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Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh: A Travel Guide

One of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior Fort is one of the oldest and resplendent fortresses in India. The fort came into prominence around 8th century under the rule of Rajput Tomar kings. This sprawling hill fort houses several structures of note that include 2 palaces, several temples and water tanks.

The fort's rule changed several hands that include Rajputs, Mamluks, Suris, Mughals, Marathas and British. To get a peek into the turbulent history and legends associated with Gwalior Fort, do attend the Son et Lumiere which is held every night at the open air amphitheater inside the fort complex.

Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh, India
Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh, India
Gwalior Fort, Travel Facts:

Location: Seated at the hilltop, around 100 meters above the city level, the fort  is around 7 km from the Gwalior railway station.

Built by: The fort is believed to have been built by Raja Man Singh Tomar, however, in the course of five hundred years the fort went from one ruler to another.

Built in: Gwalior Fort was built in the 8th-century.

Highlights: The fort consists of three temples, six palaces and numerous water tanks. It is 35 feet high and is about 2 miles in length.

How to reach: One can easily get to the fort from the city by bus, taxi, auto, rickshaw or even by walking if there is time.

Best time to visit: November- January.

Entry fee: INR 75 per head (adult); INR 40 per head (children); INR 250 per head (foreign tourist)

Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior fort gives a clear view of the east of Gwalior. The fort comprises of two main palaces: Man Mandir and Gujari Mahal. Besides the main two palaces there are other recommended places like the Man Singh Palace, Jauhar Kund, Jahangir Mahal, Sahahjahan Mahal and more. The temples and the monuments are of different religion mostly Hindu and Jain.

Gwalior Fort is included in our list of top 10 forts in India. Check out the other top forts in India.


The fort’s dramatic entrance named the Hathi pul (elephant gate) is on the eastern side. A steep road winds upwards to the Fort, and along the way there are Jain sculptures cut into the rock which is well worth the climb.

History and Anecdotes: 

Gwalior's history is traced back to a legend. In 8 A.D, a chieftain called Suraj Sen was stricken by leprosy. Hermit saint, Gwalipa, cured him and in gratitude the chieftain founded the city which he named after the saint who had given him the gift of new life.

Gwalior Fort - History and Anecdotes
Over the centuries the city has been captured by many dynasties when slowly it became popular. The different rulers in the city brought about diversity and a new taste each time, which is evident in the architecture and designs till today.

The earliest record of the fort is  525 AD where it is mentioned in an inscription in the temple of the Hun. The fort was made to serve as a prison by the Mughals.  

It is believed that the Gujari Mahal is a momento of Raja Mansingh Tomar’s love for his Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. The palace is made beautifully and so is the other palace, Man Mandir with its outer walls are distinctively decorated with blue mosaic tiles and rows of yellow ducks.

The fort is a prominent landmark of the city as it stands upright and broad, it has served the purpose well during the times of battles, imprisonments and jauhars.

Some Interesting Facts about the Gwalior Fort:
  • The Fort is one of the biggest forts in India.
  • It covers an area of 3 square kilometers and is 35 feet high. 
  • There are eleven temples of Gautama Buddha and Tirthankars of Jainism.There are also a number of palaces (mahal).
  • There are two gates, one on the northeast side with a long access ramp and other on the southwest. The main entrance is the Elephant gate and the other is the Badalgarh Gate.
  • The water tanks or the reservoirs of the Fort could provide water to a 15000 strong garrison, they were required to secure the fort.
  • One of the palaces of the fort, Gujari Mahal has been converted into an archeological museum.
  • Every evening a light and sound show is presented in the Fort’s open amphitheater.
  • On the same hill is the famous boarding school, which is exclusive for the sons of princes and nobles, Scindia School. It was founded by Madho Rao Scindia in 1897.
  • There are many festivals and fairs that take place in Gwalior during the winter seasons: Gwalior Annual Trade Fair is famous to experience the native culture and for shopping.
  • Tansen Music Festival, is held in honor of Tansen who was from the city.This festival ensures you a journey of Indian classical music.
  • Gwalior Carnival, which started recently by the tourism department of the city is an event that includes various activities like dance, music, food, spiritual camps and sports.
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Best Places to Visit in August in India

There is certainly no doubt that India is a land of diversity. Diversity is often depicted through culture, language and much more. During monsoons, people prefer staying indoors fearing mud smeared clothes, slippers and continuous sneezing during rains. August is considered to be the busiest holiday month of the year. Airports, railway stations are crowded, resorts are hot and prices tend to be high.  

