Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
The road to Saach Pass is more treacherous that’s what makes it more adventurous. Sach Pass is a pathway of hell draped in nature’s splendor full of lush green landscapes, vexed glaciated tracks, orchards, remote villages, thick forests, unblended streams and ancient temples. If you are a trekker and are willing to test your level of fitness and determination, your journey on this alpine trek will among the most adventurous and nerve tingling. It is full of turns and strenuous tracks but projects the unexploited nature with snow-clad mountains forming a picturesque horizon with sapphire skies. For the vehicular explorers, the roads are narrow and unmetalled which makes it slippery and difficult. At some points, it gets very challenging to drive on such roads for even well experienced drivers. The roadtrip experience is best after monsoons before the onset of winters.
Kheerganga lies at the extreme end of Parvati valley and the last inhabited village while trekking to pin valley via Pin-Parvati pass. It remains snow-covered during winters and only gets temporary settlement during summers which make is a perfect hide-out for those who want to smoke weed, hash etc. For Kheerganga, one has to go by motorable road up to a place called Barshaini and from there to Kheerganga on foot. The trek to the top of the hill, following the rugged terrains. Kheer Ganga is one of the most refreshing treks that you can go on anywhere. We recommend you to hire a guide for the trek. As the trek can be little more adventures for some travelers.
Marked by the presence of several mountains on the narrow and extremely roads is a small town in Solan called Darlaghat. The town was named after the local fruit of the place- Daru. The numerous spectacular ghats that are prevalent in the small town make it a perfect place for road adventure riding and trekking adventures. One needs to be extra careful about riding through these single-sided roads as the terrain is curvy and narrow as well so the chance of meeting an accident is utmost. There are also eco-tours to check out organized by the HPTDC. The wildlife sanctuary of Darlaghat is extremely famous for the exotic flora and fauna it houses. The leopards, Black Bears, Sambars, Barking deer, wild boar and red jungle fowls can be seen in this wildlife sanctuary located on the Shimla Bilaspur road. Every individual of the village once in a month on the day of Sankranti visits the village temple the Bahubada Mandir and a Rath yatra is organized as per tradition called the Jatra!
Trek To Ralam Glacier
Ralam Glacier is one of the main Himalayan glaciers situated on the hills of Pithoragarh. It is a great place for adventure connoisseurs for possessing one of the largest trek routes of India from Pithoragarh to Ralam Glacier. It is situated in Tehsil Munsiyari of Pithoragarh. It is a 50 km trek with major attractions like Ralam and Paton village, Damfu Bugyal and Ralam Glacier. This magnificent glacier is situated at the altitude of 2290 meters above the sea level. Munsiyari is the base for the trek. This glacier is situated near Ralam Dhura at Ralam Khal. It lies at the base of the Great Himalayan Wall. It is situated at an altitude of 2,290 m above sea level. The glacier is glaciological divided into two parts named Upper Ralam and Lower Ralam. From Munsiyari to Ralam Glacier it is 15 km.
Triund offers trekking for beginners. You don’t need a guide for this trek, it is great to explore on your own. You will have small tea stalls serving food on the well-marked trail to Triund. You can camp here overnight or you can come downhill before sunset. At 2800m, Triund offers a mesmerizing view of Dhauladhar range.
Trek, Mullayanagiri Peak
Topping the to-do list of any Chikmagalur visitor is trekking the Mullayanagiri peak. You can find yourself amidst hills and valleys as you go up. It is the perfect location for avid trekkers to showcase their trekking skills. The best time to take the trek is after the rainy season from September to February. The trek is a fun experience with zig zag trails and a calm ambience. You can revel in the aroma of coffee and nostalgia will greet you once you reach the top. You can find yourself being awe struck by the beauty of the surroundings. It is an exciting adventure of a lifetime to be enjoyed with friends and family. If you are a nature lover, then you just can not afford to miss this quaint hill waiting for your arrival. Adventure seekers can also satisfy their thirst for thrill here.
