India is the land of adventure lovers, where you will find the treasure and trove of adventure on every turn. This beautiful land is a perfect combination of verdant landscapes, the mighty Himalayas, and mind blowing rivers, which is enough to allure any trek lover. Trekking is the best way to explore the beauty of hill stations and in India and unravel its secrets like- its lifestyle, history, customs & traditions. No doubt that there are many beautiful hill stations in the world, where you can find all these features, but Indian Himalayan region has its own charm, where most of the trek lovers find comfort. If you are an enthusiast for  trekking and want to explore high altitude treks, then you must visit the high altitude hill stations of India to enjoy the adventure.

1. Chadar Trek, Jammu, and Kashmir

Considered as a highly praised trek of the Indian Himalayas, the Chadar Trek is one of the most popular high altitude winter trek in Zanskar region of Ladakh, situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The trek is popular among both Indian and Non-Indian adventure lovers, who visit this area during every winter season to experience the joy of this high altitude trek. The best time to do this trek is from January to February when the temperature drops from -30 to -35 degrees Celsius. The trek offers you the golden chance of walking over a frozen river located at an altitude of 1100 ft above the sea level. The overall distance of this trek is around 105 kilometers and you have to trek a distance of around 16 kilometers per day. This great trekking trail in Ladakh region is the best experience among all the Himalayan trekking trails.

Altitude: 3850 m (12631.2 ft)
Duration: 9-12 days
Route: Chilling-Zaribago-Deepyokma- Naerak Pullu -Lingshed-Nyarakpulu-Tso Mopoaldar-Tilatdo-Chilling
Best Time to Visit: Mid-January–February
Grade: Moderate – Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu railway station
Nearest Airport: The Leh Airport
Chadar Trek

2. Kinnaur Kailash Circuit Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur Kailash Circuit Trek is one of the toughest treks in Himachal Pradesh, which is situated 5242 meters above the sea level. Being situated in the high Himalayan belt, it is considered as the highest mountain peak in Himachal Pradesh. The high altitude 11 days trek commences from Thangi village near Chail. Walking through the beautiful Charang Village, finally, you complete the trail at Manali via Tabo, Chitkul and Losar village. The main attraction of this trek is the 79 feet high and 30 – 40 feet wide Kinner Kailash Shivling with an amazing view of the Great Himalayan Mountain range showing Mt. Rangrik and Mt. Jorkandan.

Altitude: 5242 m (17200 ft)
Duration: 11 days
Route: Shimla – Kalpa – Lambar – Shurting – Charang – Lalanti – Chitkul – Shimla
Best Time to Visit: Mid-May – September
Grade: Moderate – Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Kalka railway station
Nearest Airport: Jubbarhati Airport, ShimlaKinnaur Kailash Trek

3. Stok Kangri Trek, Jammu, and Kashmir

Stok Kangri Trek is one of the highest Himalayan treks in the Ladakh region, which is perched at an altitude of 6,153 meters above the sea level. Being situated in the dreamy destination of Ladakh, the stunning Stok Kangri Trek is ideal for both novice and experienced trekkers. This high altitude trek starts from Sumdo and passes through Shang La, Shang Phu, Tokpo Rivera, Matho La and finally reaches Stok Kangri Peak. This whole trek comprises of the natural beauty of the magnificent Himalayan range and gives you a chance to grasp this beauty.

Altitude: 6,153 m
Duration: 11 days
Route: Leh – Stok Village – Chang Ma – Mankorma – Base Camp – Stok Kangri – Base Camp – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July to September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu train station
Nearest Airport: The Leh AirportStok Kangri Trek

4. Darcha – Padum Trek, Jammu, and Kashmir

If you are a trek lover and are looking for a place that is surrounded with natural beauty and untouched by you, the Darcha Padum Trek is waiting for you. Here, you will get a great combination of the lofty glacier, lilting streams, rocky canyons and beautiful mountains, which make this place a perfect paradise on earth. The Darcha-Padum Trek is commenced from Darcha in Lahaul valley and passes through places like Zanskar Sumdo, Palamo, Lakong, Chuminakpo, Purne and Ichar and, at last, Padum. It does take around 14 – 15 days to complete this trek.

Altitude: 5090 m (16699.48 ft)
Duration: 14-15 days
Route: Manali – Darcha – Palemo – Zanskar Sumdo – Chumi Napo – Shingo La (5090m) – Lakham – Kurgiak – Tetha – Purni – Ichar – Mune – Padum – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July to September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport Kullu
Darcha Trek

5. Goecha La Trek, Sikkim

If you are looking for both adventure and beauty together, then you must go for the Goecha La Trek in Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 4,940 meters above the sea level, the Goecha La Trek offers you a grand view of high mountain ranges including the Kanchenjunga and 14 other highly elevated summits. This is enough to allure any trekker. It’s considered as the highest mountain trek of Nepal. The 10 days high altitude trek starts from Yuksom and passes through the destinations like – Phedang, Tshoka, Kokchurang, Thangsing, Dzongri to Lamuney. Before planning this trek you have to take a special trekking permit from Gangtok.

Altitude: 4,940 m (16,207 ft)
Duration: 10-12 days
Route: Yuksom – Bhakim – Tshoka – Dzongri – Thangsing – Lamuney – Goecha La – Kockchurang – Tshoka – Yuksom
Best Time to Visit: Mid-March to Mid-June and September to Mid-November
Grade: Moderate to challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri railway station
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport

Goecha Trek

6. Auden’s Col Trek, Uttarakhand

Perched at an elevation of 5,490 meters above the sea level, the Auden’s Col Trek is considered as one of the toughest treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The trekking pass is named after John Bicknell Auden, who was the first to explore this trek in 1935. The trekking expedition starts from Gangotri, cuts and passes through Nala Camp, Rudugaira Base Camp, Gangotri Group Base Camp and finally reaches Auden Col Base Camp. During this trek, trekkers can explore many attractions like – Waterfall Camp, Vasuki Tal, Khatling Glacier, Chowki, Masar Tal, Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund and at last Rishikesh.

Altitude: 5490 m. (18011.81 ft)
Duration: 18 days
Route: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Nala Camp – Rudugaira Base Camp – Basecamp Gangotri Group – Auden Col base camp – Khatling Glacier – Waterfall Camp – Chowki – Masar Tal – Vasuki Tal – Kedarnath – Gaurikund – Rudraprayag – Rishikesh
Best Time to Visit: Mid-May – Mid May – Mid October except for July and August
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun

Audens Trek

7. Kalindikhal Trek, Uttarakhand

Located at an elevation of 5,946 meters above the sea level, Kalindikhal Trek is an another challenging trek in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. This 99 km long trek passes through more than 10 Himalayan glaciers like – Gangotri, Chaturangi, Raktavarna, Sweta, Sita, Basuki, Arwa, Bidum etc. It offers a breathtaking view of great peaks of Garhwal like Mt. Bhagirathi I, II, III, Mt. Vasuki, Mt. Shivling, Mt. Meru, Mt. Kalindi, Mt. Chandra Parvat, Avalanche Peak and much more.