Speaking about destinations, there are multiple places to visit, according to the season, purpose, budget and mood. What you need is a reason for a break to explore the versatility of the land known as India. From the snow desert of Ladakh to golden sand dunes of Rajasthan and from the laidback ambience to Kovalam beach to history telling ruins of Nalanda University. The beautiful ambience that monsoon creates is highly attractive for travelers from India and abroad. Here’s the list of top places to visit in India during August for your kind perusal.

1. Mount Abu- A Scenic Place amidst Desert  

 Mount Abu- A Scenic Place amidst Desert
Mount Abu - the Scenic hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan
Being a popular hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu, although round the year visiting place, however, it is eye catching to watch this charming destination when clouds cover up the sky and water drops come down to the earth.  There are innumerable temples scattered all around the place. Naturalists just can’t afford to miss the astonishing views of sunset point and a mind-boggling water boat ride on Nakki Lake. 

                                       [ Also check out 5 best hill stations in India ]

2. Periyar National Park – Wildlife Treasure of South India

Periyar National Park – Wildlife Treasure of South India
Elephants in Periyar National Park
One of the finest national parks in southern India, Periyar National Park extends around the banks of a huge artificial lake. The park is known for its magnificent elephants and you can take a 30 minute elephant rides through the jungle. The best time to visit this park is the cooler and drier months of October to February. However, the aroma of the moist vegetation during the monsoon gives it a special appeal. 

[Read more about Periyar National Park]

3. Lonavala- Monsoon Magic for Mumbaikars 

 Lonavala- Monsoon Magic for Mumbaikars
Lonavala - A very popular place for hill station and curvy roads
Situated in the Pune district of Maharashtra, Lonavala is a great destination for holidaying during Monsoons. It is quite famous across India for the Chikki they produce. Those who are based in Mumbai can easily get local trains to Kajrat and then further go to Lonavala. 

 [Don't miss-out to plan for monsoon holidays in India]

It is the most sought after weekend destination for the Mumbaikars. During monsoons, especially August, this place is thronged by the tourists. There are extraordinary attractions in Lonavala and the sceneries in the hill station are breathtaking. Lonavala has been a hotspot for the shooting of Bollywood movies. 

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4. Mandu- Honeymoon and Adventure at Once 

Mandu- Honeymoon and Adventure at Once
Jahaz Mahal, Mandu
The perfect destination for honeymoon as well as a place for adventure loving people, Mandu is famously known for the great love story of Baaz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati, which even today fills the air of Mandu. It turns all green in monsoons and is thus called the ‘City of Joy’. Mandu is a sublime amalgam of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architecture. During August (monsoon), Mandu is one of the best places to visit. The natural surroundings are in full bloom during this time. 
       
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5. Pondicherry- Touch of French Culture 

Pondicherry- Touch of French Culture
Pondicherry - “A little piece of Medieval France in India"
When you move down towards the beautiful and picturesque East Coast Road, you come across Pondicherry approximately 160 kilometers south of Chennai. The tourism in this state offers a great opportunity to explore the glorious charms of this Union territory. It comprises of diverse attractions such as churches, mosques, historical monuments and palm-fringed beaches. Taste some good food, cooked in traditional style, and drink some fine variety of wine. 

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6. Kumarakom- Enjoy the Natural Beautie

Kumarakom- Enjoy the Natural Beautie
House boat on Vembanad lake in Kerala
One of the most important tourist destinations in Kerala, Kumarakom is equally fascinating during monsoons except for cruising. Cruising is prohibited during those times. Also, the Vembanad Lake surrounding the town has many natural beauties in store for you. It is quite famous all over the world for its wide variety of houseboats. There are various other types of boats available for cruising such as rice boat, snake boat, Odi Vallam, Iruttukutthi Vallam and Churulan Vallam.

7. Jog Falls- Gushes in Color White 

Jog Falls- Gushes in Color White
Jog Falls - the second-highest plunge waterfall in India
Situated in Shimoga district, on the Sharavathi River, Jog Falls tumbles down from a height of 253 meters. This waterfall is also known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. The importance of this waterfall is that the water does not tumble down the rocks in a tiered fashion. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provides a scenic backdrop to the falls.