Maenam Hill Trek
Ravangla-Maenam Hill Trek passes through the wildlife sanctuary, hence, guides are mandatory for the entry into the forests. The guides are available at the forest barrack entry near the Ravangla monastery. The 5 hours trek passes through a dense vegetation of the flora of the region, namely the Oak, Hemlock, and Rhododendrons, the amazing diversity in the entire flora of the region is a sight to behold. The route for the trek may seem hard for occasional trekkers, but for regular trekkers, there is slightly less arduous, but a tad longer another route. The weather of the Hill is really uncertain, as rain may fall anytime, even when it may be sunny. But it is nothing to be worried about, as there is a small hut, a couple of hundred meters before the Peak, which is used by the trekkers for camping. And once you pass through the forest to the peak of the Hill, you would undoubtedly be spellbound by the breathtaking view of the majestic Himalayas.
Rajmachi is one of the favorite destinations for every trek beginners and one of the most popular trek destinations in Sahyadri Mountains. Fort stands at a height of 2750 feet overlooking the Bhorghat Pass. This fort built by Shivaji in 17th century. By Exploring the twin forts “Manaranjan” & “Shrivardhan” one can spend lots time over the fort. There are 2 routes to reach Rajmachi, first from Lonavala and other being Karjat route. Rajmachi is the popular tourist attraction of Khandala. The fort of Rajmachi is famous among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. You can start trekking from the Kondhane caves side which will take 3-4 hours of climbing if you want to experience a full-fledged trek, but otherwise you can drive right upto Udhewadi village from the Lonavala side and then trek for hardly 20-30 minutes to the top of the fort. Rajmachi is very popular beginner’s trek as it has simple and clearly marked trail on both sides the paths.
Madmaheshwar is one of the five holy Kedars in India and it can be reached by a trek of approximately 16 km from Ransi Village. Although the Madmaheshwar trekking route gets a bit steep from Bantoli, it is very easy to complete for anyone irrespective of any previous trekking experience. The beautiful scenic views that come along the way are a treat for any trekker. When you trek to madmaheshwar, you can catch a glimpse of mighty Himalayan ranges standing proudly with the snow studded crown. You can set up tents on the way to have some rest and spending time there is like having a lifetime cherishing experience. When you reach Madmaheshwar and pay reverence at the temple of Lord Shiva, all the sweat shed while trekking becomes worth. The aura of the place is itself sufficient enough to refresh you. Truly, this is something not to be missed when you are at Uttarakhand.
Valley Of Flowers Trek
Valley of flowers trek is a beautiful and enchanting route which is a perfect gateway for beginners and avid trekkers. The route is known for its breathtaking landscape and for the exotic varieties of flora and fauna which can be seen throughout the trek route. The trek is mostly on a high altitude and it starts from Govindghat on the route to Hemkund Sahib up to Ghangana. The best time to go for this trek is from mid-June till October when the entire meadow is covered with striking varieties of flora and fauna. Enrich your soul with this majestic beauty and the mystic scenic backdrop of the mighty Himalayas.
Nature Walks in Billing
The twin town of Bir-Billing is natural charming place known for Paragliding, meditation and eco-tourism. The Billing forest offers the silent walks through the woods. It is the best recreational activity to do in Bir-Billing. The forests are the part of Dhauladhar wildlife sanctuary. The forest is made up of Oak and Rhododendron trees, with a vast diversity of birds, animals, flora and fauna. There are many trekking trails going to the peaks of Dauladhar Ranges through Rajgunda Forest. There are few campsites in Billing to stay for the night to enjoy the star gazing here.
Amarnath Pilgrim Trek
It is the way to the holy shrine. You can take horses or ponies, but the best is enjoyed on trek. The colours of the surroundings will fill state of peace in your mind, that will add the lively spring in your feet so to climb up the mountains. There are many milestone points where you can stay and eat.
Barot Himri Trek
Barot Himri Trek goes through the Uhl river and Lug valley streams. It is old route used by British to transport goods between Kangra and Kullu valley via mules. This trek route pass through two low altitude moutain passes which give breathtaking views of the vallies arround. Cannabis cultivation all along the route, higher Himalayas of Lahaul and Spiti from Bhubhu and Himri Passes, apple cultivation in Lug Valley, huge horse chestnut trees both sides of Bhubhu pass and Himalayan Birch trees across Himri pass.
