Announcing: 100 treks to do in 26 states of India

Exploratory

There’s a trek running through every state of India, even unexpected states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Out of these 26 states in India, we present you 100 of the best treks. These treks are absolutely superb. They meander through majestic hills, dense forests, ancient ruins and even criss-cross unexpected plains. Pack your bags, get set and go! Most of them don’t require more than a weekend or support.

We need help: Most of the 100 treks documented here need more information. There are two ways to contribute to the information. One, if you have been on any of these treks, get in touch with us immediately. We’ll take your interview and add to the information. Two, if you would like to do any of these treks, let us know in advance. We’ll let you know the information that we would like you to collect. After the trek we’ll interview you.

Either way, we are giving out lovely trek goodies for those who contribute to the information. We are giving out Crosstrek Trekking Poles, hiking caps with flaps, certificates, badges and Trek Vouchers.

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Here goes:

Himachal Pradesh

  1. Bhrigu Lake Trek:

Location: Manali

Duration: 3 days

Start point: Gulaba

End point: Vashisht

Best Time: May end till July. Sept. till October

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A blazing blue Brighu Lake sits snug between two high-altitude ridges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for a perfect weekend trek and is well- suited for families. The remarkable thing about this trek is that one can reach an impressive altitude of 14,000 feet and experience snow over just second day of trekking! To add to that, the camping grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like views to wake up to.  Read more about this trek here.

  1. Jalori Pass Trek:

Location: Jibbi, Siraj Valley, Shimla Dist.

Duration: 2 to 3 days

Start point: Jibbi

End point: Khanag

Best Time: May till July. Sept. till October

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Weaving through the countryside, Siraj valley in Himachal provides trekkers with the incomparable experience of witnessing the most ancient and remote villages in the Himalayas. A short trail that leads from the village of Gada Gussain, to the meadow and lake around Jalori Pass. With good road connectivity with Shimla, this is an easy trek which can be done by anyone. Read more about this trek here.

  1. Hatu Peak Trek:

Location: Narkanda, Shimla Dist. Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Narkanda

End point: Thanedar or Baggi

Best Time: April till December

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This trek begins from the small town of Narkanda that’s 60 kilometers drive from Shimla. Trekking in the rich canopy of coniferous forests of Narkanda has been done by tourists and trekkers alike. But with all the buzz, the seven kilometer trail to Hatu Peak (9850 feet) and beyond has a special charm to it. There are few shepherd trails from Hatu Peak to adjacent villages like Baggi and a charming Tanni Jubber lake is 12 kilometers from Hatu Peak that can be done with an overnight camping. This is one of those time saving himalayan treks that can be done over a weekend.

  1. Parang La:

Location: Kibber, Spiti, H.P

Duration: 9 days

Start point: Kibber

End point: Korzok

Best Time: June till July, Sept. till October

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 A 105 km of a roller coaster trek, Parang La scores high on thrills of traversing a 18,307 feet pass in remote Spiti region of Himachal. The challenge of crossing a formidable Pare Chu river in a region where fording a river can be a harrowing experience. Regardless Parang La trek is the best Himalayan trek for experienced trekkers in Spiti. A 9 day trek starting from Kibber Village in Spiti connects to Korzok, a remote village next to the famous Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh. The wide gorges of Spitian Valley are gorgeous and one of the kind. The average day of trekking here has long walks with multiple river crossings. Taking the ancient trade route between Spiti and Changthang region of Ladakh the landscape drastically changes from deep gorges to broad plains as you cross over a snowbound Parang La. The plains of changthang valley greets you as you descend down next to a oval shaped Tso Moriri Lake.

  1. Saurkundi Pass:

Location: Kullu, H.P

Duration: 6 days

Start point: Babelli

End point: Alu grounds

Best Time:  May till July. Sept. till October

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Saurkundi Pass is one of the most popular treks in Kullu Valley. The high influx of trekkers on this route was popularized by Youth Hostel of India. A trek to Saurkundi Pass is a great beginners week long Himalayan trek. The base camp, Babelli is only 7 km away from Kullu Town. The days for trekking are panned out nicely which makes trekking a fun activity for beginners. The initial two days of trekking takes you through a few kullu villages and dense forest. On day three you leave the forest ridge behind as you reach a beautiful campsite of Daura Thach. The climb to Saurkundi Pass is gradual with delightful twists in scenery. Leaving the grassland you now enter the snowline. From the summit the views of the Pir Pinjal range is magnificent. At an elevation of over 12,800 feet, it gives an immense satisfaction to reach the summit of the pass. The trek wraps up with a pleasant down-hill trek to Alu grounds from where one can drive to Manali.

  1. Lamkhaga Pass Trek:

Location: Chitkul, Kinnaur dist. H.P

Duration: 7 days

Start point: Chitkul

End point: Harsil

Best Time: May end till June, September till early Oct.

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Lamkhaga is a classic pass traverse and comes highly recommended. One of the most popular high altitude treks, Lamkhaga is at an elevation of 5,284 m. It connects Baspa Valley of Himachal with Harsil of Uttarakhand. A 90 kilometer, 7 days trek is attempted either from Chitkul or Harsil. An inner line permit is needed from ITBP to do this trek.

  1. Deo Tibba B.C Trek:

Location: Manali, H.P

Duration: 6 days

Start point: Jagatsukh

End point: Jagatsukh

Best Time: June, till Oct.

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Deo Tibba trek that goes to 15,748 feet in close proximity to Manali is a trek which is rarely done. It is an excellent trek for acclimatization purpose and for great views of the valley and the mountains. The fact that it is trekked seldom makes an interesting alternative to Hamta Pass trek which is at its vicinity. A six day, 70 km trek starts from Jagatsukh which is 45 km drive from Manali. It has beautiful walks along alpine flowers and dense forest. The wide meadow of Chikkha is perfect for camping. The overhanging view of Deo Tibba glacier below Deo Tibba Peak from here forth is enticing. The trek to the higher grassland and to the base of the glacier is full of surprises.

  1. Bara Bhangal Trek:

Location: Kullu, Kangra valley

Duration: 9 days

Start point: Manali

End point: Rajgundha

Best Time: June till October, except monsoon season

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Bara Bhangal is also known for its 100 km of vintage shepherd trail that climbs 4610 meters in the remotest of Kullu Valley. Add the thrills of two pass crossings of Thamsar, Kailhani and you have a worthy trek for exploration. The 9  day trek is done from Manali and ends in a remote village in Kangra Valley.

Uttarakhand

  1. Satopanth Lake:

Location: Badrinath, Garhwal

Duration: 6 days

Start point: Badrinath

End point: Badrinath

Best Time: June till Sept. except monsoon season

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Close to the hustle-bustle of the holy town of Badrinath lies in a secluded glacial lake called Satopanth. Hidden amidst the most impressive ranges of the Garhwal region, this bright green lake exudes grace and serenity. It makes for a perfect detour from a pilgrimage to Badrinath. Although located just 22 km from the popular Badrinath, the trail has several hidden treasures. The short distance of Satopanth Lake Trek is well-compensated with a frequent change in sceneries. This makes Satopanth Lake score high as one of the most popular treks in Badrinath region that’s 44 kilometers in length. Read more about this trek here.

  1. Kanari Khal Trek:

Location: Joshimath, Garhwal

Duration: 6 days

Start point: Jumma Village

End point: Jumma

Best Time: Early May till June. Sept. till Oct.

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Kanari Khal is an excellent alternative to the famous Bagini Glacier Trek that begins from Jumma, 44 kilometers from Joshimath. Situated approximately 11 km from Bagini Glacier at an altitude of 4,150 meter, this trek to the summit ridge poses just the right amount of challenge, beauty and adventure. The trek to Kanari Khal is packed with rivers, waterfalls, high-altitude grassland, carpets of wild flowers, snow-covered peaks, forests and mountain villages and is 48 kilometers long. It’s an easy-paced trek, with changing sceneries. If you’re planning a trip to Joshimath or Badrinath, you could add few more days and cover this highly rewarding trek. Read more about this trek here.