8. Malshej Ghat- Hit with Adventure Enthusiasts 

 Malshej Ghat- Hit with Adventure Enthusiasts
  
Nestled beautifully in the Western Ghats, Malshej Ghat is quite a big hit among the tourists seeking tranquility and natural beauty. It is one of the most famous places in Pune district. The lush greenery and the breezy weather alongside the meandering waterfalls look like a natural phenomena in the month of August. The Flamingoes are the main attraction in the region and undeniably a haven for tourists, trekkers and hikers. It offers excellent opportunities for rock climbers and trekkers. 

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9. Vasota Fort,  Satara- Mishmash of History and Nature  

Vasota Fort,  Satara- Mishmash of History and Nature
Vasota Fort,  Satara
Located in the state of Maharashtra, Satara is lined with amazing temples and forts. Located around 3,000 feet high, this fort provides a defense from the advancing enemy. Visiting Satara during monsoons offers you a much-needed respite from the heat. If you love the rains, monsoons (August) are the best time to be in Satara and enjoy the scenic locales in the region. It brims with a rich heritage that dates back to the glorious past. The quintessential tourist will get to explore the forts and wildlife sanctuaries. 

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10. Shirdi - Abode of Sai Baba 

Shirdi - Abode of Sai Baba

A prominent pilgrimage center, Shirdi is best known as the home to the popular Guru Shirdi Sai Baba. The town is merely 296 kilometers away from Mumbai and thus is an ideal holiday destination for Mumbaikars. The region has a temple built at the famous spot related to the sage’s life and thus remains flanked by hordes of devotees throughout the year. 

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Udhampur to Katra Train Flagged off by PM Narendra Modi

Udhampur to Katra Train
PM Narendra Modi flagged off new train from Udhampur to Katra
The inauguration of the Katra-Udhampur railway line will bring an even higher devotees’ turnout to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi. The train, that was flagged off by the honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, will take pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi base camp at Katra.

"I congratulate the crores of devotees of Mata Vaishno Devi, who want to come here for pilgrimage from all across the country," Modi said while dedicating the train to the nation.

The prime minister said the new rail link will speed up the process of development in the state.

"The journey started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be continued... our priority is to win the hearts of every citizen of this state through development," Modi said.

Modi said the train is a gift not just for people of Jammu and Kashmir but for the whole of India.

At the function at the Katra station where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among others present, the prime minister refrained from touching upon any political issue facing the state.

The prime minister also allayed the fears of the people of Jammu, who feel that the direct rail link to Katra will have negative impact on the development of their city, saying the "development of Jammu will not be stalled."

A set of local trains from Jammu to Katra and Pathankot to Katra is also likely to be introduced to cater to the rush of Vaishno Devi pilgrims. An estimated 10 million devotees visit the shrine every year.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been stationed at vulnerable locations all along the track in protected bunkers to maintain round-the-clock vigil.


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Places to Visit in India in November

The onset of the winter season makes the month of November an ideal time to plan a holiday to some of the most popular as well as off-beat destinations in India. The already over monsoon season adds to the beauty of the nature, a real treat to the eyes.

The days get shorter, calmer and the nights considerably cooler. November is also the month when a number of festivals are being celebrated all around the country. During your holidays in India in November, you can admire the scenery, enjoy the weather or just laze around in your hotel room. In a nutshell, this is a good time to explore some of India’s most interesting places.

The blog enlists 10 best places to visit in India during November:

Bundi for havelis, miniature paintings and calm environment

Taragarh Fort, Bundi - The undiscovered splendour
Taragarh Fort, Bundi - The undiscovered splendour
 A tiny less-explored town, Bundi boasts of rich historical assets. Once the ruling tribe of the region, the Meena tribe hds given a name to this place. Bundi has been named after the tribe’s chieftain Bunda Meena. Placed at a distance of around 200 km from the state’s capital Jaipur, this quaint yet enchanting town is encircled by the Aravalis from three sides. 

This calm town has narrow alleys, hills, blue-colored houses, temples, havelis and the most popular Taragarh Fort. It is one of those places in Rajasthan that still carries its old magical regal charm. The place is also popular for the Bundi School of painting, known for its Rajasthan-inspired miniature paintings.

[Also check out Shekhawati Festival in Rajasthan]

Varanasi for boat ride, evening Ganga Aarti and the religious feel

The Holy City Varanasi

Also known as Kashi and Benaras, the busy city of Varanasi is popular for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Brace yourself and set your foot in one of the 7 holy cities of the Hindu religion. The western banks of the river Ganga extend themselves to a web of narrow Galis, another charm of the city. 

