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7 Unexpected Places to Hike in India

For those familiar with the Indian terrain and are searching for unique trails, this article showcases seven unexpected places to hike in India. Sometimes, the best travel experiences are those that are lesser-known. From its towering Himalayan peaks, and lush jungles and forests, India is a diverse place of excitement and adventure for those who seek it. And, don’t worry if you’re not a hardcore hiker, India has a plethora of trails ranging from easy to difficult. 

Hopefully, when you’re done reading the list, you’ll be heading to one of these sought-after hiking destinations! 

Manali

“Serving as an epicenter of adventure in Himachal Pradesh, India, Manali is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the world,” says Edward Jackson, a lifestyle blogger at UK Services Reviews and UK Top Writers. “Whether you’re an athlete or a casual hiker, Manali has something for many people who go there. First, start at Solang Valley, known locally as ‘Snow Point.’ Afterwards, you’ll be trekking up to Dhundi. As you hike, you’ll notice natural beauties like the Beas River and purple Rhododendron flowers. For this hiking trip, it’ll take a whole day to complete.”

Himachal Pardesh, Manali

Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak is a hiking spot in Southern India, where the treks are filled with surprises. From gorgeous views to breathtaking grasslands and hills, the Peak will leave you amazed. Also, this place takes conservation very seriously — be sure to abide by the rules and regulations set up by the local government and law enforcement. 

Chembra Peak (Image by Karkiabhijeet and under CC BY 4.0)

The Grand Indrahar Pass

Indrahar Pass is a mountainous trek, which makes it one of the best hiking spots in India. Located in the Dhauladhar range in the Himalayas, you’ll start at the Galu temple. From there, you’ll pass by the camping ground Triund, and then visit the Lahesh Caves. You’ll finish the trek at Chamba. The best times to trek this spectacular pass is between May and October.

Indrahar Pass (Image by Ashish Gupta and under CC BY 2.0)

Deoria Tal

Deoria Tal

Essentially a beautiful lake with a scenic backdrop of snow-clad Himalayan peaks – much like in the movies – Deoria Tal is your go-to hiking spot. If you’re looking to get closer to nature, then this is the place to be. The best part? You can either hike its trails or hire a donkey porter to take you through this amazing place. You can also rent a cozy place to stay if you decide this to be an overnight journey. 

Roopkund

While many of the hiking spots so far on this list are spectacular for their natural beauty, the Roopkund is spectacular in a different way. Roopkund is an eerie and remote Himalayan lake sitting in the Uttarakhand region of India. Legend has it that a violent snowstorm had taken innocent lives during the 9th century, and what’s left to show for it years later are skeletal remains that circle the lake. So, when you have the time and the ambition, and you want to travel solo or with a group, then check out the Roopkund. 

Spooky Lake in Roopkund (Image by Abhijeet Rane under CC BY 2.0 )

Kedarkantha

“For those looking to go on winter treks, Kedarkantha is a great trail to hike,” says Philip Davis, a design writer at State of Writing and Elite Assignment Help. “With the best hiking season during winter, hikers will be enticed by the majesty of the snowy landscapes, which offer a refreshing feel to the beholder. When you travel along the trail and from the summit, you’ll delve deep into the natural beauty that this trek has to offer – the lush green meadows, the towering Himalayan peaks, and the humble hamlets.”

Kedarkantha Trek

Gaumukh

Also known as the “Mouth of the Cow,” Gaumukh is a sacred trek of the Ganges River. There, you’ll see and join devout Hindu pilgrims on this 18km walk, which starts in the holy pilgrimage town of Gangotri. Just keep in mind: The walk is easy at first until you run into a few inclines. As a result, many hikers have opted to spend the night at the Bhojwasa camp area while they’re hiking this trek. 

Gaumukh, source of the Ganga river (Image by Richard Haley and under CC BY 2.0)

Conclusion

As you can see, India is something to behold in the hiking community. With many things to do, many places to explore, there’s no shortage of excitement and adventure as you visit these 7 hiking spots. Ultimately, when hiking, India has so much to offer nature-wise and travel-wise. If you’re looking to embrace nature more, or just want to go hiking more, then let these 7 hiking spots take your breath away. 


