The polluted city-air ruins the festive spirit of Diwali. And it’s not just me who is feeling claustrophobic at this thought. We’ve had trekkers constantly calling us, enquiring about treks around Diwali.
Unfortunately, we have a mega-training program going on right now at Indiahikes. So, all our treks are on a pause till November 21.
But that shouldn’t hold you back from venturing into the mountains. Especially after being cooped up indoors during the entire lockdown.
This year – just because it’s been so indoors-y – you must step out. And step away from the smog-filled air of the city. Detox your lungs. Get out of the four walls and explore weekend treks around Diwali.
To make it easier for you, I have listed treks around six prominent cities (Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad and Kolkata) that you can do over the Diwali weekend. Great thing is that we have detailed documentation of all these treks.
You can simply pick a trek, read the documentation, and do it on your own. And if you happen to explore a trek that’s not on this list, I would love to hear all about it!
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
TREKS FROM BENGALURU
1. Kumara Parvatha Trek
The trek to Kumara Parvatha is not easy. It is the fourth highest peak in Karnataka. And the trail to the summit of this peak starts from behind the famous Kukke Subramanya temple. This is situated in the lush green forest of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kumara Parvatha is also known as Shesha Parvatha and it is the highest peak in Kodagu district.
It’s a great trek to do if you are preparing for a Himalayan trek. To make it easier for you, we even have the audio trek mate that guides you through this challenging trail.
2. Ballalarayana Durga – Bandajje Falls Trek
This trek lies in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. While exploring this weekend treks around Diwali, pay attention to the bigger picture. For instance, on this trek make your way to an abandoned fort from the 17th Century at its peak, and a gushing waterfall in the end. Watching the water falling from the snout to almost 1,000 feet below is a sight that sets your heart racing!
Although this one is famous during monsoons, it is a treat to be here in autumn too. Especially as one of the weekend treks around Diwali, you get to see beautiful autumn colours on this trail.
3. Kodachadri Trek
Kodachadri is located in Shimoga district and one of the most spoken-about trekking trails in Karnataka. Situated in the heart of the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kodachadri trek offers trekkers an adventure, a charm, and an experience that will remain throughout your lifetime.
Out of the other weekend treks around Diwali, this one is steeped in history. You get to visit a temple believed to be built thousands of years ago which is filled with a rich history. Apart from the mythology, imagine trekking to a place that has stories from the 7th AD! This is the place where the famous philosopher, theologian, Adi Shankara visited and meditated at the peak.
4. Tadiandamol Trek
A very popular trek amongst the trekking community of southern India. Tadiandamol Trek is one of the most talked-about treks between trekkers starting out to their trekking journey in the Western Ghats and even experienced trekkers. The trek also draws many visiting the famous hill town of Madikeri or Coorg.
This is a great getaway to escape air pollution caused by Diwali. It takes you to the highest peak of the Kodagu district and the third highest peak of Karnataka.
5. Kudremukh Trek
Kudremukh literally means horse’s face in Kannada. This name is because of the distinctive shape of the peak. This is also called as Samseparvath historically as it used to access from Samse village.
Kudremukh is nestled in the heart of the western ghats in Chikkamagaluru district. It comes under Kudremukh National Park which is the second-largest wildlife protected area in the western ghats.
It is situated at an altitude of 6,207 ft and is the 3rd highest peak of Karnataka after Mullayyangiri and Baba Budangiri. Out of the other weekend treks around Diwali, this too is a great one to explore.
6. Savandurga Trek
Savandurga trek follows a trail to the top of Asia’s largest monolith hill.
This is a weekend trek for adventurous souls. Located 60 km away from Bengaluru in the Savandurga state forest, this trail is famous for its challenging climb and amazing views of Magadi, Manchabele and Thippagondanahalli reservoirs and Arkavathi river. “Karigudda” (Black hill) and “Biligudda” (White hill) make the Savandurga hill cluster.
It is also called as ‘Savinadurga’ or the Fort of Death, because of the steep incline and defense structure.
7. Harihara Betta Trek
Harihara Betta Trek is situated right off the Bangalore-Hyderabad highway and is located in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka.
The hillock visible as twin-tower rocks from the main highway is a great offbeat, easy trek for a quick getaway from the city, and in fact very close to the Bangalore International Airport. The ease of access and quick drive on the highway makes it a perfect trek for trekkers to go on.