Enjoy a boat ride on the placid waters of Ganga and observe the morning rituals taking place on the ghats. Known as the abode of Lord Shiva, this city is also famed for its special ‘paan’ and ancient Benares Hindu University. Do not miss the evening Ganga aarti, a major tourist attraction. Along with the temples of Varanasi, do explore the Buddhist sites of Sanchi.

[Also check out top 10 temples in India]

Bhuj for historical sites
Bhuj, Gujarat

The former capital of the Kutch, the quaint town of Bhuj has an amazing feel about it that somewhere connects you to its old rulers and their charm still hanging in the air. Though after the massive earthquake of 2001 Bhuj was almost destroyed but it has been resurrected again and looks great. After the Jadeja Rajputs made Bhuj their capital in 1510, it became one of the most important towns in the region. 

During your visit, you can visit Prag mahal, Rama Kund, Hamirsar lake, Kutch Museum and Aina Mahal and get your hands on some amazing handicraft items and local textiles, famous all around the world. Do not miss a walk around the royal Cenotaphs in the evening.

[Also check out out post on wildlife in Gujarat]

Jaisalmer for camel safari in the Thar

Jaisalmer for camel safari in the Thar

Lovingly called the Golden City, Jaisalmer is quite close to the border of Pakistan, the westernmost boundary of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is also quite popular for a camel safari in vast sand dunes of the Thar Desert. One of the most striking monuments here is the Jaisalmer Fort or the Sonar Quila, a must-visit. Explore the old havelis (mansions), shop at the local markets and binge on the lip-smacking food. 

[Also check out a guide to holidays in Rajasthan]

This city is also popular for being one of the main ancient trading centres. Another attraction which should not be missed is the beautifully-carved Jain temples. In November, the weather especially during the evening becomes amazing.

[Read more about Jaisalmer]

Goa for beaches, churches, seafood and more

Adventure Sports in Goa

The tiny state of Goa is probably one of the most visited destinations in India, which is famed for its beaches, churches, nightlife, shopping and more. It is visited by local and foreign tourists every, alike, in crazy numbers. Blessed with a coastline that is over 101 km, Goa is one of India’s smallest countries that is located on the western coast in the Konkan region. 

Goa does not only has beautiful churches and beaches, but it also attracts visitors through its water sports activities, night parties, flea markets, wildlife, casinos, lush spice plantations and seafood and drinks, mainly a special Cashew nut drink made here, Fenni.

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Hampi for Temple Ruins

Hampi Group of Monuments

Hampi is one of the best places to visit for its major tourist attractions, its superb weather and an exotic charm. The last capital of one of the greatest Hindu dynasties in the history of the country, Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is laidback town, attracting visitors who have an interest in history. This place is quite popular for its temple ruins, which were built way back during the 14th century. 

The temple ruins of Hampi have divided into two main areas: the Royal Centre, towards Kamalapuram and the Sacred Centre, around the Bazaar. A group of around 500 monuments in this World Heritage Site, it stretches itself in around 25 km. Out of these, Vittala Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is very popular. The huge hall of the temple has beautifully carved pillars, 56 in number, whichwhen struck make interesting musical sounds.

[Read more about Hampi Group of Monuments]

Sasan Gir for the Asiatic Lion

A pair of Asiatic lions at Sasan Gir National Park
A pair of Asiatic lions at Sasan Gir National Park
Spread in an area of 1414 sq km, Sasan Gir Sancturay is as the only home of the Asiatic lion. Lying amidst Junagarh and Veraval, this wildlife sanctuary was established in the year 1965 and became a national park in 1975. Gir National Park is home to around 300 bird species and 37 mammal species. Some of the animals that can be spotted during the wildlife safari include Sambar deer, spotted deer, chinkara, Nilgai, four-horned antelope, crocodiles and so on. Gir is placed 43 km towards the north-east of Somnath.

[Also check out more ideas on holidays in Gujarat]

Orchha for Royal Chatrris

Chhatris at Orchha

Established by Rudra Pratap, the Bundela Rajput chieftain way back during the 16th century Orchha stands on the banks of River Betwa. This quaint town is home to some very beautiful architectural marvels including the Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the Laxminarayan temple. 

