India is not just a destination for spiritual seekers, history buffs or travelers looking for the perfect cultural treasure. Under its vibrant colours, India is also home to pure nature, picturesque landscapes and gorgeous treks. It is a true gem for trekkers. No matter if you are looking for a winter trek in the famous Himalayas or if you feel like hiking under coconut trees in South India, you will find what you are looking for in India. Here are 15 stunning trails around India to inspire any all kind of trekkers.
1. Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand
Located in the state of Uttarakhand, Roopkund Trek is truly a unique trek. The trail leads you to Roopkund’s lake, also known as Skeleton lake or the Mystery lake, a place you are not about to forget. Indeed, it is said that around five hundred humans skeletons can be found on the edge of the lake, which explain its name. Be ready for high altitude since you will be trekking in the Himalayas. This trek might be a rough one, but it’s among trekkers’ favourite in India. It requires between seven to nine days.
2. Arak Valley Trek, Andhra Pradesh
This trail will not only please trekkers, but all kind of adventure enthusiasts. With its boulder landscapes and its unique panoramas, the Arak Valley is also a great spot to enjoy rock-climbing. You can also make a stop to the Katiki waterfalls and the Borra caves, two touristic attractions in Andhra Pradesh. Since you are around, you might as well enjoy some of the best coffee in India.
3. Dzongri Trek, West Sikkim
Located between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, Sikkim is part of the Northeast states of India. Sikkim itself is a heaven on earth with impressive landscapes over the highest mountains of this world. It is also a true paradise for serious trekkers. If you are planning on going and you are feeling adventurous, you might want to try the Dzongri Trek. You will have to start from Yuksom and it will require more or less 10 days. Be ready to see amazing views over the third-highest peak in the world, the Mount Kanchenjunga.
4. McLeod Ganj to Bharmour Trek, Himachal Pradesh
You might have heard about McLeod Ganj before since it is known to be the home of His Holiness the Dalaï Lama. What you might not know though, is that you can enjoy one of India’s best treks from McLeod Ganj to Bharmour, in Chambra Valley. This route, which you can do in the opposite direction as well, will lead to gorgeous views over the mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. It is also a good chance to enjoy some camping in Himachal Pradesh. You will need between five to eight days, but the best option is to book a trek package in McLoed Ganj.
5. Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flowers trek is a sublime trek in India and it might be the most beautiful one. This unique World Heritage Site is perched among the mountains but offers an exotic delight. You will see many different kind of animals and of course, stunning wildflowers. The trek can take up to one week depending on the route you decide to choose and it is recommended to go in July and August, during the monsoon season, when the flowers are blooming.
6. Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra
Maharashtra is not just the home state of famous Mumbai, it is also a green jewel for all kind of trekkers. Indeed, many hill stations are located in the state, especially nearby Mumbai and Pune, and many treks are possible including short to long ones. One of the best one though is Rajmachi Fort Trek, which you can easily do in one day. Two routes are possible, one starting from Kondivade village and one from Lonavala. Try to go during the monsoon so that you can enjoy the best of the green hills.
7. Chadar Trek, Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir)
Have you ever thought of trekking on a frozen river? It sounds like an adventurous idea, right? Well, it it possible in the picturesque state ofJammu and Kashmir in North India, with Chadar Trek. Indeed, this trail takes you on Zanskar river. You have to expect very low temperature and to be ready to sleep in caves and to climb over icy rocks. It is a unique experience, but it is mostly recommended for serious trekkers. Because it is a winter trek, you will have to go either in January or February. Book a trek package deal to have a professional guide with you.
8. Deoria Tal Trek, Uttarakhand
If you are short in time and you are looking for a weekend trek in India, but you still want to admire the Himalayas, Deoria Tal Trek is for you. Located in Uttarakhand, this trek offers delightful views over Deoria Tal Lake as well as picturesque panoramas of the mountains’ summits. It is also a great spot to enjoy birdwatching in Uttarakhand and colourful sunsets. It is considered as a moderate trek, but beginners will also enjoy.
9. Kumara Parvatha Trek, Karnataka
Maybe you are more tempted by a green and scenic trek in South India. If so, you will be pleased with Kumara Parvatha, located in the state of Karnataka. Considered as the second highest peak in Kodagu, you can expect a moderate trek even though it is a short one. The views you will get though is going to be the greatest award. It is truly one of the best trek in Western Ghats.
10. Chandratal Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh
If you want to see reflections of the great Himalayas summits in clear crystal water, the Chandratal Lake Trek could be your favourite trail in India. It’s an easy journey, but the views are unbelievably gorgeous. Because it is a magical looking place, it is also a great chance to enjoy a romantic getaway in the Himachal Pradesh. Try to go between May to October.
11. Chembra Peak Trek, Kerala
Kerala is often referred as being God’s Own Country and for many reasons. I is an amazing state offering the greenest landscapes of India with a tropical weather and a charming culture. The highest peak in Kerala is Chembra and happily, you can easily trek it. It will require only one day, but the views you will have will remain in your best memories. It is located in Wayanad which is also one of the best places to spot wild elephants in India.
12. Lamayuru Trek, Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir)
Jammu and Kashmir state, particularly the region of Ladakh, is home of the amazing Tibetan culture. There are many treks possible in this region, especially treks from Zanskar, but one great option is to immerse yourself in this rich culture and to hike Lamayuru trail. Indeed, this trek will give you the chance to see one the oldest monasteries of Ladakh, Lamayuru Gompa. It is also among the most popular treks in Ladakh.
13. Kodachadri Trek, Karnataka
Taking you to some of the most famous waterfalls of Karnataka, Kodachadri Trek is another trail offering the greatest green landscapes. Three different routes are possible and two days treks are possible although they involve short journeys. Not too far from Bangalore, this trail is a good getaway far from the busy city.
14. Trek around Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
If you are thinking about a jungle trek, you will be happy to know that it is possible in the lovely state of Kerala. Indeed, Kerala is home of the most popular wildlife sanctuary in South India, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Fortunately, you can enjoy a trek around the borders of the sanctuary. It is your chance to spot wild animals such as elephants and if you are lucky, some tigers. Book a one day trek in a tour agency in Thekkady, a city nearby, to be with a professional guide.
15. Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir)
The Markha Valley Trek, located in Jammu and Kashmir, is no piece of cake, but it is one of the best winter treks in India. Be prepared to see the most stunning views of the Himalayas as well as colourful Tibetan flags all the way to the top. This trail, which takes you along theMarkha River through Little Tibet, can be done in 10 days but it sometimes requires up to 14 days.