Altitude: 5946 m (19500 ft)
Duration: 18 days
Route: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojwassa – Gomukh – Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal – Khara Pathar – Sweta Glacier – Kalindikhal Base – Kalindi Peak – Raja Parav – Arwa Tal – Ghastoli – Mana – Badrinath – Rishikesh
Best Time to Visit: Mid-June – July & August
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport DehradunKalinandi Khal Trek

8. Panpatia Col Trek, Uttarakhand

Perched at an elevation of 5,260 meters above the sea level, Panpatia Col Trek is one of the toughest treks in the Uttarakhand state, where many of the trekkers have lost their way forever. Explore the eye-catching view of magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks like Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi. It is really a great experience for trek lovers. The journey of this trek kicks from the Badrinath Shrine and passes through Nilkanth Khal via Dumkal Kharak, snout of Panpatia glacier and at last towards the Panpatia plateau.

Altitude: 5260 m. (17255 ft)
Duration: 15 days
Route: Rishikesh – Joshimath – Badrinath – Shepherd camp – Snout camp – Moraine Camp (4300m) – Base of Parvati Col – Panpatia Snowfield – Camp I – Across Panpatia Col (5260m) – Camp at Sujal Sarovar – Kachni – Nanu chatti – Ransi – Rudraprayag
Best Time to Visit: Mid-May – Mid-October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport DehradunPanpatia Col Trek

9. Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Parvati Pass Trek is one of the most challenging trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh, India. The pass is located at an elevation of 5319 meters above the sea level and requires excellent trekking skills & techniques. Pin Parvati trek is usually done during the months of July to September. Beautiful snow covered mountain peaks gives an alpine feeling and experience to remember for the lifetime. The trek is risky and full of adventure because of its high altitude. The trek expedition starts with the Kullu and straight away driving to Barsheni village.

Altitude: 5319 m (17452 ft)
Duration: 16 days
Route: Khirganga – Tunda Bhuj – Thakur Kuan – Odi Thach – Mantalai Lake – Base of Pin Parvati Pass – Campsite over Pin Pass – Tiai – Mud – Gulling – Kaza – Manali
Best Time to Visit: July – September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport
Pin Parvati Trek

10. Shivling Base Camp Trek, Uttarakhand

Shivling Base Camp Trek is one of the most stunning peak treks of the Garhwal region, which is located at an elevation of 5263 meters and is close to the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. The best time for planning this adventure trek is during the months of May to June and September to October. The trek starts from Gangotri Dham. During this trek, you will explore some popular peaks like – Bhrigu Parbat (6,000 meters), Hanuman Tibba (5,370 meters), Bhagirathi II (6,512 meters), Bhagirathi I (6,856 meters), Mt. Meru (6,400 meters) and Bhagirathi III (6,454 meters).

Altitude: 5263 m. (17263 ft)
Duration: 15 days
Route: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojwassa – Tapovan – Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal – Bhojbasa – Uttarkashi
Best Time to Visit: May – Mid October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun
Shivling Base Camp Trek

11. Bhaba Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Bhaba Pass Trek is an ideal trekking destination for those who want to experience the ethereal beauty of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is located at an elevation of 5260 metres above the sea level and connects the contrasting valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. Being one of the most adventurous treks of this region, the Bhaba Pass Trek offers you breathtaking vistas of surrounding mountain peaks with all the thrills and adventures, which will leave you spellbound and force you to stay here more. The best time for the Bhaba Pass Trek is from May and October.

Altitude: 5260 m. (17250ft)
Duration: 11 days
Route: Kafnoo – Mulling – Kara – Fustirang – Bara Bulder – Parka – Mudh
Best Time to Visit: June – Mid October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport Kullu
Bhabha Pass Trek

12. Junglam Hemis to Padum Trek, Jammu and Kashmir

Perched at an altitude of 5200 m above the sea level, Junglam Hemis trek is one of the most adventurous treks for adventure lovers. The trek starts from Hemis monastery, which is one of the richest monasteries in Ladakh. During this trek, you will explore some popular places like – Dhungri, Phay, Kongmaru La, Tso Kar, Nuruchan via Horlam La, Shingbuk La, Rachungkaru, Kartse La, Kyamuri La, Gyama, Karzok, Kiangdom, Parang La, Umlung and finally reach Kibber.

Altitude: 5200 m. (17056 ft)
Duration: 17 days
Route: Leh – Shang Sumdo – Latza Kongmaru – Kongmaru La – Langthang Chu – Zalung Kapro La – Tilat Sumdo – Char Char La – Zangla Umdo – Zangla – Padum – Rangdum Mulbekh – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July, August, and September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Jammu Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Leh Airport
Hemis Padum Trek

13. Green Lake Trek, Sikkim

The Green Lake trek in Sikkim is such a paradise for adventure lovers, which offers you a magnificent view of lofty mountains, scenic lakes, colourful meadows and dense forests. The trekking destination is still untouched and unexplored by many trekkers and also provides you the majestic view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and other beautiful peaks. Green Lake Trek starts from Green Lake, and passes through the Tallem, Jakthang, Zema, Yabuk and then finally reaches the Green Lake basecamp. The best time for planning this trek is from April and October.

Altitude: 4935 m. (16186ft)

Duration: 16 days
Route: Lachen – Talem – Jakthang – Yabuk – Green Lake – Yabuk – Jakthang
Best Time to Visit: April & October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach
Nearest Railhead: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport
Green Lake Trek

14. Bara Bhangal Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Located at an altitude of 5260 m above the sea level, Bara Bhangal Trek is one of the toughest treks of Himachal Pradesh. The trek is an awe inspiring destination for those who want to explore the remote areas of this village. It also offers a magnificent view of many beautiful peaks like Deo Tibba, Indrasan and Hanuman Tibba. The beautiful trekking route starts from Manali and passes through Lama Dugh, Kalihani, Riyali Thach, Dal Marhi, Marhi, Devi ki Marhi, Plachak, Rajgundha and, of course, Bara Bhangal.