The royal cenotaphs or the Chatrris, on the banks of the river, are the major crowd pullers. This historic small town in the state of Madhya Pradesh is a nice place to visit during November if you have an interest in medieval history.

[Read more about Orchha]

Bharatpur for Bird Watching

Sarus Crane, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The ‘Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan’, Bharatpur was established in 1733 by Maharaja Suraj Mal. This place has been named after Bharat, one of the brothers of Lord Ramayana. Laxmana, the other brother of Lord Rama is worshipped here as the main deity. One of the major attractions here is the forest and its wildlife. 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Keoladeo Ghana National Park, formerly known as Bharatpur National Bark and Bird Sanctuary, is primarily a wetland.  Over 300 bird species is the major highlight of this park. This national park is placed 3 km southwards of the center of Bharatpur. Along with the national park, there are other historical sites as well including Lohagarh Fort and Deeg Palace, close by, which are worth visiting.

[Read more about Bharatpur or get some for ideas for wildlife holidays in India]

Tiruchirapalli for its ancient temples

Tiruchirapalli ancient temples
Tiruchirapalli Temples
Tiruchirappalli, also known as Trichy, is quite popular for its temples as well as busy streets and bazaars as well. This place boasts of a long history. It had been under the rule of several dynasties including the early and medieval Cholas, Pallavas, Delhi Sultanante, Pandyas and Vijayanagar. 

Geographically located in the center of the Tamil Nadu state, Tiruchirapalli, became prominent during the 17th century when it was under the rule of the Nayaks. The most important attraction here, Rock Fort Temple, was erected during this time only.

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Top 20 Trekking Destinations in Uttarakhand

LOVE TREKKING? COME AND EXPLORE THE TOP TREKKING DESTINATIONS IN UTTARAKHAND

The feeling of being footloose in Himalayas is seldom matched by any other activity when it comes to adventure, rejuvenation and communion with nature. With 73% of the mightiest mountain in the world Himalayas in India, adventure lovers have a reason to visit India to seek the communion with nature and thrill of mountain climbing in India. Some of the best trekking trails of Himalayas fall in the territory of Uttarakhand.It is a trekker's paradise with an array of short and long trails ranging from moderate to really arduous hikes.

In this addition, we will talk about some of the best and most exciting trekking destinations in Uttarakhand that are not just adventurous but with the benefit of hindsight these hikes are spiritual and liberating as well.

But first a brief introduction to the state also referred to as the "Devbhoomi (Abode of the Gods)."

For beautiful landscapes, a variety of flora and fauna, clean air, crystal clear lake water, mesmerizing views – altogether a soul-rejuvenating trip, you don’t need to head out of India. It’s all here in Uttarakhand.

Situated in the northern part of India and also known as the “Land of Gods”, Uttarakhand is not only known for its sheer beauty and the wide range of flora and fauna but also for the never forgetting experiences it offers to its travelers . The state is of great cultural, historical and mythological significance, notwithstanding the outstanding trekking opportunities it provides.

Uttarakhand offers you a variety of trekking destinations, with each and every destination offering its own unique and different meaning. The fresh air, clear water, lakes,snow capped Himalayan range and the wide variety of flora and fauna make it a perfect trekking destination.

So here we go with the list of top 20 trekking destinations in Uttarakhand in no particular order:

Har Ki Dun
Har Ki Dun
Har Ki Dun, situated at an elevation of 3,655 mts above sea level in Ghariwal Himalayas


It is also referred as Har ki Doon. This is a perfect trek for beginners and those who would want to enjoy the sheer beauty of the Himalayas. A beautiful v- shaped valley situated at an elevation of 3,655 mts above sea level in Ghariwal Himalayas, Har ki Doun ss a great destination for photography lovers as it includes a wide range of flora and fauna and sweeping view of mighty Himalayan peaks.

Believed to be a holy place you can find a temple in the name of Duryodhan, who faught against the Pandavas in an epic tale of Mahabharat.Interaction with local villagers make this trek a worthwhile experience. Maninda tal is a must visit destination which gives a breathtaking view overlooking the majestic valley.

Altitude: 3566 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 7-8 Days
When to go: May to November
Nearest City: Mussoorie
Distance from New Delhi: 482

Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers
A mesmerizing view of Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

It gives you a majestic view you would be glad you witnessed. Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth, British mountaineers in 1931 discovered a valley while returning from a successful expedition. A stunning view of snow capped mountains and the bright sunshine falling on the fields can be witnessed by every nature loving person. Being situated at a high altitude, it opens only from May - October. Valley of Flowers happens to be one of the best monsoon destinations in India.


