India is buzzing with many adrenalines filled youngsters who dream of conquering a mountain or two. Trekking has started picking its pace with so many trails that India provides with beautiful settings of mountains, valleys and greenery. Depending upon the difficulty level, there is a trek available for each and everyone either in Himalayas or western ghats. India is like a treasure waiting to be explored when it comes to treks. Himalayas is the dream trekking destination for each of the trek enthusiasts so let’s see the list of some of the best treks in India.
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal is located at an high altitude of 11,500 ft is known to be one of the best meadow treks that even a first timer can attempt without any prior trekking experience. This nature setting of Dayara Bugyal with its vast expanse of meadow fields in the North-west of Uttarakhand will take your breath away. With the literal meaning of meadows in its name, Dayara Bugyal gives you an almost 270 degree view of some of the popular snow-clad mountain peaks from the top of the ridge.
The views of Bandarpoonch mountain standing tall in front of the meadows can easily surpass any trek’s view. The ever-changing colours of the trail with season gives different experience in every other season. The Gangotri range behind you and the range of Garhwal Himalayas ahead is such a rare experience that not many treks offer. Even though it has so much to offer you will find comparatively less crowd from the other Himalayan expeditions which makes it all the more exciting. Some of the other peaks like Draupadi ka Danda, Gangotri and such add beauty to this trek. The forest walk is equally exciting with its dense shadowy region which houses the number of rare bird species.
Trek Duration: 4 Days
Trek Distance: 17 km
Trek Altitude: 11,500 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Best Time to Visit: November to January
Kodachadri Hills stands in front of the evergreen forests that makes it a perfect backdrop for the town of Maravanthe. TheTrek runs along the Western Ghats perched at an altitude of 4411 feet above the sea level. It is nestled between Karnataka’s Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary which makes the trail all the more exciting with the varied wildlife species. The blooming flora and fauna is something else in the Kodachadri trekking trail.
The trek begins at the South Kanara Forest and ascends towards the peak of Kodachadri with various major hot spots. Some of the noticeable spots along the way are Sarvanja Peetha, Moolasthana, Iron pillar and Chitramoola. Each of these places has a legend and myth related to it which will take you back in time. You can explore these temples, caves and monuments along the way which is thrilling for any history buff. If you are new to trekking then Kodachadri in the south is one of the best treks to start with that spans over 2 days with a total distance of 14 km.
Trek Duration: 2 Days
Trek Distance: 14 km
Trek Altitude: 4411 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Best Time to Visit: September to January
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Dzongri Trek in Sikkim is easily comparable as a shorter version of Goechala trek. Situated at a dizzying height of 13,700 ft, Dzongri is known to be a high-altitude trek that can be done in a comparatively shorter span of time than the others. The varied terrain of the trek will take you through enchanting forest walks, spectacular views of the landscape, beautiful patches of green-golden meadows in the autumn and mighty high peaks all covered in snow in the winters. This trek takes you through a series of emotions spanning over 7 days covering an approximate of 50 km in total.
The breathtaking views of Darjeeling and Sikkim from the top are incomparable and cannot be described in words. The gorgeous valleys, green fields, picturesque settlement of the hills and snow-covered mountains all spell amazing. Starting from Yuksom you will get a view of at least 14 majestic snow mountains flanking Dzongri trail. Among which you can also see the mighty Kanchenjunga peak in all its glory. If you are looking for a wide range of experience in a short period of time then Dzongri is definitely one of the best treks in India.
Trek Duration: 7 Days
Trek Distance: 50 km
Trek Altitude: 13,700 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Best Time to Visit: March-June & September- November