Trek To Meesapulimala Hill
A perfect one day trip to paradise is the trek to Meesapulimala Peak. The trek is the key to find idyllic peace in the ranges of Munnar. Adventure and fun seekers can satiate their thirst as they trek through the 8 hills. As you cross each hill, you can feel yourself getting closer to the mist covered peak. On the way up, you can see many scenic spots to capture memories and cherish moments. You can view blooming rhododendrons, charming tea estates and gurgling streams on the trek, a delight to behold. The trip offers a modern mix of peace and calm and adventure and thrill. You can find yourself basking in the beauty that nature has to offer as you tread up. With winding paths, lush greenery and picturesque views, it is a truly satisfying trek for the lost soul.
Trek to Gangotri Glacier
Gomukh, the terminus or snout of the Gangotri Glacier, from where Bhagirathi River originates, is one of the primary sources of the Ganges River. It is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site, along with Gangotri, as well as trekking destination. The complete trek from Gomukh to Gangotri Glacier is 19km. It is a trekking paradise for all the adventurous travellers. The 2013 North India Floods destroyed much of Chirbasa and Bhojbasa trail, and access is now a little difficult beyond Chirbasa due to trail deterioration and a 2 km wide rockfall site.
Trek To Dodital
An ideal beginners trek in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek includes camping alongside the beautiful Dodital ( Dodi Lake) before traversing the Darwa Pass. The pass affords impressive views of the mighty Bandarpunch(link) and the snowy ridges of the Dhaula Dhar as well as the forested ridges and meadows leading down to Hanuman Chatti a famous pilgrim town. There are interesting side trips, including a foray to Yamunotri and the the Bandarpunch Base Camp from this trek. The 18km trek to Dodi Tal commences from Agoda. A visitor encounters splendor of nature en route Dodi Tal.
Trek to Vasuki Tal
Trekking enthusiasts who love to challenge themselves trek to Vasuki Tal in the group at least of six as the trekking route is very difficult. Trekking guide is must in Vasuki Tal Trek. The trek begins from Gaurikund through Rambara, reaching up to Garur Chatti and finally making way through the Kedarnath temple. Trekkers are fascinated by the beauty of the Mandakini river who flows downwards through the route to Kedarnath temple. Dense forests housing beautiful fauna, tall Himalayan ranges and enchanting waterfalls energize the trekkers.
Located at an average height of 2100 feet to 3800 feet, Bhimashankar with its mountainous terrain and steep hills makes it a major location for trekking. The wilderness of this area invites people from across the country who wish to break free from the boredom of everyday life. The trekking sites are located in the village of Bhavagiri in the Sahyadri ranges. One of the best and most rejuvenating treks of this region you can easily access this area via train or by cars and busses. You can choose to trek to Bhimashankar via either Sidhi Ghat or Ganesh Ghat route. Both routes are equally challenging and filled with scenic beauty a enroute the Ganesh temple you can witness an exotic plethora of flora an fauna. Sidhi Ghat being more dangerous and difficult than Ganesh Ghat is a perfect opportunity to let the adrenaline rush through your veins as you embark on this fun filled journey. Trekking is particularly advisable during the monsoon season as you cannot miss out on the cool climate and picturesque view.
Hemkund Sahib Trek
Out in the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and the wild forests of pine and rhododendron lies a beautiful route to Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh shrine situated on the banks of Hemkund Lake and marks the place where Guru Govind Singh unified with God after a prolonged meditation in his previous birth. The entire journey is full of wild roses, ferns and alpine flowers blooming all along the route and the surging waters of Lakshman Ganga in its vicinity. The trek starts from Govindghat, which is a 15 km trek and is a gateway to the Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga Valley. It is an easy trek but requires fitness. The best time to visit is from May to October when you can enjoy solace and tranquility in this mystic landscape.
Chanderkhani pass-Malana trek
The Malana-Chanderkhani Pass trek is one of the most adventurous things that you will find in Manali. This lifetime experience will give you jaw dropping sights and also some gorgeous environs amidst the Himalayan mountain peaks. This trekking expedition will take you to a height of 12,000 feet into the huge white peaks of the Himalayas. The trek generally starts from Naggar village and after crossing the Chanderkhani Pass at 3600 m, the group heads to the Malana village. Malana village is known for its cultural, religious beliefs and you need to respect their beliefs when you visit there. You can also enjoy the camping near the village at night. This trek will lead you through the alpine pastures offering some of the gorgeous and stunning views of mountain peaks and open valleys. The greatest attractions are the Bara Bangal range towering hill in the west while the Pir Panjal ranges in the north and Parvati in the east. The trekking experience is a bit challenging and is often completed in 4-5 days.
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