  1. Kagbhushandi Lake Trek:

Location: Govindghat, Garhwal

Duration: 5 days for lake trek. 7 to 8 days for extended trek down to Vishnuprayag

Start point: Govindghat

End point: Govindghat or Vishnuprayag

Best Time: June till July. September till Oct.

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Hidden in the vicinity of the famous Hemkund Lake is Kagbhushandi which off late has become popular with trekkers. This green colored lake sits pretty below the base of the famous Hathi Ghoda Peak. Located at an impressive elevation of over 4325 m, the approach to the lake requires strenuous hike over snow and scree. The route goes from Govindghat and bifurcates towards right of the valley to Bhuyander. From there it takes 3 days to reach the lake. For experienced trekkers there is further scope of trekking over Barmai Pass and descent down to Visnuprayag near Joshimath and covers approximately 60 kilometers.

  1. Ronti Saddle Trek:

Location: Lohajung, Garhwal

Duration: 9 days

Start point: Lohajung

End point: Lohajung or Ghat

Best Time: June, Sept till Oct.

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Ronti Saddle is an intriguing trek especially for those who have trekked to Roopkund. From Junargali Pass (above Roopkund), one can see a saddle like ridge that connects Nandaghunti range with Trishul range. The Ronti Valley is full of secrets with a hidden Homkund lake. It is famous for being the base camp for climbing of peaks like Trishul 1 and Nandaghunti. This nine day/ 90 kilometers trek can be attempted either from Lohajung via Roopkund trail or from Ghat. And it climbs up to 5150 meters.

13. Bhadraj Hill Trek:

Location: Mussoorie, Garhwal

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Cloud end, Dhundi

End point: Cloud end

Best Time: April till November. All year trek

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 Trek to Bhadraj Hill takes one on the outskirts of Mussoorie through miles of oak forests, with cool breeze to refresh you. It is also known as the ‘milkman trail’. It climbs up to 2450 meters. A 16 kilometer trek can either be done in a day or with an overnight camping. The trek can be done from two routes. First from Cloud end take the trail going from Dhundi and the other goes from Kothi. A leisure trek is a must to do in Mussoorie.

  1. Dharansi Pass Trek (Nanda Devi outer sanctum Trek):

Location: Joshimath, Garhwal

Duration: 5 days

Start point: Lata Village

End point: Lata Village

Best Time: May till June. Sept. till Oct.

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At the gateway to the famous Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Dharansi Pass (4210 m) is a the closest one can get to the inner sanctum. The six day trek starts from Lata Village, 25 km drive from Joshimath. The trek is short (54 kms) and has best views of the region. Some say the views are better than Kuari Pass. The Pass is also surprisingly not difficult to reach. The meadows of Lata Khatak and Saini Khatak are beautiful. Dharansi pass is tantalizingly located at the base between Nanda Devi, Dungari Peaks. Over all it is one of those treks that should not be missed in the Joshimath region.

  1. Sahastra (Shatru) Lake Trek:

Location: Uttarkashi, Garhwal

Duration: 7 days

Start point: Malla village, Bhatwari

End point: Pinswar roadhead

Best Time: May end till June, Sept. till Oct.

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The green ridge of Kush Kalyan is also known as the lake district of Garhwal. This is home to some of the unheard lakes like Sahastra, Lamb, Dodhi Lakes. The seven day, 80 kilometer trek (altitude 4200 m) starts from Malla Village, which is 40 km ahead of Uttarkashi, near Bhatwari. The opposing view of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag ranges is impressive with such heights. The route is seldom trekked and makes for an impressive exploration.

  1. Adi Kailash Trek:

Location: Dharchula, Kumaon

Duration: 13 days

Start point: Sirkha, Kuthi

End point: Bridge, Dar

Best Time: June, September, Oct.

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A mythological trek of an epic proportion, Adi Kailash Trek is one hell of a package.The trek connects just at the proximity of Indo- Nepal- China border through Byans and Darma Valleys. An inner line permit is required to do this trek. The highlight of the trek is the rare glimpse of the Om Parvat which is highly revered. A long expedition like trek requires crossing of a difficult Shinla pass (5305 m) from Kuthi valley as you enter Dharma valley. The final 3 days (over 100 kms) of the trek retraces the return route of the famous Panchachuli Base camp trek. One can also choose not to cross the pass and return back to the same route as well.

 17. Jim Corbett to Nainital Forest Trek:

Location: Jim Corbett Park, Nainital dist.

Duration: 6 days trek

Start point: Kumeria Bridge near Ramnagar

End point: Nainital

Best Time: Feb. till March

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There is nothing more enticing than a forest trek in a national park. Trekking through the dense jungle of Jim Corbett to Nainital is the most adventurous thing one can do. A six days of trekking takes you through some of the most exciting camping spots next to colonial bungalows. Trek along a beautiful Kosi river towards higher grounds of Khunjakharak and Vinayak. As you gain altitude, the views from the top of the ridge of Uttarakhand peaks is a sight to see. The trek is done from Kumeria, 35 km drive away from Ramnagar. It is highly advisable to hire a local guide, or one recommended by Forest Department. The highest altitude is reached Sigri at 2350 m.

Ladakh

  1. Tso Kar – Tso Moriri Lake

Duration: 7 days

Location: Changthang Plateau , Ladakh

Start point: Tso Kar

End point: Korzok

Best Time: July till Sept.

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Tso Kar to Tso Moriri Lake is nothing less than a fantasy trek in a perceived imaginary world. It is a starkly beautiful region of high altitude arid plains, beautiful grasslands and hauntingly eerie lakes. The things you get to see and experience in this trek is unparalleled. Walking in an isolated arid region has a special charm. The landscapes are so outlandish they don’t seem to belong from this world. This six day trek (60 kms) can be done from either Tso Kar campsite or Karzok village. It reaches the highest altitude of 5450 m at Nyaulung la.

  1. Snow Leopard Trail:

Location: Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Duration: 3 to 4 days

Start point: Rumbak, entry gate

End point: Rumbak

Best Time: January till February

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A unique himalayan trek meant for tracking and seeing a wild snow leopard in Ladakh wilderness. The Rumbak Valley in Hemis National Park, Ladakh is known for its 300 species of birds and 30 species of mammals. Drive from Leh to Zingchen from where one treks to Rumbak. The trek itinerary is flexible depending upon how much remote you are willing to go inside the Valley. Ideally three to four days of trekking over 40 kilometer is the popular route done here. The trek for spotting the elusive snow leopards is done in winter season making it a harsh trek in difficult weather conditions.

  1. Lamayuru – Kongski la Base Frozen river Winter Trek:

Location: Ladakh

Duration: 5 to 6 days

Start point: Lamayuru

End point: Lamayuru

Best Time: Jan. till Feb.

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A shorter trek on the famous Lamayuru to Darcha route has recently been influxed by trekkers who could not trek to Chadar. The frozen Indus tributary gives a mini Chadar frozen river like setting. Trekking past the frozen moonscape rock formation is a riveting sight. A six day, 52 kilometer trek, starts from Lamayuru, a five hour drive from Leh. Pass through Lamayuru (Gompa) monastery passing Wanla, Hinju. During the months of January, February expect the river to be frozen and perfect for walking over it. The highest elevation of the trek is the base camp of Kongski La at 3,900 meters.

Karnataka

  1. Ankola-Gokarna Beach Trek :

Location: Uttara Kannada Dist, Karnataka

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Belikere bus stand

End point: Gokarna Beach Point

Best Time: Nov. till March and Monsoon season (July, August)

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Ankola and Gokarna are two of the most beautiful beach towns in Karnataka. The trek coincides with the longer duration Golden route trek (Belikeri to Honnavara). A leisure weekend beach trek is a perfect option to head out with family. The trek is done from Belikere, 30 minutes from Ankola. The beach trail is tucked in between the Agnashini, Gangavalli rivers. The trek is done best in monsoon season along the occasional rain. Carry a long rope with you for river crossings. The trek can be done in a day with about 6 to 7 hours of trekking along coastal beach trails. 2 major stream crossings also is required. An overnight stop over is advisable.

