Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are all forced to stay and quarantine ourselves. There is hope that we will get to travel once again. We don’t know how soon that will happen. All that staying home has made us craving for adventures, treks and being in nature. This list of treks in India will help you plan what to do after the lockdown ends, or after it is safe to travel again. Travelling to the mountains will be much safer than travelling to the cities.
Following is a list of best treks in India that you must do before you are too old.
Valley of Flowers Trek
Valley of Flowers is in an Indian National Park in the state of Uttarakhand. It is known for the unique species of alpine flowers and beautiful meadows that color up the whole landscape. The best time to visit is July to September when the flowers are in full bloom. The difficulty level is moderate, and the whole path is paved up. You may hire a horse to reduce the level of difficulty. But I highly suggest you just walk through the valley.
Kalsubai Peak, Maharashtra
Most of the treks in the Sahyadri that is the Western Ghats of India are very easy. But this one – Kalsubai is the highest peak in the state of Maharashtra. If you are living in Pune or Mumbai, this one is the nearest trek for you. With a wildlife sanctuary on one side and backwaters of Bhandardara Dam on another, the views from the top of Kalsubai peak are amazing and worth the effort. It’s best if you reach here in time for sunrise.
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Kashmir great lakes trek
Kashmir is without any doubt the best place in India. This is a trek that goes through 4 great lakes in Kashmir – Vishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake, and Gangabal Lake. In addition to these, you will pass many streams, rivers, and waterfalls along the trail. You will sleep at campsites which have scenic beauty like heaven. And during the day you will pass many photogenic spots that you will be spoilt for choice.
Har ki Doon
Har ki Doon, or Har ki Dun is a hanging valley in the Garhwal mountain ranges of Himalayas. This is located in the state of Uttarakhand in India. The trail is surrounded by snow-clad peaks and alpine vegetation. It is located inside the Govind Ballabh Pant National Park. The valley is named after Hindu god Shiva. And there are several mythological stories like the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata had walked this very trail of Har Ki Dun. Har ki Dun is also called the Valley of Gods.
The trek to Roopkund Lake will shoot up the adrenaline levels in your body for sure. The scenery and natural beauty along the hiking trail are very beautiful. But what will spike your interest is the story of Roopkund. Every summer after the snow melts; you can see hundreds of human skulls and skeletons or bones floating in the lake. Scientists have revealed that these skeletons are of the pilgrims which were passing through the valley. And after a fierce hailstorm, everyone died. Watching these skulls floating on the water, while the lake shines blue in daylight is quite never wracking. There are many other conspiracy theories behind these skulls apart from what the scientists say.