Altitude: 5260m. (17255 ft)
Duration: 15 days
Route: Lama Dugh – Riyali Thach – Base of Kalihani Pass – Devi ki Marhi – Dal Marhi – Bara Bhangal – Marhi – Plachak
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport
Bara Bhangal Trek

15. Tso Moriri – Spiti Valley Trek Jammu and Kashmir

Located at an elevation of 4522 meters above sea level, Tso Moriri is also known as “Mori Lake”. It is one of the high altitude lake treks lying entirely within Ladakh, India. The trek to Lake Moriri is considered as an imperial trek in the Ladakh region, which offers an amazing breathtaking ambiance. The place is also an abode to numerous species of birds like Bar-Headed Geese, Great-Crested Grebe and Black-necked Cranes. The trek commences from the campsite at Kaza and traverses through Parang La via Dumla, Thaltak Meadow, Jagtha, Bonrojen, Datang Yongma, Dak Karzong and Chumik Shilde.

Altitude: 4522 m. (18372.7 ft)
Duration: 10 days
Route: Kaza — Dumla – Thaltak Meadow – Jagtha – Bonrojen – Dak Karzong – Datang Yongma – Chumik Shilde – Tso Moriri – Karzog – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July & August
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport
Tso Moriri Trek

Are you waiting to enjoy your summer vacation with your family and friends? Your answer will be a definite yes. And now, choosing the destination is the main problem for everyone; one doesn’t know where to go for a perfect holiday because there are so many destinations to confuse you. So, here, we are offering you the top most visited summer destinations of India, where you can easily explore the charm of the incredible India. The perfect destinations for those who want to feel like a royalty and experience tranquillity are :

1. Nainital

Nainital

Nestled in the middle of the foothills of the Himalayas, the queen of lakes, Nainital is a perfect getaway for those who love to explore a perfect combination of hills, lakes, and temples. Perched at an altitude of 2,084 meters above the sea level, the hill station offers you a magnificent view of its surroundings. Boating on the lake is the main charm of this place. Except for this, one can also enjoy here snowfall between the months of December and February. People can also go for some popular sightseeing in Nainital including Naina Devi Temple, Cave Garden, Zoo, Mall Road, Snow View Point, Hanuman Garhi Temple, Tiffin Top and Appu Ghar.

2. Rishikesh

Rishikesh is one of the best summer holiday destinations in Uttarakhand. It is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and offers you a calm and tranquil atmosphere, where you can spend quality time with your family and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Rishikesh is also a popular destination for adventure lovers, where they can enjoy an array of heart beating adventure thrills like – white water rafting, kayaking, cliff jumping, rock climbing, rappelling, jungle trekking, flying fox, bungee jumping and much more. Apart from this, Rishikesh is also well-known for being the Yoga Capital of the world. Every year, many tourists visit this place and experience the specialty of this beautiful destination. If you also want to enjoy all this, then you must visit this place to make your summer holidays memorable.

3. Ranikhet

Ranikhet

Perched at an elevation of 1,869 meters above sea level, the queen of meadows, Ranikhet is a very beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand, India. Surrounded by the lush green forests of pine, oak, and deodar, the charming hill station offers you a density of wildlife and also, it is a perfect summer getaway. If you want to get rid of your hectic schedule and want some refreshment in the laps of verdant meadows, this is the best option for you and your family.

3. Almora

Almora

Observing the beauty of this charming hill station with a panoramic view of the Himalayas is a great option for hill stations lovers. Being surrounded by dense oak and pine forests, Almora is a beautiful hill station, which offers you picturesque landscapes with lush green mountain ranges to attract a number of tourists. Apart from this, tourists can also visit here some other popular sightseeing sites like Banari Devi Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Shayahi Devi Temple, Sun Temple and Katarnal.

5. Kashmir

Kashmir

Kashmir is a piece of paradise, where nature, beauty and sun surf together and offers a perfect blend for families, who are looking out to spend some leisure time amidst nature. There are four great destinations, where you can spend some leisure time during holidays in Kashmir: Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, and Srinagar. People can also enjoy here river rafting in Lidder River and skiing in Aru Valley. A popular charm of Gulmarg is the cable car ride from Kangdoori and Apparwath Peak.In Sonmarg, you can experience activities like camping, fishing and trekking. Besides these, you can also go for some sightseeing including Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Garden, Chashma-e-Shahi Garden, Hari Parbat Fort and Hazratbal Shrine.

6. Ladakh

Ladakh

Ladakh is a perfect holiday destination in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and is popular for its scenic mountainous beauty and culture in the world. Aksai Chin is one of the controversial border areas between China and India. If someone is looking for a family holiday destination, then Ladakh is the best destination for them. There are so many sightseeing places, where you can visit and capture your memories, like Shanti Stupa, 800-year-old Kali Mandir, 17th Century Leh Palace and Thiksey & Hemis Monasteries.

7. Manali

Manali

Situated in the beautiful green Beas River Valley at an elevation of 2,050 meters above sea level, Manali is a charming hill station surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayan peaks. The hill station is a paradise for adventurers and honeymooners, who visit here to hang out amidst the mountains. Manali offers you an array of adventure activities including trekking, rafting, climbing, and skiing. Besides these, you can also enjoy sightseeing at places here like Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Village, Naggar, Rohtang Pass and Rahala Falls.

8. Shimla

Shimla

If you want to spend an ideal summer holiday with your family and friends, then Shimla is a perfect destination for you, where you can experience a perfect blend of natural beauty with lush green Himalayan peaks. The hill station is popular for its buildings, that are styled in the Tudorbethan and Neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era, as well as temples and churches, which are enough to attract a large number of tourists. The major attractions of this place are the Jakhoo Temple, the Mall Road, the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church and the Ridge. The Kalka-Shimla Railway line is another popular attraction of Shimla, which is also mentioned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9. Dharamshala

Dharamshala

Located in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley, at an elevation of 1457 meters, Dharamshala is a beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh, which is overloaded with so many natural treasures like snow-capped mountains, lush green surroundings and crystal clear riverines. The hill station is covered by dense deodar forests, which offer you an ideal place to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at the heaven of earth. You can explore here some sightseeing sites including Dal Lake, Kangra Valley, Namgyal Monastery, Kareri Lake, H H Dalai Lama’s Main Temple, Tibet Museum and State Museum.

10. Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Perched at an elevation of 6,700 ft above sea level, Darjeeling is a charming hill station located in the lower regions of the Himalayas in West Bengal, India. Surrounded by lush green tea gardens, the hill stations offer you an amazing view of Kanchenjunga, which is the world’s third-highest (28,209 ft) mountain peak. Enjoying the Toy Train ride in the hills of Darjeeling is a unique experience for the tourists. Apart from this, you can also visit here Dali Monastery, Tamang Ghumba Monastery, Ghoom and Aloobari Monastery. The major attractions of this place are Japanese Peace Pagoda, Ava Art Gallery, Batasia Loop and the War Memorial, Scrubbery Park, Botanical Garden, Red Panda Breeding Farm and Dhirdham Temple.