  1. Amedikallu Trek:

Location: Charmadi

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Shishila

End point: Nishani Gudda

Best Time: June to October

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The 8 kilometer trek one-way to this prominent peak in Charmadi range begins from Shishila village. The range in which Amedikallu is situated also includes Kudremukh, Hirimariguppe, Durgadabetta, Barekallu, Mullayyanagiri and Ettina Bhuja, ending with Nishani Gudda. This one is a six hour trek, and an arduous one in that which requires some preparation. The altitude is 1299 m.

The best way to reach Shisila village is to get off at Kokkada on Bengaluru – Dharmasthala highway and hire an auto rickshaw.

  1. Ranganathaswamy Betta Trek:

Location: Bengaluru

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Bilikal Betta

End point: Lord Ranganatha Swamy temple

Best Time: June to October

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This is a 5-km trek to the temple of Lord Ranganatha Swamy, situated in Bilikal Hill 70 kilometers away from Bengaluru. This hill has also come to be called as Ranganathaswamy Betta. This trek holds the beauty of the western ghats like any other trek in the South. Though the trails could be confusing and so a guide would be helpful here.

The trail meanders through the land of elephants, lush green fields and sunflower plantations. Point to note is that Ranganathaswamy temple is open only on Saturdays.

  1. Hebri Nature Trek:

Location: Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Duration: Monsoon

Start point: Hebri town

End point: Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary

Best Time: November to February

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This jungle trail is placed in Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. It goes over gushing streams and rapids. And is a delight for bid-watchers.

Situated around 400 kilometers away from Bengaluru, Hebri Nature Trek is a good one day option for trekkers, especially during monsoons. Other nearby areas you can check out when on this trails are Onakabbi Falls, Jamblu Tirtha and Agumbe Sunset Point.

  1. Kodekallu and Baalekallu Trek:

Location: Bengaluru

Duration: 2 day

Start point: Charmandi

End point: Charmandi

Best Time: June to October

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Here are two treks combined into one – to Baalekallu and Kodekallu. Alekkan waterfall is also in the vicinity, for those who wish to explore.

Best way to get there is to travel from Dharmasthala to Ujire and then to Charmandi. Reach Charmandi early in morning, freshen up and take the bus which takes you to Charmandi ghats some 20 kilometers away. The trail begins from behind a temple and goes up to Ballekallu peak in 45 minutes. In another 45 minutes the trail reaches the umbrella shaped rock of Kodekallu. This umbrella rock is a good place to have lunch.

This trail that’s approximately 300 kilometers from Bengaluru packs three punches in a row. A good option to explore in monsoons.

  1. Murkannu Gudda and Hadlu Waterfalls Trek:

Location: Bengaluru

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Sakleshpur

End point: Sakleshpur

Best Time: June to October

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Starting around 200 kilometers from Bengaluru from Sakleshpur, Murkannu Gudda and Hadlu Falls provide good escape options from the city’s chaos. This trek is unique in the kind of variety it offers. While on this trail you go through phases of plantations, angular mountains, thick jungle and rustic villages.

At Murkannu Gudda is a pretty man-made lake. And the Hadlu waterfall has six different stages to it and is at the height of 3856 feet. In totality this trek takes around 5 hours.

  1. Kunti Betta Trek

Location: Bengaluru

Duration:  1 day

Start point: Pandavapura

End point: Pandavapura

Best Time: All year round except summers (June to February)

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This trek begins around 123 kilometers from Bengaluru, and it requires preparation. Kunti Betta trek easily falls into the bracket of moderate-difficult trek because of the strenuous hike. What makes it difficult are the steep rocks a trekker has to manoeuvre. These are volcanic rocks. And it is situated near the town of Pandavapura in Mandya District. This hillock is 3116 feet high and has a stone pillar on it’s top that’s visible from afar.

From the top you see magnificent Thonur Lake and intermittent stretches of sugarcane fields and moorlands. The smell of jaggery plants is characteristic to this trek.

  1. Skandagiri Trek:

Location: Bengaluru

Duration:Half day

Start point: Chikkaballapur

End point: Chikkaballapur

Best Time: September-February

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This trek begins 70 kilometers away from Bengaluru at Chikkaballapur and is a well known stop over on Nandi Hills. The trek to Skandagiri is a 2-hour trek and takes you to a fort that was made in the 18th century at the height of 4429 feet. While night trek is possible to Skandagiri, it is necessary to go ahead with required permission from police.

Camping can be explored as a good option for this trek, given the spectacular views it provides early in the morning. It is advisable to undertake this trek in winters to beat the heat.

Goa

  1. Dudhsagar Waterfalls Trek:

Location: Dudhsagar, Karnataka-Goa Border

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Dudhsagar Railway Station or Kulam station

End point: Dudhsagar Railway Station or Kulam station

Best Time: June till September

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Stowed away on the border between Goa and Karnataka is Dudhsagar, one of India’s tallest waterfalls. Most trails boast of rich flora, fauna and sceneries and so does this one. However, this trek has an added highlight – something that few treks in the world do – a good old railway track! Trekking alongside a railway track that winds through forests, tunnels and waterfalls is a rare and inviting experience. Read more about this trek here.

  1. Valpoi Trek:

Location: Thivim, Goa

Duration: Half day

Start point: Valpoi

End point: Sonsogor

Best Time: June to October

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Here’s a trek that takes you 15 kilometers to the east towards Krishnapur Canyon. And Valpoi, a place that’s 45 minutes from Thivim in Goa opens up routes to some of the neighbouring peaks of Vagheri hills. There Vagheri peaks come in the Sattari Taluka and the highest of those – Sonsogor – can be climbed in an hour from Chorla Ghat.

Andaman

  1. Saddle Peak:

Location: Andaman

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Forest Check post Lamia Bay End point: Forest Check post Lamia Bay

Best Time: Nov. till Feb.

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If you plan a trip to Andaman, make sure you reserve a day for this trek to the highest peak in Andaman. Evergreen forests, massive trees, colourful chirping birds; the trek is so fascinating that it takes you back in time. Once at the peak, you can see the vast blue sea – Kalipur beach, Craggy Island, Lamia Bay – on one side and dense forests on another. You even have the luxury of choosing from two trails, one on the beach and another through the forest. The trail takes you to the highest point in the Andaman Islands and the scenery from here is simply breath-taking. The trail itself is a beautiful divine experience, you can follow the beach while enjoying the rising sun and then cut through the jungle and climb up to the top. Read more about this trek here.

Maharashtra

  1. Lonar Crater Lake:

Location: Lonar, Buldana dist. Maharashtra :

Duration: 1 day trek

Start point: MTDC Hotel, Lonar

End point: MTDC Hotel, Lonar

Best Time: All year round

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The last thing one would expect to see in the humble Buldwana district of Maharashtra is a 50,000-year-old cosmically created crater lake. Beauty, science, religion – the 6 km perimeter of the Lonar Crater Lake has many more aspects still waiting to be explored. Situated 8 km from Mumbai, this trek makes for a perfect weekend adventure.Read more about this trek here.

  1. Sudhagad Fort Trek:

Location: Raigad dist. Maharahtra

Duration: 2 day trek

Start point: Khapoli, Pali

End point: Khapoli

Best Time: July

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Trek to Sudhagad fort takes you to a paradise covered with green carpet for as far as the eye can see. It makes for an easy getaway to spend the time in solitude. Sudhagad offers a wonderful and an easy trek for everyone and in all seasons. Sudhagad lies in Pali which is centrally located between Mumbai and Pune only few hours away. Situated at the height of about 618 meters is well fortified by steep cliffs and has staircases to navigate the steep patch en-route. It can be done as a single day trek but an overnight camp is advisable. One can set a camp in the waada (old style village house with a huge open space in the centre).

