Explore the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh

India is a country that is especially blessed by nature. There are such beautiful places in India that people from all parts of the world visit this amazing country but can never get enough of it. A lifetime is not enough to see all that India has in store for tourists. Every part of this country has something to offer, from the majestic Himalayan mountain range on the north to the vast Indian ocean on the south and in between there are sprawling deserts, lush green forests as well as wonders created by man, like the Taj Mahal. One such great place to visit in India is the state of Himachal Pradesh.

the stunning beauty of Himachal Pradesh

the stunning beauty of Himachal Pradesh

There are numerous tourist places in Himachal Pradesh since for one thing this state as a whole is stunningly beautiful due to the presence of the snow covered towering Himalayan range. Located at the foot of the Himalayas, this north Indian state receives a large number of tourists every year, both Indians and foreigners alike. Apart from being breathtakingly beautiful, another attraction of Himachal Pradesh is the adventure sports offered here. You can enjoy the adrenaline rush with white water rafting or paragliding or the best of all trekking. There are many trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh that you can enjoy during your trip to this charming hill state.

Skiing and zorbing are also extremely enjoyable adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh but there are only certain places where you can enjoy these adventure activities. On the other hand, trekking can be taken up from any part of Himachal Pradesh since the excellent mountainous terrains provide for the best trekking experiences. You would feel refreshed with a trekking expedition in the Himachal Pradesh due to the pleasant weather, fresh crisp air and the natural beauty slowly unfolding in front of your eyes as you continue your trek. Apart from being an adventure sport, trekking is the best way to explore the surroundings of a mountainous terrain like Himachal Pradesh.

trekking at Himachal Pradesh

trekking at Himachal Pradesh

There are many tour operators in India offering trekking tours to Himachal Pradesh. The best thing about traveling with a tour operator is that for one thing you would not have to worry about anything, from accommodation to transport and another benefit is that you can be a part of an organized trekking expedition. It is a much more fun experience trekking with company to enjoy the beauty than trekking alone.

Have a rejuvenating trekking trip to Sikkim

Sikkim is one of the most serene and beautiful states of India. Located in the north eastern part, the view of the Himalayan range from Sikkim is absolutely breath taking, which explains the reason for this state being a paradise for trekking in India. The weather and natural beauty of Sikkim is such that you would be mesmerized and enjoy trekking without feeling any kinds of tiredness. And the best thing about this beautiful north eastern state of India, located at the foot of the eastern Himalayas is that you can visit anytime of the year. It is equally beautiful during the spring as it is in the winters.

the view of sunset on Kangcendzonga in Sikkim

the view of sunset on Kangcendzonga in Sikkim

There are many trails for trekking in Sikkim but the most popular and the most challenging one is the trek to Kangcendzonga, the third highest peak in the Himalayan mountain range. People from all over the world and India too prefer Sikkim trekking for the challenges provided by the trails, especially Kancendzonga, in the crisp, pleasant weather and the stunning beauty of the surrounding regions. You would just need to get a view of the Kancendzonga once to fall in love with its exotic beauty. But trekking to Kancendzonga requires professional training since this is one extremely difficult trek. If you are new to trekking, take the less challenging but equally beautiful trekking trails of Sikkim.

Trekking in Sikkim is carried out in a well organized way since the ecosystem of most of the mountain terrains of this state is quite fragile. You would not only need a special permit for trekking in this beautiful state but it is not permitted to trek alone here. Namchi is Sikkim’s district head quarters and offers not only a beautiful view of the majestic exquisite Kancendzonga but is also the best base for starting your trek. There are ample numbers of hotels, private resorts and government tourist lodges in Namchi as well as other places in Sikkim and hence you would not have any trouble finding a proper accommodation.

the challenging trek to Kangcendzonga in Sikkim

the challenging trek to Kangcendzonga in Sikkim

There are many tour packages in India that offers special trekking tours to various destinations of India, including Sikkim. All the permits, accommodation and transport too would be arranged by the tour company, if you find a reputed and good tour operating company. You would not have to worry about a thing but just enjoy your trekking tour to this paradise of trekkers called Sikkim.