The park covers an area of about 87.50km and is about 8km long and 2km wide . A wide range of flora such as orchids, poppies, marigold, daisies, saxifrages, sediams etc. and fauna including grey langur, flying squirrel, black bear, different species of butterflies etc can be spotted during the trek. But remember a permit is required to visit valley of flowers. Night stay inside the valley is not permitted so prepare for accommodation in advance.

Altitude: 3858
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 6-8 days
When to go: July till September
Nearest City: Joshimath
Distance from New Delhi: 486 kms

Lakhamandal Trek
Lakhamandal Trek
Lakhamandal Trek, situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Garhwal Himalayas

It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Garhwal Himalayas.An easy trek which can be done at any time of the year. It is associated with the cultural and historic significance, the story goes a long way back to the Pandavas and Kauravas.

It is believed that Duryodhan, a Kaurav prince built a Lac palace and tried to burn the Pandavas alive. However, locals believe the secret passage that Pandavas used to escape the fire still exists. A temple also exists at the center of the village in the name of Bhagwati and Shiva.

You can also enjoy the vast green landscapes throughout the trek to Biratkhoi where you'd find the ruins of an ancient fort and meet the local friendly villagers who love to share a lot of historical and mythological tales.

Altitude: 1700
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-8 Days
When to go: Round the year
Nearest City: Rishikesh
Distance from New Delhi: 230 kms

Pindari Glacier
Pindari Glacier
Pindari Glacier in Bhageshwer district of Uttrakhand.Pindari

At an altitude of 3353 mts above sea level in the Bhageshwer district of Uttrakhand.Pindari glacier offers the true sense of beauty for man to enjoy. A six day long trek, which comprise of total 90 km.the trail to the glacier crosses through the Saung, Loharkhet, Dhakuri pass, Khati village, Dwali, Phurkia and finally to zero point- Pindar.

One of the easiest Himalayan treks, which culminates into an unforgettable experience. Best time to visit is from April to November except monsoons in July.

Altitude: 3353 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-9 days
When to go: April to November
Nearest City: Bageshwar (Take a train to Kathgodam from Delhi)
Distance from New Delhi: 417 kms

Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib, situated at 4329 mts above sea level in Chamoli

A holy place situated at 4329 mts above sea level in Chamoli district over Hemkund lake which is also known as the lake of snow. A sacred place for the Sikh devotees. Every year a huge number of people make this trek to visit and offer their prayers . Hemkund is a 15km trek from Govindghat and the route provides a variety of flora for you to enjoy.

The breathtaking view, waterfalls, dense forest and the crystal clear lake, makes it a trek you wish you could it again and again. If you are starting your trek from Ghangaria the distance is about 6 kms. While Hemkund Sahib is famous for its star shaped structure and its stone and concrete masonry. Hemkund lake is famous for its crystal clear water which mirror images of Saptashringa peaks.

Altitude: 4329 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-10 days
When to go:  June to October
Nearest City: Joshimath
Distance from New Delhi: 514 km


Gangotri Tapovan Nandanvan Trek

Gangotari Tapovan Nandavan trek
Gangotari Tapovan Nandavan trek

A 5-6 day trek at an altitude of 4463 mts making it a moderate trek which leads to an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by the group of Gangotri mountains the beautiful Gangotari glacier rests in between.Gomukh at the Gangotari glacier is the source of ganges, the holy river worshiped by Hindus.

[Gangotri is part of the chota Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand]

The high altitude and isolated area of Tapovan and Nandvan, makes it an amazing experience for trek loving people.Other then trekking Gangotari Tapovan Nandan also offers rock climbing, bolder hopping and glacier traversing which makes it an attraction for all adventure enthusiasts.

Altitude: 4463 meters
Grade: Moderate to Tough
Duration (from Delhi): 5-6 days
When to go: May to June & August to October
Nearest City: Rishikesh
Distance from New Delhi: 230 km

Milam Glacier
Milam Glacier

Milam Glacier in the Nanda Devi area of Uttarakhand

One of the most awe inspiring treks in Kumaon Himalayas, Milam Glacier is a moderate gradient challenging trek through forested and stark landscape in the Nanda Devi area of Uttarakhand. One of the most popular trekking destinations among experienced trekkers, Milam glacier is located at the tehsil of Munsiyari, in the Pithoragarh district.

