Uttarakhand: Paradise Unexplored

When the adventure bug bites it bites hard and a prime example of it is the act of hiking or trekking. Trekking is not just a physical but also a highly spiritual and emotional journey in itself. It is a very exciting and challenging activity which is accompanied by a great sense of satisfaction. One derives not just tremendous pleasure but also a sense fulfillment from a hiking experience.

Over the past few years the popularity of trekking as a recreational activity has increased majorly in India and worldwide. It is a wonderful way of taking a break from the boring and mundane life of the city, breathe fresh air and relax in the lap of nature.

We in India are lucky to have the majestic Himalayas! The beautiful North Indian state of Uttarakhand is blessed with a good portion of the magnanimous Himalayas and is home to some gorgeous peaks and glaciers. Some utterly wonderful treks and trails lead to these locations of outlandish beauty. It is rightly called Devbhoomi or the Land of Gods!

Its snowy mountains, dense jungles, serene rivers, picturesque villages and some very famous religious sites make it one of the most tourist flocked states in the country! It is no wonder that hiking on the trails of Uttarakhand amidst the snow laden peaks is an experience that every adventure enthusiast and nature lover looks forward to. The lofty Himalayas attract adventure aficionados from all across the Globe.

It is a popular saying in the mountain regions that they call you and when they do is hard to ignore their call! The beautiful treks around the foothills of Himalayas in Uttarakhand are a living proof of this saying!

A trekking or camping trip in Uttarakhand is an opportunity not to be missed! Uttarakhand is blessed with some of the best trails and treks in the world! These treks range from extremely popular and commercial to lesser known, quiet and unexplored realms. Your adventure bucket list is certainly incomplete without witnessing the beauty of Uttarakhand and walking on some of the most breathtaking and enthralling trekking routes in the world!

You get to choose from an array of treks and splendid locations in this trekking capital of India. Some of these places lie in Garhwal and some in the Kumaon region.

The Garhwal region is home to some of the most famous trekking routes such as:

· Chandrashila Summit Trek

· Dodital Trek

· Har Ki Dun Trek

· Lakhamandal Trek

· Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

· Roop Kund Trek

· Gangotri Tapovan Nandavan Trek

· Chopta Deoriatal Tungnath Trek

· Auli Kwaripass Tapovan Trek

· Khatling Sahastra Trek

· Panwali Kedarnath Trek

· Hemkund Sahib Trek

· Nagtibba Trek

· Kuari Pass Trek

· Kedarnath Vasukital Trek

· Panch Kedar Trek

· Valley of Flowers Trek

· Jwala Devi Trek

· Binsar Trek

Whereas Kumaon, comprising the western hill districts of Uttarakhand, is home to some of the most famous trekking routes such as:

· Panch Chuli Base Camp Trek

· Sinla Pass Trek

· Devi Kund-Nag Kund Trek

· Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek

· Adi Kailash Trek

· Sunderdunga Base Camp Trek

· Kafni Glacier Trek

· Pindari Glacier Trek

· Milam Glacier Trek