Trekking in the Heart of India

The heart of the country, Madhya Pradesh is known for its culture and breathtakingly beautiful historical places of visit. Located in the central part of the country and the Satpura, Vindhya ranges running through west of the state, it makes up a perfect adventure spot for the adrenaline filled adventurers.  Although the tourism industry of this state is not well-developed, there are many facilities available to go and enjoy the trip hassle free. There are many trekking locations in this state.

Firstly, if you are looking for a short trek trip, there’s always Sanchi Bike Trek and Raisen Bike Trek, for which you would be roaming all around Bhopal and Sanchi, Raisen Fort.

There’s also another option of going to Bandhavgarh National Park. This forest is a small one, but the wildlife, flora and fauna here gives you the best wildlife experience ever. And trekking through the jungle is a fun-filled activity especially when you are in a group. Kanha  National Park Treks are also noteworthy in this context provided you can spare a good 5-7 days for the activity. You would be coming back with a lot of first-hand adventure filled experiences.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

When there’s ample of time, you can always try the most adventurous Pachmarhi & Satpura Wildlife Trek. Pachmarhi is the one and only hill station of the state which is also called as “Satpura ki Rani”is at an altitude of 1000 m, and the highest point in the central region of India and the paradise for trekkers of Pachmarhi is Dhupgarh, which is at an altitude of 1100 m.

Panchmarhi Valley

Panchmarhi Valley

Pachmarhi is not a big happening area, but tourists can find decent accommodations in the civil area throughout the year. Due to forests of Satpuras and the rivers, this place is an abode for various kinds of rare flora and fauna.  The trekkers can start from the famed Pandava caves, which are named after the five Pandava kings, and these caves consist of ancient paintings dating back to 10,000 years. From Pandava Caves to Dhupgarh, stopping near the Big Falls waterfalls to get the panoramic view of the hills, one would never forget the trek once they reach the highest point.

Amarkantak is another place where you can test your mountaineering skills and give fodder to those adventure-filled bones. Its picturesque and scenic beauty has made many travelers fall in love. This is a pilgrim town and is soon being developed as a hill-station owing to the mountains and scenic beauty.

Amarkantak Forests

Amarkantak Forests

 

Easy Treks in India: An Overview

Trekking on the rugged yet adventurous trails of mighty Himalayas is undoubtedly one of the most pleasurable activities for adventure freaks out there. Along with indulging in an exhilarating adventure activity, it is one of the best ways to take a sneak peak into the lifestyles of the locals residing there. India offers some of the best trekking routes to the passionate enthusiasts. However, the country also has a lot of simple and easy to cover treks in its store! In case you are not among those regular adventure lovers, but would love to trek the Himalayas, here we have enlisted some of the easy treks in India.

Chopta Chandrashila Trek

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Renowned as one of the best trekking routes of the pristine Garhwal Himalayas, Chopta Chandrashila Trek can be covered at any time of the year. The awe-inspiring view of the snow-clad Himalayas from the Chandrashila point on this trekking route is just fabulous. While undertaking this trek, be prepared for encountering snowfall and experiencing the best moments of your life.

Sham Valley Trek

Glacier trek

Owing to its lower altitude, Sham Valley Trek is also called as a Baby Trek. Offering angelic views of various spiritual monasteries, picturesque landscapes and scenic Apricot Valley, it is definitely one of the best trekking camps in India. It’s an easy trek as you would have to over around 4500 meters only. And the alluring views en-route are just awesome!

Valley of Flowers Trek

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Encasing the most diverse flora species, Valley of flowers is undoubtedly among the dream destinations of many! Go for this simple trek and explore what all it has in store for you. Adventure, fun and stunning nature views are guaranteed in the spectacular foothills of Himalayas. You can go for this trekking trip from June to the mid of September.

Dzongri Trek

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Perched at an elevation of 4020 meters from the sea level, Dzongri Trek is another easy trek in India. The trekking trail runs through lush green forests of oak, birch, bamboo and rhododendron. The spectacular vistas of Mt. Pandim and Kanchenjunga offered by this trekking route are simply breathtaking.  Being one of the simple and adventurous trekking camps in India, Dzongri Trek is the popular choice of many trekkers.