11. Mussoorie

Kempty Fall

The “Queen of Hills”, Mussoorie is a perfect summer holiday destination for those who want to spend some quality time with their family and friends in the midst of tranquillity. Being situated at an average altitude of 1,880 meters above sea level, Mussoorie is blessed with lush green surroundings and a variety of flora and fauna. You can enjoy here the cable car ride including the Gun Hill on the way and the panoramic view of Mussoorie. Apart from these, you can go for a long walk on Mall Road, which is a famous shopping market, from where you can buy some gifts for your dear ones. Some other special attractions of Mussoorie are Mussoorie Lake, Kempty Falls, Municipal Garden, Bhatta Falls, Jharipani Falls, Sir George Everest’s House and Nag Devta Temple.

12. Mahabaleshwar

Mahableshwar

Blessed with a lush green environment and located at an average elevation of 1,353 meters above to sea level, Mahabaleshwar is an idyllic summer retreat for those want to spend golden time with their family and friends. The beautiful tiny hill station is always surrounded by evergreen forests and is famed for its strawberries in the country. There are so many things about this place that attracts a number of tourists from all over India. Mahabaleshwar offers you several natural wonders and visiting places, such as Venna Lake, Pratapgad, Mapro Garden, Wilson Point, Dhobi Waterfall and Chinaman Waterfall.

13. Ooty

Ooty

Considered as the queen of hills in Southern India, Ooty is a beautiful summer capital located in the Nilgiri Hills. This popular hill station is a perfect getaway to enjoy with family and friends. The beauty of this quiet place attracts a number of tourists and offers the chance to experience the eye-catching beauty of the nearby places. Here, you can visit so many popular attractions like Botanical Garden, Deer Park, Lake Park, Kalhatty Falls, Doddabetta and Pykara Lake. Besides these, you can also enjoy here some interesting activities including snooker, golf, trekking, fishing and horse riding. If you really want to go out with your family for summer holidays, then you must think of this charming hill station.

14. Wayanad

Wayanad

Wayanad is a beautiful picturesque hill station in Southern India, which is located at a height of 700 meters to 2100 meters above the sea level. It offers you a chance to explore a perfect blend of culture, tradition, and history of this place. The lush green surroundings, breathtaking weather, and mind-blowing landscapes will make you fall in love with Wayanad. Besides its natural beauty, you can also explore here some popular sightseeing places like Thirunelly Temple, Pookot Lake, Pakshipathalam, Pazhassi Raja Tomb and Edakkal Caves. Wayanad is also packed with so many waterfalls like Sentinel Rocks Waterfalls, Soochippara Waterfalls, and Kanthanpara Waterfalls, which are enough to make it a perfect summer capital, where you can visit with your family and relax in the laps of nature.

15. Shillong

Shillong

Perched at an elevation of 4,908 feet above the sea level, Shillong is a beautiful tiny hill station in Meghalaya and is also known as “The Abode of Clouds”. Beautiful lush green surroundings, clear blue sky and fresh mountain air will really captivate your heart beats and force you to visit here again. If you visit here with your family, then don’t miss out on places like Lady Hydari Park, Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls, Ward’s Lake, Elephant Falls, Jakrem, Ranikor, Sohpetbneng Peak and Dawki.

16. Munnar

Munnar

If you want to spend your summer holidays in the midst of lush green tea gardens and rolling hills, then Munnar is waiting for you. This charming hill station offers you a perfect environment to enjoy a pleasant holiday experience with your family in Munnar. Being situated at an altitude of 1,600 meters above the sea level, the hill station is blessed with sprawling lands of tea, coffee, and cardamom. Apart from this, you can also go for some sightseeing to sites like Sita Devi Lake, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, Attukal Waterfalls, Devikulam and Munnar Tea Museum.

The year 2017 is welcoming you with an ample of travel opportunities. Even I have to say that it is a lucky year for travelers. Since the year 2017 offers you so many long weekends throughout the year, hence now you can plan your holiday trips in advance and enjoy with your family & friends for relaxation. As we all know that the last year 2016 was not good for travelers, because of the lack of holidays and weekends. But now you all must not worry because 2017 has a bunch of long weekends, where you can plan your weekend trips in advance.

1. Long Weekend – January

Dharamshala

If you love to explore a hill station and want to enjoy snowfall in chilly winters, this is a perfect weekend for you. Make the most of the last weekend of January by traveling to most popular winter destinations like Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Gulmarg, Auli and many other hill stations. Apart from hill stations, you can also visit Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Gujrat, Corbett National Park, Goa and many more places. So don’t waste your long weekend, make your plans and get yourself ready to go aboard.

  • Thu, 26 Jan: Republic Day
  • Fri, 27 Jan: Take leave
  • Sat, 28 Jan
  • Sun, 29 Jan

2. Long Weekend – February

Manali

February is the month of love when all the couples wait for a perfect long weekend to celebrate this Valentine month with their partners. The month of February offers you so many charming places where you can spend your golden time and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. If you love to visit off beat destinations, then you can visit Himachal Pradesh.  Apart from this, you can go to Agra, Goa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and some other popular off shore destinations. So don’t forget to celebrate your love month, just plan your trip and go ahead.

  • Fri, 24 Feb: Mahashivratri
  • Sat, 25 Feb
  • Sun, 26 Feb

3. Long Weekend – March

Coorg

March is the perfect time to travel in India and explore the beauty of nature with its beautiful surroundings. Make your long weekend of March the most memorable one by visiting a destination like Coorg to enjoy the beauty of blooming white coffee flowers. You can make the enjoyment double by making your trip on the occasion of Holi festival by visiting Mathura or Vrindavan. Both the destinations are very popular for Holi celebration. Apart from this, Barsaane in Uttar Pradesh is also popular for Lath Mar Holi or Shantiniketan in West Bengal.

  • Sat, 11 Feb
  • Sun,12 Feb
  •  Mon, 13 Feb: Holi

4. Long Weekend – April

River Rafting

If you are planning for this long weekend trip, then it’s a good decision for you because you have so many opportunities to explore in India. In the month of April, you can plan to visit Srinagar, a perfect place to celebrate holidays in the midst of the colorful Tulip Garden, which is a popular flower found in Srinagar. Besides this, you can also explore the breathtaking hill stations of Uttarakhand, Manali, Coorg, Gangtok, Dharamshala, Darjeeling, Kanyakumari, Mussoorie, Shillong and some other popular destinations. If you like to do some adventure thrill, then this is the best time for river rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh.

  •  Sat, 1 Apr
  •  Sun, 2 Apr
  •  Mon, 3 Apr: Take a Leave
  •  Tue, 4 Apr: Ram Navami
  • Fri, 14 Apr: Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti, Good Friday
  • Sat, 15 Apr
  • Sun, 16 Apr: Easter

5.Long Weekend – June

Nainital

The month of June is a perfect time for summer holidays in India. So, beat the heat and go for a planning of your monsoon weekend trip to the charming hill stations in India. There is a bunch of popular hill stations, where you can go with your family and experience the charm of nature. Leh Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Nainital, Gangtok and Mount Abu are there, to name of few.