One of the major glaciers in Kamoyan Himalayas, it covers around 37 sqt area. The highest point of this trek is 3800 meters. The trek includes walking through amazing landscapes, waterfalls ,wooden bridges, flora and fauna and picturesque streams.

Altitude: 4100 meters
Grade: Moderate to Tough
Duration (from Delhi): 8-10 days
When to go: May - June and September
Nearest City: Munshiyari
Distance from New Delhi: 543 kms


Kedarnath Trek
Kedarnath Trek
Kedarnath Trek
 It is one of the Char Dhams located at the height of 3584m above sea leave near the head of Mandakani river.Kedarnath temple is a holy pilgrimage worshiped by Hindus and it attracts a large number of pilgrims every year.

As you travel a lot of myths and historical stories can be heard from the locals, which makes the journey more interesting. A great view of Chaukhamba peak and Mandakini valley is seen from here. Due to the weather conditions it only opens from April to November.

Altitude: 3583 meters
Grade: Moderate to tough
Duration (from Delhi): 3-5 days
When to go: May till October
Nearest City: Sonprayag
Distance from New Delhi: 442 kms

Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India

India’s second highest peak at an altitude of 5025 mts above sea level makes it a moderate trek. Some of the important peaks encircling the park are Dunagiri,Changband, Kalnka,Mangraon,Rishi Prahar,Mrigthuni,Nandakhat,Trishul-I,Trishul-II, Maiktoli,Bethartoli Himal and Nanda Devi East. Also, the abundant presence of flora and fauna makes it a must visit trek for photographers, poets and every nature loving person.

Altitude: 4700 meters
Grade: Tough
Duration (from Delhi): 15-18 days
When to go: First week of June and August to September
Nearest City: Munshiyari
Distance from New Delhi: 543 kms

Jwala Devi Trek
Jwala Devi Trek
Jwala Devi Trek, located in Mussorie
At the height of 2100 mts Jawala Devi trek is an easy and one of the most popular trek,located in bingo hill in Mussorie Jawal Devi temple it attracts a lot of pilgrims and devotees towards it. Also known as “Jwala Ji” the temple is built in the name of goddess Durga. A place for all nature lovers as it gives a fine-looking scenery to its visitors and a view of the Yamuna river and Shivalik range from the temple.

Altitude: 2100 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 2-3 days
When to go: Throughout the year
Nearest City: Mussoorie
Distance from New Delhi: 271 kms

Dodital
Dodital
Dodital is a freshwater lake in Uttarakhand
Situated at an altitude of 3024 mts above sea level amidst a dense forest. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in India . Dodital is said to be the birthplace of Hindu deity lord Ganesha, also a temple in the name of Ganesha is situated over there. The lake famous for Himalayan trout, impeccable scenic beauty,greenery crystal clear water, diverse culture and heritage makes it a must visit trek for travelers and camping lovers.

Altitude: 3024 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 days
When to go: March - June, September - November and December - February (Snow trek)
Nearest City: Uttarkashi
Distance from New Delhi: 402 kms

Binsar
Binsar
From Binsar in Almora one can see the 300 km panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks

Located in the Kumaon Himalayas and surrounded by the Himalayan range it gives a spectacular view of Nanada Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchucholi, Kedarnath, Trishuli and Chukhambha. Binsar trek is one of the popular trek among travels for hiking , camping and sightseeing. An ideal trek for winter, it provides a picturesque beauty of snow capped Himalayan range.

Altitude: 2400 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 2-3 days
When to go: August till March
Nearest City: Almora
Distance from New Delhi: 347 kms

Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari Pass Trek gives an amazing view of Nanda-Devi, Hamet and to Hathi-Ghodi Parvat.
Also known as the Curzon trail,as the famous viceroy of India also travelled the route. After Lord Kurzon made the trek it became a quite popular destination among Americans and Europeans. At an altitude of 4268 mts it gives an amazing view to Nanda-Devi, Hamet and to Hathi-Ghodi Parvat.

On route travelers also enjoy the beauty of Himalayan Range including Kedarnath,Chukhamba,Gauri Parbat, Nanada Devi, etc. If you are lucky you might also encounter leopard or Himalayan black bear on this trail.Best time to make this trip is around September -October.