  1. Mahabaleswar – Satara Hills Trek:

Location: Belmachi, Satpura Hills

Duration: 3 days

Start point: Belmachi or Lagadwadi

End point: Bawdhan

Best Time: July

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This is a three day trek to twin forts of Chandan-Vandan, Pandavgad, Vairatgad, Bawdhan in Satara Hills. The trek is a collection of three days trek that can be done together over a longer weekend. Chandan-Vandan forts is 23 kilometer away from Satara. The trek can be attempted from two routes, either Belmachi or Lagadwadi village. Taking the connecting ridge that connects with Mahableswar plateau one reaches the other forts of Pandavgad, Viratgad, Bawdhan.

  1. Mahuli Fort Trek:

Location: Thane district

Duration: 1/2 trek

Start point: Asangaon

End point: Mahuli Fort

Best Time: Monsoon

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The eastern side of Mahuli Fort trek can be accessed from Asangaon. As we begin trekking towards Mahuli Fort we see the ruins of Mahadarwaza. There comes a bamboo forest on the way from where Ajobagad, Kalsubai, Harishchandragad, Alang, Madan, Kulang, Matheran range, Tansa and Tungareshwar are seen.

It is 2815 feet high and is the highest in Thane district and is a 2 hours 30 minutes trek approximately.

  1. Sandhan Valley Trek:

Location: Samrad village

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Ghoti/ Bhandardara/ Samrad

End point: Sandhan Valley

Best Time: Throughout year except monsoon

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Sandhan valley is a water carved valley that’s 200 ft deep and about 1.5kilometer  long that’s called valley of shadow. To it’s east is the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. It is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang mountain ranges. Brilliant and deep narrow rock floored ravine between the two high walls of mountain range. At some places its width is less than 3 ft so that at some places sun rays unable to reach. So it’s called valley of shadow. It is accessible throughout the year except monsoon. To go at end side of gorge you have cross 2-3 water pools, water level changes according to seasons, in winter it is up to waist & in summer it is up to knee height. At the end of valley you get magnificent view of high cliffs & deep valley.

Sandhan Valley can be accessed from Igatpuri via Ghoti, Bhandardhara and Samrad.

 37. Asherigad Trek:

Location: North Virar

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Khadkona

End point: Khadkona

Best Time: June to October

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This place is situated near Manor naka (North of Virar) on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. Asherigad is separated from the main Sahyadri range. Another mountain Aadsul lies close by. Kohoj, Tak Mak and Chinchoti waterfall are other famous places in the surrounding area. The base village of Asherigad is ‘Khadkona’.

  1. Kondana Caves Trek:

Location: Lonavala

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Kondana

End point: Kondana

Best Time: June to October

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Kondana Caves are located in small village, Kondana, 33 km north of Lonavala and 16 km north west of Karla Caves. This cave group has 16 Buddhist caves. The caves were excavated in first century B.C. The construction on wooden pattern is notable.The cave only one inscription on the front of the Chaitya, which gives information about donors. 

  1. Salher Trek:

Location: Nasik

Duration: 2 day trek

Start point: Satana

End point: Satana

Best Time: June to October

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Salher is the highest fort in Maharashtra which offers spectacular views of the Baglan mountain range in Nasik. This fort has a good historic importance.

You can plan for a two days trek in which you can stay on Salher fort for a night and then go to Salota [twin fort] the next morning. A ridge connects both the forts and the route is pretty simple.

You can get to Salher Fort from Pune by heading towards Nashik via Nashik Highway. From Pune or Mumbai ensure that you leave early as driving to Nashik takes a lot of time and you do not want to start trekking in the evening. From Nashik you can ask the locals for directions to Satana. 

  1. Raireshwar Trek:

Location: Khavli

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Pakersote

End point: Pakersote

Best Time: June to October

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This is a proper road coming up from Khavli to Korle village (near Raireshwar) which cuts across near Kenjalgad. Korle is connected to Bhor. The view is spectacular with blue waters of Walki river, Kamalgad fort, Navra Navri pinnacles jutting out from the Kamalgad range and Panchgani hills in a distance. Reach Kenjalgad fort entrance by 6.30pm. Then descend to the base village, Pakeroste.

After taking a few pics we got down the fort and further descended to Pakeroste village, a small hamlet and stayed overnight at the Village school. It was extremely cold at night & we were desperately trying to get into our sleeping bags at the earliest. Kiran organized the dinner and lights were switched off by 11 pm. 

  1. Bedse Caves Trek:

Location: Pune

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Kamshet

End point: Kamshet

Best Time: June to October

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These are situated in situated in Maval taluka, Pune District, Maharashtra, India. It is near to the popular Karla caves that people flock to. As in other treks of Western Ghats, the best time to visit these caves are during Monsoon. And the best way to reach here is from Pune via Kamshet.

The bedse caves form an integral part of the famous foursome Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona forts adjoining the Pawana Dam. You can also access Bedse caves from Somatne Phata that’s on Pune-Mumbai Highway NH4. 

  1. Mama Bhanja Trek:

Location: Thane

Duration: 1/2 day

Start point: Sanjay Gandhi National Park gate

End point: Sanjay Gandhi National Park gate

Best Time: October to March

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This is a half day trek from Thane in Maharashtra. There are minimum three trails that lead to this twin peak of Mama-Bhanja 400 m above sea level. And all these go through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park situated in Yeoor hills.

Height of this twin peak is approximately 400 meters above sea level. 

  1. Karaigad Trek:

Location: Lonavala

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Peth Shahpur

End point: Peth Shahpur

Best Time: June to October

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Trek to Karaigad begins 20 kilometers from Lonavala on the way to Amby Valley. Base of this trek is known as Peth Shahpur. It is a half day trek that presents  a spectacular view of the Amby Valley from top, Nagphani Point, Tung, Tikona, Matheran, Prabalgad, Karnala and Manikgad.

This trek also takes you to temples of Korai Devi, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva and two lakes.

A clue to confirm whether you are on the right trail is to keep in mind that the peak of Karaigad should be on your right when you start off the trek. 

  1. Prabalgad Trek:

Location: Panvel

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Thakurwadi

End point: Thakurwadi

Best Time: June to October

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Prabalgad trek begins 17 kilometers from Panvel, Maharashtra. The base camp for this trek is Thakurwadi. And it’s advisable to begin early in the morning to miss the harsh sun during ascent. It’s a 4 hour ascent from Thakurwadi to this 2300 feet fort.

Most of Prabalgad fort is a naturally formed structure. And finding the entry point to the fortification could be a task. Trekkers have journaled that finding the entry point could take anything between 15 minutes to an hour. So keep this as buffer period whiling timing for the trek.

There s a twin peak called Kalavanti in the vicinity. But doing both peaks in a day can prove to be hectic. So plan the twin peaks over two days. Complete Prabalgad on Day 1. And start trek to Kalavanti next day. Scale the peak and then descend back to Thakurwadi on second day.

  1. Dhak Bahiri

Location: Mumbai

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Sandshi

End point: Sandshi

Best Time: June to October

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The Dhak Bahiri caves are located 60 kilometers away from Mumbai, near to Karjat. The base of this trek is Sandshi village. This trek is famous for the caves that aren’t buzzing with trekkers yet. These are the Dhak caves. The trail goes through jungle and finally opens up to the last leg of the trek, that’s a naked rock.

Here, certain rock climbing skills and ropes are required. The route through the forest is also a tricky one and it is advisable to take help from a local. 

  1. Kalsubai trek:

Location: Igatpuri

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Bari village

End point: Bari village

Best Time: June to October

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This is the trek to the highest peak in Maharashtra. And the popular route to this trek begins from Bari village that’s near to Igatpuri on the Mumbai-Nasik route. While this is the highest peak in Maharshtra, the trek is approximately 3-hour trek from Bari.

