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“There comes...a longing never to travel again except on foot.” - Wendell Berry. Ever thought of taking the road less traveled? If not, it’s time to head out! All of us need some unwinding and a long trek is the perfect way to do that! So pack your bag, but hey, leave those car keys at home. Let’s do some walking!
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Dharamshala is the starting point to a number of trekking trails. The trek to Chamba can be followed by different routes. The most difficult, and hence adventurous, route is Bhimgasutri Pass, it covers steep cliffs and near-vertical rocky ascents. Other moderate routes include crossing the Bleni Pass to Dunali on the Chamba Road. The trek along this route gives you an enormous peak of forests and streams.
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Gangotri acts as the starting point for the trek to Gaumaukh or onto Kedar Tal. At an altitude of 4912 M from the Gangotri area of Garhwal Himalayas, Kedar Tal is a beautiful lake enveloped in a sheet of mountains adjacent to a glacier. The route from Gangotri involves stopping at the following places - Bhoj Kharak, Kedar Kharak, and then straight to Kedar Tal. It is a leisurely affair with hospitable sunshine, gorgeous lakes and magnificent peaks.
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Perhaps the most popular of all Hindu pilgrimages, the Vaishno Devi shrine is located at an altitude of 5300 Ft and at a distance of 11 - 12 Km from Katra, a small town in Jammu & Kashmir that also functions as the base camp for pilgrims. Once you reach Vaishno Devi, the path to Bhairo Mandir is 10 - 11 Kms away. The trek routes are well-maintained and have facilities of palkis & helicopters in case you find it too difficult a walk.
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Mcleodganj is emerging as a favourite destination among travellers. From Dharamshala, it’s a short and pleasant trek of 3 - 4 Kms. The trek path is clean and easy, and one walks past the green trees and breath-taking sights, temples, monasteries and waterfalls. This is a trek that you can head out on with a large group of your friends and the scenery and the simplicity of the route is perfect for a long chat on life or to enjoy the sounds of nature.
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A range of mountains in the western part of Tamil Nadu, the part of Nilgiri like Ooty, Coonoor, Devashola, Rallia Hill and many others are a hit with the nature lovers. These places provide the finest, yet adventurous, trekking spots. Blessed with pleasant weather, the Nilgiris ranges offer some of the most breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking for a little solitude or an adventurous getaway, the Nilgiris Range has it all to offer!
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Popular in the South, Kumar Parvatha is a mountain located in Subramanya, a small village in Karnataka. Despite being a small village, it attracts a large number of visitors, courtesy of this mountain. It stands tall at a height of 1712 M and at a distance of about 13 Kms from the village. Trekking here is an exhilarating experience, including walking in a dense forest, across the greenery of the mountain environs and walking past brooks and bushes.
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If you’re looking for a little snow to play around with, here's where to go. Located in Uttarakhand, Lansdowne Tiffin Top and Snow View Point offer phenomenal views of Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks. While here you can make a trip to the Santoshi Maa temple for the evening Aarti; the sound of the bells combined with the cool mountain air is astounding!
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At an altitude of 1869 meters above sea level, the best time to visit Ranikhet is between March and October. It offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas and the lush green locales of the mountains and the rush of the water below is certainly the break you could use from all the chaos of your day job and the crazy city life. Who knows while you are there you might even spot a leopard cat or a red fox!
So what are you waiting for? Head on out for a well-deserved jaunt into mother nature!