Except for these holidays, there is this big occasion of Eid, which has its own charm. Especially when it’s celebrated in its own popular place like Lucknow. The aroma of specially prepared dishes can make you forget everything and just think about it.

  •  Sat, 24 Jun
  •  Sun, 25 Jun
  •  Mon, 26 Jun: Ramzan Eid

6.Long Weekend – October

Corbett National Park

As we all know, October is a refreshing time for every traveller after the monsoon break, so everybody gets excited and waits for their next trip after this long break. October is the best time for wildlife and nature exploration, because this is the time when the wildlife enthusiasts can get the chance of the best wildlife sighting in the midst of lush green forests. So, you can go for a visit to any national park like Jim Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Kanha National Park and Gujarat National Park. Other than wildlife tour, you can also plan for trekking and a visit to hill stations, where you can relax in the laps of nature and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

  •  Sat, 30 Sep
  •  Sun, 1 Oct
  •  Mon, 2 Oct: Gandhi Jayanti

Besides all these, October brings so many reasons to celebrate and enjoy, because it is a month of important Indian festivals and nobody wants to miss them. The month of festivals brings families together to celebrate Diwali at home. If your budget allows you, then you must try to cover 4-5 places in this weekend. Because nobody knows when this kind of long weekend comes again.

  • Wed, 18 Oct: Diwali
  •  Thu, 19 Oct: Balipratipada
  •  Fri, 20 Oct: Bhaiduj
  •  Sat, 21 Oct
  •  Sun, 22 Oct

7.Long Weekend – December

Kerala

The last month of the year 2017 ends with spark and also gives you the opportunities to celebrate this month. So, don’t miss the chance and just plan your trip to any heritage or wildlife destination, hill stations or go for any adventure because the month of December allows you to travel anywhere in the country. The places you can visit in December are Konark Odisha, Patnitop (J & K), Ranthambore, Karnataka, Kerala, Kaziranga National Park, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Gujrat and Rajasthan.

  • Fri, 1 Dec: Eid-e-Milad
  •  Sat, 2 Dec
  •  Sun, 2 Dec

It’s time to wander around every corner and spread your happiness with everyone in last month of the year. The long weekend of Christmas can be a superb holiday of the year, if you plan a visit to any hill station and get the chance of snowfall, that would be really an amazing part of your Christmas celebration. As we can see 2017 offers us lots of long weekends for traveling, we have a responsibility to be happy and celebrate our life’s moments.

  •  Sat, 23 Dec
  •  Sun, 24 Dec
  •  Mon, 25 Dec: Christmas

Badrinath Dham Temple

There is a good news for devotees that, on the occasion of Vasant Panchami, the official date of the starting of Badrinath Yatra 2017 was declared from the Narendranagar Raj Mahal by Tehri royal family posterity Manabendra Shah. According to the announcement, the opening day of the pious shrine has been fixed as 6th May, 2017. The date is decided by the priest of the temple, Krishna Prashad. After the opening of the entrance to Badrinath-Kedarnath, which  remains closed for nearly six months in the winter, will also be open for the devotees after the performance of the mandatory rituals at 4:15 a.m. Also, the dates of Gaadu Ghada Tel Kalash were announced, which is likely to start from the month of April.

About Trekking in North India

Discover the perfect trekking destinations in India and immerse yourself in the adventure. If you really love to trek in hill stations, then India is a perfect place for you. Here, you will not only explore trekking but also enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of the surroundings. India offers you a chance to explore trekking in the different regions of the country, which is a great chance to go deeper and understand the actual beauty of this region. So, just pack your bags and move ahead to visit these popular trekking destinations.

Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal

If you are a trek and hike enthusiast and haven’t done the Roopkund trek, then you must plan for it immediately. The trek offers you unique experiences, from lush green forests to sparkling rivers and lakes. It takes you through the most beautiful places in the Himalayan region. Lohajung is the starting point of this trek and it will take around 8 days to complete this trek. During this trek, you will also enjoy a magnificent view of Skeleton Lake, Roopkund and a breathtaking view of majestic mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba & Trishul and Rudugaira with lush green meadows of Bedini and Ali.

Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 08 Days (5 days trekking and 3 days traveling)
Best Season: Mid May – Mid October
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 5029 m.
Total Trekking: 60 K.M

Har Ki Doon Trek, Uttarakhand

Har Ki Doon trek is one of the most popular stunning treks of Uttarakhand, which is an ideal pick for an amateur. The extravagant 9 days Har Ki Doon trek is nestled in the midst of dense alpine forests on the base of Fateh Parvat at the height of 3556 m, which offers you verdant alpine meadows and stunning greeneries with the snow-capped mountain ranges. The highly recommended nine days long Har Ki Doon trek starts from Sankri village which is blessed with nature’s delights. The valley is rich in a variety of flora & fauna and is also a paradise for nature lovers as well bird watchers.

Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 9 Days (7 days trekking and 2 days travel)
Best Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov
Grade: Easy
Altitude: 3600m
Total Trekking: 64 K.M

Milam Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand

Milam Glacier Trek is one of the perfect trekking options for those who want to walk on the glaciers, crossing through the dense forests, gazing up at a clear starry sky and enjoying the natural environment which makes your adventure vacation memorable for the lifetime. Located at a height of 4,268 meters above the sea level, the Milam Glacier Trek starts from the base camp Munsiyari, a tiny village which is 300 km away from Kathgodam. The trekking trail offers you breathtaking views of Hardeol, Deo Damla (6,637 m), Mangraon (6,568 m) and Sakram (6,254 m), which are enough for this trekking trip.

Area: Kumaon Himalaya
Duration: 13 days (4 days traveling/9 days trekking)
Best Season: April – June & Sept – Oct
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 4150 mts/13612 ft
Total Trekking: 116 K.M

Pindari Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand

Pindari Glacier Trek of Kumaon region is a must-to-visit destination for trekking enthusiasts. If you want to complete your trekking record in India, then never miss this trekking trail that heartily welcomes you anytime between summer and early winter. The trek to Pindari Glacier is a wonderful trekking trail that offers you magnificent snow capped glaciers, mesmerizing landscapes, rocky terrains and dense forest trail. The trekking trail starts from Loharkhet, a tiny hamlet of Kumaon region which is 20 km far from Bageshwar district. The trekking trail passes through a series of picturesque places like Dwali, Dhakuri and Phurkia with lush green forest trail.