The unique point is the view of the backwaters of Bhandardara. 

  1. Sinhgad Fort trek:

Location: Pune

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Sinhgad village

End point: Sinhgad village

Best Time: June to October

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ere is another popular trek from Maharashtra that can be accessed through Pune. The Sinhgad fort is strategically placed between Rajgad, Purander and Torna and is famous because of the battle of Sinhgad that took place on March 15, 1670 between Mughals and Marathas. The Marathas won, where 4000 Mughal troops were captured by merely 500 Marathas.

The trek to Sinhgad Fort is a 40 minutes trek  from Sinhgad village. The main attraction of trekking to the top of this fort – apart from the monsoon views – is the snacks that are sold. Many trekkers leave early morning for the trek so that they are on top of the fort for breakfast. 

  1. Lohgad Fort trek

Location: Lonavala

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Malavali

End point: Malavali

Best Time: June to October

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The Lohgad trek climbs to the height of 3450 from near Lonavala. This fort has been used for many years by Marathas. And speciality of this fort is that it’s made of iron.

The range divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavana rivers. Lohagad overlooks the Pavana reservoir, located to the south of the mountain. The hill extends to the northwest to a fortified spur, called Vinchukata (Scorpion’s tail) because of its resembling shape. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and reasonably intact. 

  1. Tikona trek

Location: Kamshet

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Gavhande

End point: Gavhande

Best Time: June to October

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The Tikona trek is accessed from Tikona Peth aka Gavhande village, which is near to Kamshet. Climbing from Tikona Peth to top of Tikona fort takes around one and a half hours. It’s called Tikona or Triangular Fort because parts of it are clearly vertical and resemble the geometrical shape.

This fort also has a twin fort called Tung that can be trekked on the same as as the Tikona fort. The best way to reach Tikona Peth is to go from Lonavala to Kamshet. Post that locals guide you to the base. 

  1. Vasota trek

Location: Satara

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Bamnoli

End point: Bamnoli

Best Time: July to October

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Vasota trek begins from a village called Bamnoli that is 40 kilometers from Satara. And you get a bus to this village from Pune. This trek is placed in the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also called Vyaghragad trek and is counted as one of the popular jungle treks of Maharshtra. This trek takes you to the edge of Satara District while giving a spectacular view of the Sagar Lake to the east.

Now there’s a twist. From Bamnoli, rest of the distance till base of the trek is covered in a boat. It’s a journey of an hour and half in Shivsagar lake. From the base, it takes three hours to reach the top. And the difficulty level is hard. 

  1. Jangli Jaigad trek:

Location: Ratnagiri

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Navja

End point: Navja

Best Time: June to October

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This trek is placed close to the Kumbharli Ghat in Ratnagiri District. It is said to be one of the most important jungle trails of Maharashtra. That’s because it is situated amidst a dense forest. And for the same reason , trekkers need to be beware of wild animals while undertaking this trek to reach the fort. This fort is situated near the Koyna lake.

Begin this trek from Navja, a village stationed at the base of the hill. Locals are good at guiding to the trail.

Tamil Nadu

  1. Nilgiri Hills Trek (Ooty to Madhumalai):

Location: Ooty, Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu

Duration: 5 days

Start point: HPF Bus stop, Ooty-Mysore road

End point: Ooty

Best Time: November till March

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The exquisiteness of Nilgiri trek is well known. Since it requires permission from various departments it is rarely trekked. The long trail starts from Ooty. The complete route is a five day, 72 kilometer trek. It covers Parson’s peak, Porthimund, Mukurthi National Park, Pandiar Hills, Pykara Falls, Madumalai National Park and ends in Ooty after completing a full circle. Parsons Valley is the famous Western Catchment and flaunts of huge reservoirs and green valley. It consists of the Parson Dam, Porthimund Dam and Porthimund village lying deep in the hills.  Mukurthi a well-known wildlife preserve is dominated by the Mukurthi Peak. The Mukurthi National Park is a dense forest, inhabited by wild and captivating lion-tailed macaque, leopards, elephants, tigers, the highly endangered Nilgiri tahr, and the more common deer, monkeys, birds, and reptiles. Pandiar Hill top the highest point of the trek mesmerizes the onlookers as you get to see the Nilgiri mountain range with view of Mukurthi dam below along with the dense forest trail.

Kerala

  1. Paithalmala Hill Trek:

Location: Kannaur district, Kerala

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Pottenplave

End point: Pottenplave

Best Time: July to October

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A charming highest hill of Kannaur district in Kerala has come in the radar of trekkers looking for trekking option in Kerala. Paithalmala Hill is a quiet and secluded hill at an elevation of 1,372 m. Located 65 kilometer from Kannaur, the trek takes you through an enchanting Kodagu forests. Though camping at the peak side is now prohibited, there are plenty of day hikes one can do here.

  1. Messa Pullimala Trek:

Location: Munnar

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Silent Valley

End point: Silent Valley

Best Time: September to March

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This is the trek to the 2nd highest peak in South India. It’s a one day trek that starts from Silent Valley near Mattupatti, situated 25 kilometers from Munnar.

USP of this trek is to spot the famous Nilgiri Tahr that are found in plenty while descending. But getting permission from the Forest Department is difficult for this particular trek. So be prepared for certain road blocks.

  1. Pakshipathlam Trek:

Location: Wayanad

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Thirunelly temple

End point: Thirunelly temple

Best Time: July to October

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Pakshipathlam is situated at the height of 5705 feet in Brahmagiri hills of Wayanad district, Kerala. It’s a 16 kilometers trek through the wild forests. One that you aren’t allowed to do without a guide. And permission from Forest District Officer is also necessary.

The trek to Pakshipathlam lies on the border of Kerala and Karnataka. And aim of the trek to reach a 30 feet high rock called Garudapara.

Trek to this rock begins on a narrow path from behind the Thirunelly temple. From temple to the forest watch tower is about 3.4 kilometers. From watch tower to Garudapara is 4.6 kilometers. So in total the to and fro distance of Pakshipathlam trek comes to 16 kilometers.

Andhra Pradesh

  1. Papikondalu Hills trek:

Location: Rajhamundry, Andhra Pradesh

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Papikondalu beach, (Kondeputy)

End point: Papikondalu beach

Best Time: November till March

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The journey to the inner river valley of Papikondalu Hills is the most attractive place to visit in Andhra Pradesh. Surprisingly the trek can only be approached after doing an unforgettable six hour boat journey through the colossal Godavari Valley. The three pillars of Papikondalu hill stand like a trinity. Below them is a silver colored beach in between where one camp for the night. A seven kilometer day hike to the higher ground of Papikondalu hill goes through a dense jungle with multiple rivulets and waterfalls. A visit to Perantalapalli tribal village is also highly recommended here. One has to reach Rajhamundry which is 427 km from Hyderabad via bus or overnight train.

  1. Kondapalli Fort Trek

Location:Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Kondapalli village

End point: Kondapalli village

Best Time: Oct. till Feb.

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Kondapalli Fort is an easy beginners trek that can be done in a weekend. Approached from Kondapalli Village near Vijayawada, the trek has two routes to reach to the fort top. The short 5 kilometer trail has been marked by a local trekking group, YHAI and now is a popular weekend trek destination. Passing through a series of beautiful waterfalls, especially the second one on route is often called as Niagra of Vijayavada by locals.

  1. Maredumilli Forest Trek:

Location: Maredumilli, East Godawari Dist.

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Maredumilli village

End point: Maredumilli village

Best Time: Nov. till March

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Trekking in Maredumilli forest in Eastern Godawari district of Andhra has off late become a most sort after weekend trek destination. Near the cultural town of Rajhamundry, the trails here take you through a series of dense forest, multiple rivulets and a few intense waterfalls. The trek is done from the backside of Maredumilli village near Valameru river. There are multiple trails one can do here from Valameru river namely a 8 kilometer trek to Amrutha Dhara Waterfall. Another one is a 10 kilometer village trail to Nelluru.