Your Mini Guide to Weekend Treks Around Mumbai

Bounded on the western coast of India is the popular city of Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, it is the capital to the Indian state of Maharashtra. Surrounded by Thane and Navi Mumbai, Mumbai is one of the most densely populated cities in India. Widely known for the glamorous Bollywood industry, it is visited by plethora of tourists worldwide.

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However, Mumbai is a paradise for nature lovers as well. The sublime natural beauty of the city and the surrounding areas is simply fabulous. All you need to do is just take out some time and hunt some interesting weekend getaway or trekking options in and around its vicinity. Here we have penned down few must-visit trekking spots near this scintillating city.

Chinchoti, Naigaon

Chinchoti, Naigaon

 

For trekking enthusiasts, North Mumbai is seriously a treasure trove. Chinchoti in Naigaon lying at the Mumbai and Ahemdabad highway is one of the best destinations for people seeking trekking in Mumbai. Ideal for beginners, this 3 hour long trek is a treat for nature lovers, as they would get to see the most alluring vistas of nature during their expedition.

Harishchandragad Trek

Harishchandragad Trek

Yet another spot f or trekking in Mumbai awaits you to try your hands on! Harishchandragad Trek ranks among the topmost trek spots around the city. Nestled in the Ahmednagar district, this two day trek route offers average to tougher levels of trekking. The rocky cliffs, uneven trails, rugged terrains and caves here form the ideal setting for the best weekend trekking experience.

Gambhirnath Caves

Gambhirnath Caves

 

Located in proximity to the Beed village close to Karjat, Gambhirnath Caves offer great trekking trails starting at the village only. Walking through the village, crossing so many cultivated fields and odd stream with the gradually changing topography would lead you to the caves.

Takmak Fort 

Takmak Fort

 

Located in Vasai, Takmak Fort is a picturesque spot from the past. Though it’s not a hardcore trekking route, it is quite popular among locals and tourists for undertaking a short hike. For reaching the fort, you will have to take a short walk from the Sakwar village to the hill where the fort is situated.

Tips to Choose the Right Treks for Team Outing

Trekking on rugged and tougher routes is the wish of all the hard-core trekking enthusiasts. Every new challenge at new route gives them the real adventure and thrill that they have been looking for! However, the scenario is somewhat different when it comes to a corporate team outing willing to go on trekking. Apart from the adrenaline rush, there are many other factors that need to taken into account when it’s about team outing. Few of the essential are listed below.

Fitness of Team Members

 Fitness of Team Members

 

Health of team members is one of the topmost decisive factors in choosing the trekking routes for a corporate outing. Each member participating in the adventurous trekking expedition must be in the best of his/her health. Team members suffering from fatigue, weakness or any kinds of illness are recommended not to be the part of such team outing treks.

Distance of the Trekking Route

 Distance of the Trekking Route

 

Once it is confirmed that all the members are medically fit to undergo on a team outing trek, it is the distance of the trekking route that needs to be given due consideration. Choosing a simple trek without rugged path will be a good idea. As many of the team members would be novice trekkers, the trekking distance must not be more than 5 km in distance.

Precautionary Measures

 

Precautionary Measures

 

It is always advisable to follow the precautionary measures when going on trekking expeditions. For team treks, it is advisable to keep a first aid kit with medicines, antiseptics and bandages. It would be great if the team outing for trekking includes any experienced trekker as they can guide others throughout the trekking routes.

Prepare Everything Right

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Before embarking on your trekking route, it would be beneficial to do some basic checks. Give due preference to the clothing of trekking team members, they must be dressed in a comfortable wear like lose clothing would be ideal as you would be trekking through rough paths. In addition to this, also make sure that each member undergoing the trekking expedition has eaten well. It would be uncomfortable to go on trekking with an empty stomach. However, eating too much and less can also cause problems, so you should know how much to eat before going on trekking. And yes, carry lots of water, as it would be your best friend while passing through the trails.