Area: Kumaon Himalaya
Duration: 10 Days (4 days traveling/6 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid April – Mid October
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 4150 mts/13612 ft
Total Trekking: 110 K.M

Kafni Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand

Located at the highest and the most breathtaking area of the Kumaon Himalayas, Kafni Glacier provides an amazing trekking trail for the adventure junkies. The scenic beauty of this place is very heartwarming which includes snow covered mountains peaks, remote villages and a crystal clear river to captivate your heart. It is the only trek leading from Uttarakhand that offers you the chance to enjoy camping on verdant grasslands. The trek starts from Song and crosses Khatri, Loharkhet, Phurkia, Dwali and at last reaches Kafni Glacier. On the way of this trek, you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pindari Glacier, sparkling rivers, beautiful waterfalls and lush green meadows with blooming wildflowers. Trekkers can also be the witness of a breathtaking view of the Nandakot (6860 m) and Nanda Bhanar (6236 m) from the Kafni Glacier.

Area: Kumaon Himalaya
Duration: 11 Days (4 days traveling/7 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid April – Mid October
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 4150 mts/13612 ft
Total Trekking: 85 K.M

Kauri Pass Trek, Garhwal

Kauri Pass Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Indian Himalayan region, which is located in the Garhwal Himalayas. The enchanting trek passes through the lush green dense forests of oak, alpine, conifer and rhododendron. You can also explore a variety of wild animals and birds including leopards and black bears. Throughout this trek, you will explore an eye-catching view of high mountain ranges including Trishul at 7,120 m, Kedarnath at 6,968 m, Neelkanth at 6,596 m, Kamet’s pyramid of granite at 7,756 m and Nanda Devi at 7,740 m. The Kuari Pass trek starts from Selu Bagar and takes around 9 days to complete this trek.

Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 9 Days (6 days trekking and 3 days traveling)
Best Season: Mid-April – November
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 4150 m
Total Trekking: 55 K.M

Hampta Pass Trek, Manali

Hampta Pass Trek in Manali is an ideal trekking destination for those who love to explore mountains and want to experience adventure in the laps of the Himalayas. Perched at an elevation of 14000 feet above mean sea level, the trek is perfect for experienced as well as amateur mountaineers. The extravagant trek starts from the scenic spot of Manali and takes you through amazing places and deep forests of Oak, Pine, and Rhododendron. The Hampta River also serves as a bridge for the natives of Hampta to reach Lahaul and Spiti Valley. The Hampta Pass Trek starts from the Prini Village, then goes uphill and offers the splendid beauty of lush green landscapes with panorama view of the misty mountains.

Area: Kullu and Spiti Valley (Himachal Pradesh)
Duration: 9 Days (4 days traveling and 5 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid-June to October
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 4227 m/14600 ft
Total Trekking: 50 K.M

Valley of Flowers Trekking, Uttaranchal

Perched at an elevation of 3300 m to 3650 m above sea level, the beautiful valley is a paradise for nature lovers. Valley of Flowers trek starts from the Bhuindhar village, which covers around a 87 square km area. The valley blooms with the heavy collection of wildflower species from June, to till early September. Here, you can explore about 520 species of flowering plants and it’s also declared as a National Park in 1982. The Valley of Flowers trek starts from Ghangaria to high mountain ranges at a height of 43,00 meters. During this trek, you will explore some popular pilgrimage sites like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Joshimath and Hemkund Sahib and also enjoy snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows, murmuring waterfalls and numerous colorful wildflowers.

Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 07 Days
Best Season: Late June to Early September
Grade: Moderate
Max-Altitude: 4328 Mts
Total Trekking: 50 K.M

Great Lakes Trek, Jammu & Kashmir

Great Lakes Trek in Kashmir is a trek in North India which leaves you spellbound. The beautiful place will definitely force you to go for this trek in the midst of charming beauty. One of the most popular places of this state, Srinagar, the summer capital of North India, captivates your mind with its mind blowing flower gardens, lakes, and houseboats. During this trek, you will explore beautiful snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows, rocky terrains and crystal clear rivers, which are enough to complete a perfect trekking experience.

Area: Kashmir
Duration: 08 Days
Best Season: July to September
Grade: Moderate
Max-Altitude: 13,750 fit
Total Trekking: 63 K.M

Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Considered as the most thrilling and challenging trekking trail in Himachal Pradesh, Pin Parvati Pass Trek, to the Spiti Valley, is the most popular trek in North India. Perched at an altitude of 5,319 meters above the sea level, it offers you beautiful views of magnificent mountains, sparkling rivers, high gradients and beautiful passes. The 100 km high trek is perfect for checking your energy level and boost up yourself. The trek starts from the beautiful location of Manali and passes through some scenic locations including Barsheni, Manikaran, Tunda Bhuj, Thakur Kuan, Odi Thach and Mantalai. This 16 days trek is a peerless adventure opportunity for all the trekking lovers who want to relax in the midst of picturesque panorama of mother nature.

Area: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 16 Days
Best Season: July – September
Grade :Tough
Altitude: 5319 m/17452 ft
Total Trekking: 108 K.M

Bhrigu Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Bhrigu Lake Trek in Himachal Pradesh gets you the opportunity to explore the endless beauty of this region. Combined with the stunning view of snow capped mountains, amazing natural beauty, and verdant meadows, the Bhrigu Lake trek is the most popular trekking trail of Himachal Pradesh amongst trek and nature lovers. Located at an elevation of 14000 ft above sea level, the Bhrigu Lake Trek starts from Gulaba, which is a small village of this region, and passes through dense lush green forest trails, blooming fruit orchards, picturesque villages and the popular Vashisht village. Considered as the most beautiful trek of Manali region, the Bhrigu Lake trek provides you an unexpected satisfaction and bliss during this trek.

Area: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 08 Days
Best Season: Mid May – October
Grade: Easy
Altitude: 4235m/13890 ft
Total Trekking: 48 K.M

Indrahar Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Packed with beautiful lakes, verdant forests, sparkling rivers and mesmerizing landscapes, the Indrahar Pass Trek in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular treks in India, that captivates several travelers’ hearts from all over the country and they are forced to attend this trekking trail once in a lifetime. Perched at a towering height of 4,342 meters above the sea level, the Indrahar Pass Trek starts from the border between Kangra and Chamba districts, which is a part of a very popular trekking trail from Dharamshala, and offers an amazing glimpse of the tiny village and the beautiful lakes Mankiani & Kareri. The perfect time to visit this place for trekkers is between April to October.

Area: Dhauladhar, Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 09 Days
Best Season: April to October
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 4375mts/14245 ft
Total Trekking: 35 K.M

Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand

If you want to keep away from the glamour of the city life, then you must hide yourself in the laps of the calm Mother Nature. Yes, here we are talking about the beautiful valley of Chopta, which is the most beautiful and scenic place of the country. Located at a height of 2,680 meters above sea level, it is situated in the midst of a lush green forest of oak, deodar, and rhododendron. The mesmerising 5 days Chandrashila Summit Trek passes through lush green meadows and offers you an enchanting view of some popular Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi at 7,817 meters, Kedarnath at 6,831 meters, Trishul at 7,120 meters, Bandarpunch at 6,316 meters and Chaukhamba at 7,138 meters.

Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 05 Days
Best Season: Round the Year
Grade: Easy
Altitude: 4090 m
Total Trekking: 30 K.M

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in Uttarakhand, which is located at the end of the eastern Kumaon region. Located at a height of 4,260 meters above sea level, it is the best option for short trekkers and the best season for this trek is between mid April to mid October. Almora is the starting point for the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek and the trek passes through Dharchula, Sobla, Tawaghat, Dhar, Sela, Duktu and Balling. While crossing this trekking trail, you will explore the eye-catching view of Panchachuli glacier and splendid views of Darma Valley, Alpine meadows, snow capped misty mountains and a heavy range of flora and fauna.

Area: Kumaon Himalaya
Duration: 12 Days (4 days traveling/8 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid April – Mid October
Grade: Moderate
Altitude: 4260 mts/13975 ft
Total Trekking: 110 K.M

Adventure Activities Rishikesh

It’s true that adventure never comes from outside, it’s born with a man. if you really want to explore adventure at its deepest, there are rich opportunities in Rishikesh. Spellbound with majestic peaks and mountains, captivating rivers, challenging terrains and other natural wonders, Rishikesh is an array of adventure thrill in the world. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, mighty rivers and dense forests, Rishikesh is the perfect geographical location for all types of adventure activities. Here is a list of adventure sports that would help you to select the one which is best for you.

1. Camping

Camping is a recreational activity and a part of Rishikesh’s adventurous sports. Camping offers you night stay facility amidst the natural beauty and foothills of the Himalayas, which gives you an amazing feeling. Camping also gives you the enjoyment of so many fun-filled outdoor games like volleyball, football, badminton and bonfire which are enough to enhance your camping trip at Rishikesh. Tents are well decorated with basic facilities to provide you a homely stay and each tent can have two beds. The camps also serve you hot delicious food, that is cooked in their own kitchen. For all those people who heartily love thrill and adventure, it is an opportunity they would not like to miss.

2. River Rafting

If you are getting bored with your slug life, then you must do something sparkly, which kicks your life and makes you more burly. River rafting in Rishikesh is one of the perfect adventure thrills for both experienced ones and amateurs. Here, you will face all kinds of challenges in front of the rugged river, from mild bumps to extreme turbulence, from short to scrap falls, rocky mountains and shining blue water with the feeling of freshness in the midst of natural environment. There are five levels of grades lying between 1 to 5. You can select the grade according to your challenging strength. The stretch between Kaudiyala to Shivpuri is the most adventurous and popular.

The requirement for Rafting:
Best Season: March – April – May and late September – October to Mid November.
Age Limit: Minimum 12 years and Maximum 65
Weight Limit: Minimum 40 kg.

3. Kayaking

If you are visiting Rishikesh for white water rafting, that’s great but, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the kayaking activity. It is a very adventurous water sport activity done in Rishikesh. If you want to enjoy the river and its scenic beauty, then a guided kayaking tour is one of the best options. The River Ganges offers you a number of great rapids to commence on a Kayaking expedition. You can select a rapid according to your physical strength.

4. Cliff Jumping

Cliff jumping is also as amazing as the other adventure activities. Jumping into the river from a height of 35 ft is just an awesome thrill for those who are real adventure enthusiasts. Get ready for some adrenaline pumping action as you climb up to a cliff and get yourself prepared to jump off. It is very safe and the best thing is that it is also safer for non-swimmers. You will be wearing a life jacket to keep yourself afloat on the water. So, be ready to make your trip memorable for many, many years to come.

Some Detail for Bungee Jumping

Cliff Height: 35 ft.

5. Bungee Jumping

Can you listen to your heart beats, while having a jump from a height of 83 meters above the sea level? Yes, it is true that there is an another heart beating adventure thrill called Bungee Jumping, operated by Jumping Heights in Rishikesh with the team of New Zealand. The activity is done with all kinds of safety gears including chest harness, tested ropes and all the activities are performed under the supervision of experts. If you are one of those who live their life without fear, you must do this adventure thrill.

After doing this heart beating thrill, the jumpers will have to drop into the river (drop zone) which is only 2 feet in water level. But don’t forget to collect your dare to jump Certificate, photographs & video, which is as important as this memorable moment.

Some Detail for Bungee Jumping
Weight: Minimum 40kg and Maximum 110kg.
Age Limit: Minimum 12 years
Timing: 8:20 Am. – 6:30 Pm.
Weekly Off: Tuesday
Location: Mohanchatti

6. Cycling

Traveling in Uttarakhand on a cycle through the landscapes is the ultimate option of exploring the beauty of Uttarakhand. The rugged mountains and sharp slopes, though risky at times, offer a great cycling experience in Uttarakhand. Use the slow mode of traveling and feel the refreshing wind blowing through your ears and enjoy the freedom to discover and experience Uttarakhand in an incredible and a different way.

7. Rappelling

Don’t forget to experience this interesting activity and string sport called rappelling. Climbing down a cliff in the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh is a lot of fun. This activity is done under the guidance of experts, who will provide you rappelling equipments like gloves, harness, slings, ropes, and helmet. Before starting of activity, you can have an introductory session with the expert climbers and instructors. The adventure activity can be enjoyed by all (men, women, and kids), who are physically fit and have the stamina to challenge the cliffs.

8. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is also a popular adventure activity in Rishikesh. Across many districts of Uttarakhand, about 8 miles from the beautiful city of Rishikesh, this is perfect for those who want to ride over the rough terrain and test their skills. In this adventure, you will ride bicycles passing through lush green forest valleys, Hindu Colony, temples and mountain villages. It is an outstanding experience, which you will cherish for a lifetime. Paddling through the hills with a heart-warming sunset view and snowy peaks of the Himalayas will be a great experience for you. But you have to have a good stamina for this adventure activity.

9. Waterfall Trekking

It is really very exciting, trekking around nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Rishikesh city is situated in a region surrounded by a very famous forest reserve : The Rajaji National Park. There are many hidden waterfall trekking areas in this National Park. This activity can be done by all age groups. If you want to add some spice to your adventure tour, then you must do this trekking activity.

10. Yoga

Rishikesh is a world famous destination for “Yoga and Meditation” in the foothills of Himalayas. There are many yoga centers and ashrams to do yoga and meditation in Rishikesh. Experience yoga around the riverside beaches and regenerate your mind, body and soul with a new aura. The yoga sessions help you with many things like motivation, mental peace, stress and health problems. Numerous people visit here from across the world for their conscience development and they leave this place after a long time. There are some popular yoga places like Parmarth Niketan, Swami Dayananda Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan and Anand Prakash Ashram.