A marvelous isolated temple, untried trails, a gigantic flatland, and a stunning view is what you can expect from this trek of Harihara Betta. Make it a point to take in the views as you venture out on weekend treks around Diwali. On this trek, spot the peaks of Nandi hills, Skandagiri, and the entire province of Chikkaballapur from the top.
8. Skandagiri Trek
Difficulty – Easy
Base – Papagni Mutt (61 km from Bengaluru)
Max. Altitude – 4430 ft
Skandagiri is located in a village called Kalavara Halli, and hence it is also known as Kalavara Durga. At the foothills of Skandagiri lies one of Karnataka’s ancient and oldest mutts, the Papagni Mutt.
Skandagiri is located less than 60 kms from Bengaluru and just 3 kms from Chikballapur and is well connected by road and railways. Therefore, it is an ideal year-round trek for first time trekkers as well as the seasoned ones and can be completed in 5 hours comfortably (2 hours to ascend and 2 hours to descend, with an hour’s break at the summit).
TREKS FROM MUMBAI
9. Rajgad Trek
Rajgad trek is the most beautiful trek in Maharashtra. As the name suggests it is the king of forts. Because of the rich history and the mesmerizing architecture of the fort, it stands out among other forts in western ghats.
It is situated at an altitude of 4,514 ft near Pune. This fort was built on the hill Murumb Devacha Dongar having a diameter of about 40 km. The huge size of the fort made it difficult to lay siege on it which helped Marathas to make strategic decisions.
10. Rajmachi Trek
Rajmachi Trek is nestled in the midst of two popular hill stations – Lonavala and Karjat. The trek can be approached either via the Lonavala side or another being the Karjat side and offers trekkers to climb two forts starting from the same base village of Udhewadi.
Manaranjan fort is at 2510 feet and west-facing fort while the Shriwardhan fort at 2710 feet faces to the east.
11. Harishchandragad Trek
Harishchandragad trek is one of the most challenging treks in the western ghats of Maharashtra. A popular trek which offers a variety of adventures to all kinds of trekkers.
It is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district situated in the Malshej Ghat. It climbs up to an altitude of 4,670 ft.
Harishchandragad is an ancient fort. Its origin is said to have been in the 6th century during the rule of the Kalchuri dynasty. But the caves which you see on the top are probably carved out in the 11th century.
12. Kalavantin Durg Trek
Kalavantin Durg Trek is one of the most popular treks in Maharashtra. Situated at around 2,205 feet in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, the trek is a perfect one for beginners or adventure seekers.
The Pinnacle of Kalavantin is a thrilling experience that one goes for. Amongst the trekking circle, there is a misconception that It is considered as a very dangerous or treacherous trek. The angle of the photos or videos takes this angle for this whole trek. With enough precautions and knowing the trek well, the trek is one adventure that you should go on.
Trekking through the uneven trail, thick vegetation, and thrill of reaching the top is an experience you must not miss out on.
13. Salher Salota Trek
It is a treat to explore weekend treks around Diwali in Maharashtra.
Salher and Salota are the twin forts of the Selbari-Dolbari hill ranges located near the border of Maharashtra and Gujarat, in the Baglan region of Nashik district, approximately 280 kilometers from Mumbai.
Salher peak is the second highest peak in Maharashtra, only after Kalsubai. But, Salher Fort is the highest fort in Maharashtra, at 5,175 feet.
These are historic forts famously known for the Battle of Salher in the year 1672, between the Marathas and the Mughals. It is the first-ever open-field battle the Marathas won against the Mughals.
The gigantic hills that house these forts atop are separated by a Col or a Saddle (the lowest point on a mountain ridge between two peaks) in the middle.
14. Takmak Fort Trek
The Takmak fort is one of the hidden gems of the Sahyadris. The fort is situated in the Vasai Tehsil, Thane district. Though it is closer to Mumbai, it still remains unexplored.
The base village for the trek is Sakawar which is at sea level. The trek gradually gains altitude and climbs up to 2000 ft from the base.
TREKS FROM DELHI
15. Nag Tibba Trek
Resting at 9,915 ft, the summit of this trek is the highest in the Nag Tibba range of Garhwal Himalayas. From here, you see a 100-degree view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges such as Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikantha, and Gangotri. You also see Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Changabang. With views like this and a climb to make you earn them, this weekend trek may be one of the best.