Orissa

  1. Rayagada Jungle Trek:

Location:Rayagada Dist. Orissa

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Near Rayagada railway station

End point: Rayagada railway station

Best Time: Nov. till March

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Trekking in the dense and complex jungles of Orissa has always enamoured explorers. Some of the most raw trekking trails are found in the unheard Rayagada forest of Orissa. Rayagada is an unexplored paradise which has it all. Grasslands, waterfalls, terrace fields, forests and some of the most primitive tribal villages. It can be reached from Bhubaneswar which is 390 kilometer away. Trekking is primitive here and a need of a local tribal guide is a must. One can embark on a trail right from a few kilometer away from Rayagada Railway station itself. The locals here are fond of collecting water directly from small rivulets for drinking purpose. With such remoteness it is surprising to find most villages have access to local school.

Delhi

  1. Bhardwaj Lake Trek:

Location: Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, Surajkund

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Aravali Int. School,Surajkund

End point: Aravali Int. School,Surajkund

Best Time: Nov. till March

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The last thing you would expect to do in Delhi is trekking. Yet there are random trails that makes for interesting day hikes. Bhardwaj lake takes you to a man made lake in the deserted aravalli ridge in Asola Wildlife Sanctuary. A 6 km one way trek passes by a series of thorn scrub jungle. The trek starts from Aravali International School, Surajkund. Taking the entrance of Aola Sanctuary follow the track. A mobile GPS map is advisable for precise route finding of the lake. A lot of cyclists and bikers can be seen on this track on weekends.

  1. Quila Kot Trek:

Location: Sanjay van, Mehrauli, Delhi

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Entry gate, Sanjay van, near Qutub Minar

End point: Entry gate opp. ICGEB Main gate, Aruna Asif Road

Best Time: Oct. till March

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A small heritage trail lies inside a sprawling medicinal forest in South Delhi’s Mehrauli vicinity. A day hike to the ancient ruins of Quila kot in Sanjay Van is one of the best half day hikes one can do in Delhi. A part of the Forest ridge restored by DDA and Forest department now had proper marked trails and signages installed. The total length of the trail inside the vicinity is around five km. The ruined walls of Quila kot build by Tomar dynasty in 11th century A.D provides great view of the Delhi forest ridge with the famous Qutub Minar towering in the background.

 Rajasthan

  1. Kumbhalgarh Trek:

Location: Udaipur

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Kumbalgarh base

End point: Ranakpur

Best Time: October to March

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Kumbalgarh stands tall at 1914 meters and is one of the illustrious forts of Rajasthan. It’s closest to Udaipur. And while a motorable road has been built right till the fort, some attempt to take the trail that go through thorny forests and ravines.

The fort of Kumbhalgarh was built by maharana Kumbha in the 15th century. And it’s fortification runs for 36 kms. Walking along the fortification itself can be a challenging trek. For those looking to move away from the fort, try the trail from Kumbhalgarh to Ranakpur. It’s barely a half day trek that covers 4 kms. A short hike nevertheless. But do get the necessary permissions from the Forest District Officer before venturing into the jungles of Rajasthan.

  1. Tiger Path Trek:

Location: Mount Abu

Duration: ½ day

Start point: St Mary, School, Mount Abu

End point: Aarna

Best Time: October to March

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Mount Abu in Rajasthan has been deemed as yet another trekking hot spot in the trails with many trails meandering into the neighbouring Aravallis. One such trail is Tiger Trail. Not many venture this way. But for those looking for a good half day hike, Tiger trail is ideal.

This trail begins from St. Mary’s school in Mount Abu and goes till the tribal village of Aarna that’s 7 kilometers away.

Wild animals visible enroute could be sloth bear, porcupine, mountain deer.

  1. Bhangarh Trek:

Location: Bhangarh

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Bhangarh base

End point: Watch tower/ Bhangarh base

Best Time: October to March

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Bhangarh is the only place that’s deemed legally haunted in India. And that’s why entry into the fort before sunrise or after sunset is prohibited. It’s a small, deserted city that was set up in 1613 and now comes under the Archeological Survey of India and is situated 83 kilometers from Jaipur.

While the ruins of Bhangarh are popular tourist spot, those looking for a hike can attempt to climb up the hill till the Watch Tower – a half a kilometer hike. Those looking for a more extensive hike can hike in the spooky jungles around Bhangarh. Circumference of this haunted town is about 5 kilometers, and a round-about hike takes you through some isolated ruins of a water body, two abandoned temples and a haunting banyan tree. Do it for the chills.

  1. Sita Mata Jungle Trek:

Location: Udaipur

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Pratapgarh

End point: Chittorgarh

Best Time: October to March

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This is the famous wildlife sanctuary situated in South-east Rajasthan. The terrain of this sanctuary is undulating with hills ranging from 200 meters to 680 meters. A hike through this sanctuary can introduce you to 275 species of birds, 54 species of mammals and reptiles. Look out especially for the flying squirrel, the four horned antelope (chausingha), ancient teak trees and the fort of Dhariyawad during your hike.

Sita Mata Jungle is located 108 kilometers from Udaipur, and you need the Forest Ranger’s permission to hike in this jungle.

  1. Achalgarh Trek:

Location: Mount Abu

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Mount Abu

End point: Achaleshwar Mahadev

Best Time: October to March

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Here’s another trek that’s close to Mount Abu, around 11 kms from the hill station. And it goes to the temple of Achaleshwar Mahadev. The trek takes you through dense deciduous forest. And there are as many as seven trails that can be explored. These trails take you through the various Dilwara temples scattered over the neighbouring hills. These temples were also built by Maharana Kumbha of the acclaimed Kumbhalgarh fort. 

Gujarat

  1. Idar:

Location: Vijaynagar

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Idar village

End point: Idariogadh

Best Time: October to March

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Idar can be called as the hottest place in Gujarat. But trek to Idario Gadh won’t roast you up, thanks to the cool Polo forests around this rocky area. As the fort is situated in the midst of dense Polo forests, it is also called as King’s lost palace.

Idar is situated 38 kilometers from Vijaynagar in the Aravallis.

  1. Pavagadh Trek:

Location: Champaner

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Pavagadh bus station

End point: Atak Gate

Best Time: October to March

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The Pavagadh bus station is situated on the foot hill of Pavagadh hill. It’s around 18 kilometers from Champaner. And 44 kilometers from Vadodra airport.

Pavagadh is 830 meters in height and it descends into 5 successive plateaus Kalikmata, Mauliya, Bhadrakali, Machi and Atak.

Way from Pavagadh to Atak Gate is completely cemented. But other trails are not.

  1. Ahwa to Saputara Trek

Location: Saputara

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Ahwa

End point: Saputara

Best Time: Pctober to March

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In Saputara region, the trek from Ahwa to Saputara is an interesting one. it takes one through tribal villages of Kunbis, Bhils and other tribes. For those looking for a longer trek can go ahead of Ahwa village to explore the neighbouring areas of Sahyadris in Mahal Bardipada forests. 

  1. Banni Trek:

Location: Edge of Rann of Kutchh

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Banni Reserve

End point: Banni Reserve

Best Time: October to March

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Banni grasslands border the southern edge of the salty Rann of Kutchh that spreads across 3847 square kilometres. For those who wish to explore the flatlands of Gujarat, Banni is a good option.

The reserve comes under the Forest Act that was passed in May 1955 so be sure to attain all permissions before exploring this area. That said, a lot of resorts and local art joints have come up in and around this area to promote tourism.

Banni Reserve can be explored in a day hike.

  1. Abur Poshina Trek:

Location: Gujarat-Rajasthan border

Duration: 4 days

Start point: Poshina

End point: Abur

Best Time: October to March

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Here’s a four day trek in Gujarat that crosses over to Rajasthan. On this trail you come across rivers, forests, settlements of Garasia and Bhil tribes.