11. Beach Volleyball

If you want to spend some quality time with your friends or family and get together, then it is a good option to play Volleyball near the camp site. You will surely enjoy this activity on the soft sandy natural floor. It also works as an exercise to check your stamina level. This activity is for all those who want to play in the midst of peaceful environment. So, plan your trip to Rishikesh and you will definitely find it amazing and exciting.

12. Flying Fox

If you have ever wished to fly in the sky, but you never got the chance to try it, so now you should be happy because Rishikesh, the “Land of Adventure”, is offering you a chance to enjoy one of the most exciting activities – “Flying Fox”. The adventure thrill can be done by three or one person at a time. You are harnessed to the wire and released by gravity, rolled down up to 7 meters above the sea level and accelerated with the speed of 160 kph. It is a really great thrilling experience, which can’t be forgotten in a lifetime.

Some Details of Flying Fox
Flying Fox height: Approx 120 meters.
Length: 1km.
Speed: Up to 160 kph

13. Swing

It is an another thrilling experience for adventure lovers, which is called Swing. This exhilarating adventure, done by 2 people, is carried out from bungee jumping point with the height of 83 meters. If you want to check your body strength, then you must do this adventure. After doing this activity you can also take your photographs and DVD for your future memories.

Requirements for Swing
Age: Minimum – 12 yrs
Weight: Minimum – 30 kg, Maximum – 120 kg.

If you are planning for long holidays and also love to enjoy camping, rafting, trekking and other adventure sports, you must visit Uttarakhand, this summer. Yes, summer is the perfect time to plan your long holidays in Uttarakhand and explore a new off-beat destination. Uttarakhand offers you an array of opportunities to enjoy in the midst of the lush green forests, rich wildlife and mind blowing mountains. Just pack your bags and go ahead to visit Uttarakhand to enjoy the adventure and make your trip mesmerizing

Mentioned below are the top 10 summer camping destinations where you can spend your holidays in a hustle free environment.

1. Rishikesh

Rishikesh is an ideal place for summer camping in Uttarakhand, which offers you a chance to experience camping on the banks of river Ganges. Just imagine how exciting and fun it would be when you get a chance to stay in camps on a white sand beach with your family and friends. During camping, you can enjoy some other adventure activities according to your choice like rafting, body surfing, cliff jump, rappelling, bungee jumping and flying fox. Bonfire at night and camp’s own cooked delicious food can add an extra spice to your camping trip.

2. Sattal

Nestled in the heart of the Uttarakhand Valley, a cluster of seven lakes, Sattal is considered as a perfect summer destination where you can go with your family and enjoy the camping stay in the midst of lush green rolling mountains. The picturesque location also offers you a tranquil and peaceful environment to stay, where you can relax your mind, body and soul. Apart from this, if you are interested, you can go for hiking and bird watching. If you are lucky, you may sight a Barking Deer grazing in the forest.

3. Pangot

Located at a place 13 km from the Lake city of Nainital, Pangot is an another summer camping spot for camp lovers. The main attraction of this place is the birds found here, one can also call it a bird watchers’ paradise, where you can find 580 species of birds. Being blessed with the pristine natural beauty and salubrious climate in summer, the place is a perfect option for summer holidays. During camping, you can also go for bird watching and trekking. While trekking, you may get a chance to spot some wild animals like Barking Deer, Ghoral and Sambhar.

4. Kanatal

Located around 38 km away from Mussoorie, Kanatal is a tiny village, which is a perfect choice for an outdoor camp stay in Uttarakhand. Being located at an altitude of 2590 meter above the sea level, the hill station is blessed with rich verdant forests with a variety of multi-colored flowers and fruit trees. The hill station is situated away from the hustle-bustle of the city and provides you a very quiet and peaceful ambiance, so you can also practice yoga, go for trekking or nature walks.

5. Deoria Tal

Considered as one of the most ideal destinations for adventure lovers, Deoria Tal is located around 3 km on the uphill trek from the Sari Village. The beautiful hill station is perched at an elevation of 2438 meter above the sea level and offers you a perfect summer camping. Enjoying camping in the midst of crystal clear lake, lush green surroundings, and snow clad mountains is an amazing experience. Apart from camping, trekking is also a charm of this place, which is the best way to explore the beauty of Deoria Tal.

6. Chopta

Chopta is one of the most popular camping destinations in India, which is a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and also the base for trek trail to Tungnath. The unspoiled beauty of this charming hill station offers the view of the eye-catching Himalayan ranges including Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Trishul. During camping, one can head out for some interesting treks like Chandrashila, Tungnath, Deoria Tal and Dodi Tal. Whenever you visit Chopta for summer camping, don’t miss the chance to go for trekking, to complete your holidays in Chopta.

7. Dhanaulti

Located at an elevation of 2886 meters above the sea level, Dhanaulti is an another popular destination for adventure seekers. This beautiful tiny hill station is surrounded by lush green oak and rhododendron forests, which provide a perfect environment for summer camping. The peaceful environment of this hill station offers you an ideal place for relaxation in the laps of Mother Nature. During camping, you can also opt for yoga practicing, if you are interested.

8. Chaukori

A lesser known destination of Uttarakhand, Chaukori is situated 36 kms away from Gangolihat and 53 kms from Bageshwar. This beautiful hamlet is perched at an elevation of 2010 meters above the sea level with magnificent views of the snowy peaks of Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, and Nanda Kot peaks. If you are looking for a new destination for camping in hill stations, Chaukori can be a perfect option for you. It might be a good chance to explore the magnificent beauty of a new destination and an opportunity to be the witness of beautiful sunrise and sunset at Uttarakhand.

9. Tons Valley

Perched at an elevation of 3000 meters above sea level in the valley of Uttarakhand, Tons Valley is one of the most fun-filled camping destinations for camp lovers. This valley can be visited by everyone, families, friends. Apart from camping, people, here, can also experience rafting, trekking, light nature walk, angling and birding. The beautiful valley is surrounded by dense forests of pine, deodar, oak, jamun, chestnut and rhododendron.

10. Dayra Bugyal

Just imagine yourself at an elevation of 3048 meters above sea level, at a location set in a beautiful lush green meadow in front of the enchanting Himalayan ranges. Now, convert your imagination into reality by going on camping to Dayara Bugyal. Yes, it is true that Dayara Bugyal is amongst the best places to go for camping in Uttarakhand. Besides camping, trekking is also the main charm of this place and it is believed that most of the trekkers announce Dayara Bugyal as one of the best meadows in India. A small lake in the area with crystal clear water added to the beauty of Dayara Bugyal. The place is also surrounded with Oak, Pine, and Rhododendron trees’ colorful forests, which make this place even more beautiful.