16. Prashar Lake Trek
Surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley is a blue-water lake called Prashar. Prashar Lake is a well-kept secret in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The trek follows a charming trail through a forest and several rivulets. Meanwhile, one can enjoy the local culture as the trail goes through villages as well. The trek offers a 180 degree view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges.
For those interested in architecture, the local temple of Prashar Rishi next to the lake, with its riveting Himachali architecture, blends perfectly with the landscape.
17. Benog Tibba Trek
The Benog Tibba Trek is in Benog Mountain Quail sanctuary of Mussoorie. Established in 1993, the sanctuary is home to near extinct, The Mountain Quail.
The trek starts from the Indiahikes campsite near forest office of the sanctuary. Right from the very first campsite, you are in the wilderness. Trekking through lush green forests with the captivating sounds of birds makes this a trek almost perfect trek for beginners. The long forest cover ensures that you don’t feel the sun for a long time. The fatigue of an otherwise steep trail doesn’t set in because of these settings.
TREKS FROM COCHIN
18. Bekal Beach Trek
Bekal is 400 Kms from Bangalore on the Panvel – Cochin highway and is easily approachable from Mangalore and Kasargod. KSRTC has limited buses to Kasargod. Instead, reach Mangalore by any means and take another bus to Kasargod, 49 kms away. All buses that head towards Cochin stop at Bekal.
Get off at the Bekal Fort stop. The best time to do this trek is in the months of November until March when the humidity is the least.
19. Chembra Peak Trek
The highest peak in Wayanad at an altitude of 6,890 ft above sea level. It is also one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats that is above 2,000 m. The peak is visible from the different parts of Wayanad.
It is located 8 km south of Kalpetta and near the town of Meppadi. Trekking to Chembra peak can be started from Meppadi town itself.
TREKS FROM KOLKATA
20. Ayodhya Hills Trek
Ayodhya Hills Trek is a weekend trek to the mystical hills of Ayodhya. Once considered a hot spot for rock climbers, it has now become popular among trekkers and travelers alike. The unique rugged characteristics of the mountains blend beautifully with the canopy of greenery that Purulia is famous for.
These jungle trails are fantastic for people of all ages. The presence of water bodies inside the jungle makes the location perfect for camping.
21. Biharinath Hill Trek
Biharinath Hill Trek in the Bankura district, where Biharinath Hill resides, is a quiet and refreshing gateway to several weekend treks. Being the tallest hill in sub-Himalayan region of West Bengal, Biharinath has a natural attraction for trekkers. Sandwiched between the Purulia hills and Damodar River, Biharinath Hill towers amidst charming tribal villages, refreshing water bodies and a plethora of trees and fields.
TREKS FROM HYDERABAD
22. Gandikota Trek
Gandikota trek gives one a slice of America’s famous Grand Canyon is in Andhra Pradesh. No Kidding. Just as River Colorado flows in Arizona, the River Penne flows among massive gorges through the Erramalai ranges in Andhra Pradesh. What’s more, there is a fort is located right at the edge of this gorge.
It is the Gandikota fort that was built in 1123 by a Chalukya king from nearby Bommanapalle village.
23. Mahindra Peak Trek
Mahindra Peak is one of the highest peaks in the Eastern Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 5,315 ft from the sea level.
It is at the base of Sunkarametta Baptist church which is one of the oldest churches in that region. This church was built in the Gothic style of architecture with no sand used for the construction. It was built by Britishers between 1936 to 1939 who were confident of victory in World War II.
The Mahindra Peak trek remains an unexplored trek in that region. This is your chance to explore one of the weekend treks around Diwali. It comes with a sense of adventure because there is no proper marked trail to the peak. Hence, you can not do this trek without a GPX file or a local guide.
The trail passes through mango trees and coffee plantations. The huge bushes on the trail challenge you throughout the trek.
These are only a few treks from our extensive collection of 188 DIY treks. You can explore more in the DIY section of Indiahikes website. You may even explore an undocumented trail and share the documentation with the Indiahikes community. We will be happy to publish the trek documentation under your name on the Indiahikes website.
In conclusion, this is is a great time to step out. Weekend treks around Diwali allow you to escape the polluted city air, and you get a chance to trek under brilliant blue skies that are devoid of haze. The air is crisp and there’s a delicious dip in the temperature indicating that winters are just around the corner.
So which trek are you exploring this Diwali? Do you need any help with it? Drop your thoughts/questions in the comment section below and we will guide you through it 🙂 Happy trekking!