This trek begins from Poshina in Gujarat and goes over to Abur, near Mount Abu in Rajasthan. The trail is approximately 60 kilometers long.

Madhya Pradesh

  1. Pachmarhi Trek:

Location: Saputara

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Chauragarh

End point: Chauragarh fort via Bridle Path

Best Time: October to March

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Trek to the most prominent point in Pachmarhi – that’s the shrine of Lord Shiva in the Chauragarh fort. This trek takes you on a criss-cross trail through the Satpura range, across the Bridle Path and finally to 1365 steps that have to be climbed to reach the shrine.

  1. Kanha Trek:

Location: Bhopal

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Khatiya gate

End point: Khatiya village

Best Time: October to March

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The Kanha trek can safely be called a Jungle trek. And this one requires necessary permissions as it is in the Kanha National Park. While many do it on the elephant or in a jeep, there is a clearly marked 7 kilometer trail that begins from Khatiya Gate and traces the edges of this National Park before coming back to the village.

This trail can be used for a half day hike.

  1. Amarkantak trek:

Location: Jabalpur

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Sonmura

End point: Maai Ka Mandap

Best Time: October to March

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The Amarkantak trek is a 3-hour trek that begins 265 kilometers away from Jabalpur. The starting point of this trek is Sonmura and it goes up to Maai Ka Mandap. The entire stretch is approximately 10 kilometers and the trail takes you to hauntingly beautiful waterfalls and a forest that’s ripe with fruits and medicinal herbs.

Meghalaya

  1. Kyllang Rock Trek:

Location: West Khasi Hills

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Mawnai

End point: Kyllang Rock

Best Time: November to February

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This is a unique trek to a lone standing rock in West Khasi Hills. It’s situated in Mawnai that’s 10 kilometers from Mairang.  This rock is huge, and the top of the trek is dome shaped. Many trekkers can be accommodated on the top of the trek.

It’s said that the rock has magnetic properties. And that believe is so strong that some say it is because of this magnetic property that no one falls off the rock. Could it be true?

  1. Mawthadraishan Peak Trek:

Location: Shillong

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Nongstoin-Shillong Road

End point: Nongstoin-Shillong Road

Best Time: August to December

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This trek is located in the west Khasi Hills, north of the Nongstoin-Shillong road (near the villages of Nongshillong, Mawroh and Markasa).

Nice weekend trek that takes only 1.5 hours to reach from the road. Range of low hills which are ideal for easy treks through rolling hills. On top of the range, there is a depression with about 7 to 8 fish ponds of considerable size. The apex of the peak offers a panoramic view of the plains of Assam, and the distant Himalayas after the monsoon, on clear days. The districts of Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and part of Bangladesh come within the Panoramic horizons of Mawthadraishan peak.

Nagaland

  1.  Mt. Saramati Trek:

Location: Kohima

Duration: 15 days

Start point: Thanamir

End point: Thanamir

Best Time: March to June

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Arrive at Kohima and travel to Pungro town (248 km, 5 hrs), Pungro to Thanamir about 2 hrs. Trek starts at Thanamir.

Mt. Saramati (3841mt) is the highest peak in Nagaland. It is located on the India-Myanmar border. Throughout winter the peak remains covered in snow. The areas surrounding the peak are rich in biodiversity with varied flora and fauna found in evergreen forests to Temperate and Alpine forests as one moves towards higher elevation.

The Fakim wildlife sanctuary is located around the foothills of the Saramati Range.

The view from the top of Mt. Saramati on a clear day is stunning and one can see the River Chindwin in Myanmar to the East and the Brahmaputra to the West in Assam.

Arunachal Pradesh

  1. Bailey’s Trail Trek:

Location: Guwahati

Duration: 9 days

Start point: Namshu

End point: Sela Pass

Best Time: June to September

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The trail begins approximately 400 kilometers from Guwahati from a tribal village called Namshu that resides at 2090 meters. Bailey’s trail is an ancient route that connected India, Burma and Tibet. It has been named after Lt. Col. FM Bailey who surveyed the route along with Capt HT Morshed between 1911-12.

The highest point on this trek is Sela Pass that sits at 4550 meters. This trail goes through glacial rivers, high mountain passes, spectacular lakes and handful of villages of the Monpa tribe.

The trek can go up to 9 days.

  1. Trek to Beyul of Pemako:

Location: Dibrugarh

Duration: 12 days

Start point: Tuting

End point: Tuting

Best Time: August – October

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Here’s a trek to a paradise that can be reached only after hardships. Such paradises on Earth were referred to as beyuls by ancient Buddhist monks. According to age old tales, Guru Rinpoche had hid scriptures deep into the Himalayan valleys. These scriptures contained Buddhist Tantras and could be found only by people who had a vision. Beyuls are places where such scriptures are hidden.

Beyul of Pemako means the hidden land in the shape of lotus. And a trek to this begins from Tuting, which is 529 kilometers from Dibrugarh. From there it is approximately a 12-day trek to Beyul of Pemako and to the height of 13225 feet. This trek comes back and ends at Tuting.

  1. Namdapha Trek:

Location: Dibrugarh

Duration: 10 days

Start point: Deban

End point: Namdapha National Park

Best Time: Late October to March

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The trek begins from Deban that’s 186 kilometers from Dibrugarh. Namdapha trek is a one spanning over a week which takes you from under a thick canopy of rainforests laid in a biodiversity hotspot called Namdapha National Park.

The rainforest is spread over 2000 square kilometers, and houses approximately 1000 species of plants, 350 species of butterflies and 500 species of birds.

The trek also gets you close to the villages of Tai tribe of Assam.

  1. Gorichen Trek:

Location: Lhasa

Duration: 15 days

Start point: Bomdila

End point: Bomdila

Best Time: April-May, September-October

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This is a difficult trek amounting to an expedition. It catches up with the Bailey’s trail and climbs up to the height of 14928 feet over rocky mountains and icy peaks.

This trek runs over 14-15 days. But there are quite a few subsidiary peaks around the Gorichen trail that are easier and can be explored. Incidentally, this part of the Himalayas has been explored the least.

  1. Nagaggi Trek:

Location: Guwahati

Duration: 6 days

Start point: Dirang

End point: Nauranag

Best Time: April to November

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The Nagaggi trek begins from Dirang that’s 583 kilometers from Guwahati. The trek is spread over 6 days and best of the year to do this trek is from April to November.

This trek trails on the border of Bhutan, and introduces you to over 50 species of Rhododendrons. Nagaggi is a trek that’s highly advisable for nature lovers.

  1. Pursingla to Gorichen base camp Trek:

Location: Shillong

Duration: 15 days

Start point: Dirang

End point: Pursingla

Best Time: August to October

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This trail begins from Dirang, and is a picturesque trail to the base camp of Gorichen. The trek is spread over 15 days. The trek from Pursingla also takes you through the high-altitude Monpa villages. And the spectacular Gorichen mountain ranges are visible from this trail.

  1. Pemako trek

Location: Dibrugarh

Duration: 18 days

Start point: Tuting

End point: Dhana Kosa

Best Time: August to October

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Here’s another trek that begins from Tuting village. This trek is spread over 18 days and can be more of a pilgrim as it takes you to the holy abode of Guru Rinpoche. The abode is called as Dhana Kosa of Pemako and is situated 13123 feet.

You come across a number of sacred lakes on this trek.

  1. Komsing Trek:

Location: Pasighat

Duration: 9 days

Start point: Pasighat

End point: Pongging

Best Time: April-May, September-October

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The Komsing trek was a punitive expedition undertaken by the British in 1911 to punish Adi tribesmen for murdering Noel Williamson. At that time the trek began from Pongging. But route taken from the other way round from Pasighat is an easier option.

This is a unique trail that has beach camps set on white sand. And best months to do this trek are April, May, September, October and November.

  1. Ruitala Trek:

Location: Eko Dumbing

Duration: 11 days

Start point: Simong village

End point: Simong village

Best Time: April-May, September-November

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This is a lake trek in the hidden land of Pemako. Ruitala is a lake situated nearest to the highest peak of the region called Eko Dumbing. This peak is believed to be the sacred domain of Snow God Jimu Tayeng.