Altitude: 4268 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 5-7 days
When to go: March - June and September - October
Nearest City: Joshimath
Distance from New Delhi: 486 kms

Panch Kedar Trek
Kuari Pass Trek


The trek of Paanch Kedar refers to a trip to the holy places dedicated to a Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is situated at the head of Mandakani river which is known for the Linga, a natural rock which resembles the hump of a bull, Tugnath is the place where the arm of Shiva appeared.

In Madmaheshwar the Linga worshipped is in the form of navel, whereas ,Rudranath is the place where the face of Shiva appeared and Kalpeshwar is where the matted tress of lord Shiva is worshiped.They all together comprise forming a Panch Kedar trek. The total trek length to cover all five temples is about 170 km.

Altitude: 2200 - 3680 meters
Grade: Easy to moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 3-7 days
When to go: February till October

Roopkund Trek
Roopkund Trek
Also known as the “mystery lake”is  situated at an elevation of 5029 mts above sea level


Also known as the “mystery lake” since skeletons of humans and horses have been found here from the Paliolithic age. Situated at an elevation of 5029 mts above sea level in the base of Trishul peak and Nand ghunti.

Although the lake is almost frozen all round the year, but it’s a popular place among the trek lovers for its greenery ,meadows and scenic landscapes .Rookkund trek is considered one of the best trek in Himalayas for the beginners as the trek is clear and well defined and one doesn't need guide or porter and even the climb is on an easy gradient.

Altitude: 4800 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-8 days
When to go: Late May to June and Late September  to October
Nearest City: Kathgodam
Distance from New Delhi: 276 kms

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Munsiyari
Munsiyari Trek


The name Munsiyari refers to the“place of snow”. Munsiyari offers you the picturesque view of the snow capped Himalayan range. One the most popular trekking destinations among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts as it is the base for Ralam, Milama and Namik glacier. It lies between the border of India,Tibet and Nepal and is emerging as one of the major trekking destinations.

It is also known for its diverse flora and fauna which includes leopard. Himalayan bear, Musk deer, fox, etc. Also, it is a great place for bird lovers as you can find falcon, wagtail, raven, monal, serpent eagle and other fine birds.

Altitude: 2200 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3 days
When to go: Throughout the year
Distance from New Delhi: 543 kms

Chandrashila Trek
Chandrashila Trek
Chandrashila Trek is situated an alititude of 4000 mts above sea level

It is 4.5 km mild trek ,which begins from Chopata through Tugnath. A trek you can enjoy at any time round the year, situated at an altitude of 4000mts above sea level. It offers you a mesmerizing view which is hard to forget. Chandrashila summit in Gharwal Himalayas offers you a breathtaking view of Nanda Devi, Kedar peak, Trishul and Chukhambha peak.

Altitude: 3925 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3 days
When to go: April till October
Nearest City: Ukimath
Distance from New Delhi: 416 kms

Barkot
Barkot


It is located form 49kms from the Yamunotri river at an elevation of 1220mts above sea level. The ravishing landscapes it offers makes it an amazing place to holiday with your friends and family.The best time to visit Barkot is from April to November.The ravishing beauty it offers makes it quite a popular destination among tourists.

Altitude: 1220 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 days
When to go: May - October
Nearest City: Uttarkashi
Distance from New Delhi: 402 kms

Rudranath
Rudranath


The fourth temple of Panch Kedar. At an elevation of 3600 mts above sea level in Chamoli district.It is graded as a moderate trek. Rudranath is famous for its temple and the incredible beauty it offers to the travelers. The trek offers the beauty of alpine pastures, dense forest, and the awe aspiring beauty of meadows.

Altitude: 3600 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 Days
When to go: 7-8 days
Nearest City: Rishikesh
Distance from New Delhi: 231 kms

Nagtibba
Nagtibba


An interesting trekking option as it can be done at any time of the year.Gradded as an easy trek makes it a must for beginners, at a level of 3048 mts it offers an enticing view of Himalayan range. Naggatibba is 13 kms from Deviasari,which is the starting point of the trek. Naggatibba also provides you a clear view of Gangotari group of peaks, Bandarpoonch peak, Kedarnath peak, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Chanabang. It’s a must visit for all adventure and camping enthusiasts.

Altitude: 3048 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 days
When to go: April till October
Nearest City: Dehradun
Distance from New Delhi:354 KM
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