Elizabeth Hines is a writer and editor at Big Assignments and Coursework writing. She is also a contributing writer for Study Demic. As a content writer, she writes articles about the latest tech and marketing trends, innovations, and strategies.


 

My Park Moment Photo Contest Includes Your Favorite Bay Area Parks

In collaboration with non-profit Photoville, the Partnership for the Presidio announces a call for entries to its My Park Moment photo contest, an opportunity for anyone to submit a photo of their favorite park experience anywhere in the world.  From April 14 to May 28, amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to submit images that show personal experiences in local and national parks: from a family picnic to a walk in the Presidio, to a visit to Alcatraz or a trip to Yosemite. 

A selection committee of artists, educators, and non-profit leaders will choose 400 photos to display outdoors in a dynamic, large-format show in the Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation  Area is one of the most visited national parks in the country. The free show starts in September 2021 as a lead-up to the opening of the Presidio Tunnel Tops in Spring 2022. The show will take place at locations surrounding the future Presidio Tunnel Tops area, where visitors can see the progress on the new trails, overlooks, and play areas while enjoying the show. 

“The Partnership for the Presidio holds the value that parks belong to all of us. Parks are a shared treasure that brings us together, no matter our background or point of view,” said Michael Boland, Chief Park Development and Visitor Engagement Officer for the Presidio Trust. “My Park Moment creates a place for people to share their park story and to celebrate the  many moments to come at Presidio Tunnel Tops.” 

The My Park Moment photo contest has several categories: Community Snapshot (Adult),  Community Snapshot (Youth), and the Visual Story Award (Adult), which will award four photographers with a $2,500 cash prize for their multi-photo series. 

How to Enter the My Park Moment Photo Contest 

Visit PresidioTunnelTops.gov/my-park-moment to submit your images online. There is no entry fee. 

A My Park Moment Submission Tool Kit is available for all who wish to help spread the word about this project to their communities and promote photo submissions: PresidioTunnelTops.gov/my-park-moment/toolkit 

About Partnership for the Presidio 

The My Park Moment Photo Show and the Presidio Tunnel Tops initiative are projects brought to life by the Partnership for the Presidio, which aims to bring national park experiences, and the many benefits they offer, closer to where most people live – in urban areas. Two federal agencies manage the Presidio: the Presidio Trust and the National Park Service, with support from the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Together, the Partnership sustains the Presidio’s natural beauty, preserves its history, maintains its funding, and creates inspiring national park experiences for all. 

About Photoville 

United Photo Industries Inc (Photoville) is a New York-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a wide, diverse audience for photographic narratives and nurture a new lens of representation by creating unique and highly innovative environments such as its free annual community photo festival. Working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and educators worldwide, Photoville creates new exhibition and public art opportunities that amplify impactful narratives and connect visual artists to a global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large-scale photography exhibitions. These include shows at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Atlanta Beltline,  Nathan Benderson Park (Sarasota, FL), Memorial Park (Houston, TX), Ueno Park in Tokyo  (Japan), and Hyde Park in Sydney (Australia) in addition to an annual Festival, spanning over a  dozen parks across New York City. 

About Presidio Tunnel Tops 

In 1993, Bay Area leaders, urban planners, and citizens were faced with the need to replace the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive, which cut the Presidio in two on its way to the Golden Gate  Bridge. A vision to construct the highway into tunnels and reconnect the park by creating new land over their tops was put forth and the Presidio Tunnel Tops project was born. Hundreds of hours of community engagement with more than 10,000 participants helped shape the final design of the site. James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind New York’s High Line,  was selected as the design partner. This exciting new project allows the Partnership for the  Presidio to provide new national park experiences to people in the Bay Area and serves as a gateway to the greater Golden Gate National Recreation Area and broader national park system. Presidio Tunnel Tops will feature scenic overlooks with stunning views of the Golden  Gate Bridge and the city, paths, and gardens, a welcome plaza with food and visitor services, a campfire circle, picnic grounds, and more, opening in spring of 2022.