This trek begins from Simong village and spread over 11 days. It’s a pilgrim for the villagers of Adi tribe. And the best time to do this trek is April, May, September, October and November.

Tripura

  1. Jampui lake trek:

Location: Agartala

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Jampui

End point: Jampui

Best Time: Post monsoon

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These are hill ranges in Tripura that rise to the height of 1000 meters. These hill ranges consist of a bunch of tribal villages that ethnically belong to the Mizos and Reangs. Their primary occupation is to grow oranges and so orange gardens are a unique sight that you will find on this trek.

Jampui hills are situated 250 kilometers from Agartala.

Bihar

  1. Rajgir Trek:

Location: Bodhgaya

Duration: 1 day

Start point: Rajgir

End point: Rajgir

Best Time: October to February

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Rajgir is famous as a place where Lord Buddha had preached 3000 years ago. It is situated 80 kilometers from Bodhgaya. Many trails begin from this town as it is situated amongst rocky hills. From here you can trek to Griddhakuta or Vulture’s Peak, a Japanese peace pagoda, 26 Jain shrines scattered all over the hills and Saptarni caves on an adjacent hill.

So advice for trekking enthusiasts can be to spend around a week and keep covering one spot at a time. This gives you ample time to explore the neighbouring areas and take a hike at leisure.

There is also a hill called Valpagiri nearby that presents a good trek The best time to visit Rajgir would be in monsoon and winters. It gets very hot and uncomfortable in summers to trek here.

Chhatisgarh

  1. Raipur – Gupteswara Trek

Location: Raipur

Duration: 4 days

Start point: Raipur

End point: Gupteshwar

Best Time: Winters

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This one is a bird-watcher’s delight.But trekking here requires permissions from the Chhatisgarh Wildlife Society.

  1. Jatmai

Location: Raipur

Duration: Half day trek

Start point: Jatmai Temple Road

End point: Jatmai Temple

Best Time: September to December

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Here’s another trek in Chhatisgarh that begins 84 kilometers from Raipur. It is the trek to Jatmai temple or Jatmai Dham as it is popularly called. There is a beautiful waterfall bang opposite this temple. And people take on this journey as a pilgrimage.

While most road to this temple is motorable, the last leg needs to be covered on foot. And best time to go for this hike is between September – December. It’s advisable to avoid the monsoon time for this trek.

Jharkhand

  1. Rajmahal Hills Trek

Location: Rajmahal town

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Sahebganj

End point: Sahebganj

Best Time: October to February

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Rajmal hills in Jharkhand are known for the time when they were formed. These hills are made of rocks from the Jurassic period. And they rise up to 1000 feet of height.

These hills have been inhabited by Sauria Pahariya tribe and are close to the town of Rajmahal.

While a proper trekking route hasn’t been charted yet, many informal trails have been paved amidst these Jurassic rocks.

  1. Ginnorgarh Fort Trek:

Location: Delawadi

Duration: Half day trek

Start point: Delawadi

End point: Ginnorgarh

Best Time: October to February

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Here’s a trek to a historical hill that’s situated 3 kilometers from a place called Delawadi in Jharkhand. The fortification of this hill is 1127 meters long and 226 meters in width. And the unique point that attracts many trekkers and tourists to this place is the 5-floor pond aka Bawadi constructed in this fort.

Buses take you till Delawadi, but from their one has to trek to this fort. A short 3 kilometer trek worth for seeing the age-old Bawadi.

West Bengal

  1. Neora Trek

Location: Kalimpong

Duration: 6 days

Start point: Lava/ Samsing

End point: Lava/Todey

Best Time: November to March

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This trek is set in the Kalimpong hills that border Sikkim. And Neora trek takes you from Neora Valley Natural Reserve to Rachela pass at 3152 meter. This highest point is called Rachela Dauda and it sits at the intersection of borders of Sikkim, Bhutan and Bengal.

Trails here are uninhabited and virgin in nature and take you through sub-tropical alpine forests.

Sikkim

  1. Damthang Tedong Trek:

Location: Namchi

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Damthang

End point: Tedong hill top

Best Time: October to March

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Here’s a trek that begins 14 kilometers from Namchi and climbs the Tedong hill which is at the height of 8530 feet. The trek from Damthang to top of Tedong hill takes close to two hours.

The trail goes through thick forests. And years ago Buddhist lamas used to use the Tedong as a place to meditate.

Plains of bengal and rugged Himalayan ranges are visible from these high trails.

  1. Rabongla to Menam Trek

Location: New Jalpaiguri

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Rabongla

End point: Borong/Yangyang

Best Time: October to March

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This is a 4-hour trek from Rabongla or Ravangla to Maenam hill top. The majestic Kanchenjunga looms over this trail. From Maenam hill top the trail diverges. You can either descend on a gentle trail that leads to Borong village or you can take a treacherous trail to Yangyang village.

Rabongla is 122 kilometers from New Jalpaiguri. And it would cost you anything from Rs 500-1000 in shared cabs.

  1. Tolung Monastery Trek:

Location: Dzongu reion

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Linzey

End point: Tolung

Best Time: Post monsoon

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Tolung is situated in North Sikkim in Dzongu area. Tolung is 20 kilometers to Linzey. And buses ply from Gangtok to a stop that near to Linzey. Buses do not run anywhere further than that. And it takes around 5 hours to trek from Lonzey along Tolung river, dense forests and cardamom groves.

  1. Green Lake Trek

Location: Gangtok

Duration: 16 days

Start point: Lachen

End point: Lachen

Best Time: August to October

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This is a difficult, 16-day trek that takes you to the height of 16186 feet. It takes you to the base of Kanchenjunga. The Green lake trek begins from Lachen at 8,957 feet and 135 kilometers from Gangtok. From there it goes to the height of 15,502 feet at the Rest Camp. From the Rest camp the trek climbs and descends many a times, in between reaching the height of 16,186 feet and landing at the expansive Green Lake. Getting inner line permits is a challenge.

  1. Gurudongmar Lake Trek:

Location: Lachen

Duration: 2 days

Start point: Thangu

End point: Zadong

Best Time: August to October

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The trek can begin from Thangu and continue till Donkiala Pass. Distance between the two is 9 kilometers. And between the two lie two highest lakes in Sikkim and India – Lake Gurudongmar and lake Cholamu. The descend from Donkiala Pass could be to the other side to Zadong which is also known as the Zero point and which is 4 kilometers away. Thangu is 22 kilometers from Lachen in Sikkim. The highest point of the trek is at 18300 feet, and it is advisable to not spend many hours at these high points for long due to lack of oxygen. You should begin your descent soon.

Manipur

  1. Laimaton Trek:

Location: Imphal

Duration: ½ day

Start point: Lamdan

End point: Peak 5846

Best Time: August to October

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Here’s an interesting trail that was followed by the Japanese Army’s 33rd division to approach Imphal from the South-West. The trek begins from the village of Lamdan and climbs to the peak called Peak 5846. And this peak towers on the Silachar-Bishenpur track which is also known as Tongjei Maril.

This trek begins from Manipur Mountaineering Institute complex that’s situated in the village of Lamdan. This 5-6 hour trek is situated 80 minute away from Imphal.

  1. Nunshighum Hill Trek:

Location: Imphal

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This hill is also called Hill 3833. And the Japanese came up to this hill, that’s closest to Imphal they could come during the battle of Imphal. The terrain of this region is difficult to manoeuvre.

Compliled by: Vaibhav Chauhan and Latika Payak

 

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Latika Payak

Latika Payak

Latika Payak has worked as a journalist with Femina, New Woman, BollywoodLife.com and wrote articles for the weekly editions of Times Of India Crest before growing allergic to full-time jobs. So she broke free from the glass-walled buildings and became the official story-teller of the trekking world.