Jammu and Kashmir
The most famous trail here has to be the Chadar trek. There’s perhaps nothing more enthralling than covering a distance of some 100 kilometres in the peak of winters, walking over the frozen Zanskar River with nothing but snow-covered hills surrounding you on both sides! However, this a mentally and physically strenuous trek and is not advised for beginners.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the favourite destinations for trekking in India, and more so for beginners. With a variety of beginner trails like Kheerganga, Triund, Kareri Lake etc, one can test their fitness levels and then go on to do moderate treks like Hampta Pass, Beas Kund or even difficult ones like Kanamo Peak and Buran Ghati treks.
Home to the highest peaks in India, Uttarakhand is a trekking haven for Indians and outsiders alike. With easy treks aplenty like the Valley of Flowers, Nag Tibba or the Chandrashila and Deoriatal treks, Uttarakhand offers splendid views of the Garhwal Himalayas even on its easiest trails. For a skilled trekker, there are even more options like the Gomukh Tapovan trek, Har ki Dun and Auden Col treks. Uttarakhand is the epitome of trekking Himalayas for its unmatched mountainous beauty provided by the Greater Himalayan Range.
West Bengal and Sikkim are perhaps not the first destinations that come to mind when you think of trekking destinations in India but indeed it is a trekking paradise, as good as any other. With the Goecha La and Sandakphu Phalut treks offering stunning views of the Sleeping Buddha cluster that includes the mighty Kanchenjunga, what more do you need!
If there’s heaven on earth, it is right here in Kashmir. Who can debate that! And if there’s heaven on earth, there are plenty of heavenly treks too that take you through some of the most enchanting places ever seen in the world. With treks like the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Tarsar Marsar Lakes trek and Warwan Valley trek, Kashmir is truly one of the best trekking destinations in India.
It would be unfair to talk about trekking in India and not include the Western Ghats in the list. So what if the altitude does not rocket through the skies and if snowladden peaks aren’t a possible sight, there is a different charm to trekking in Western Ghats and especially in the monsoons! With smaller but equally challenging treks like Kalsubai Peak trek, Rajmachi Fort trek, Bhimashankar trek etc, Western Ghats is no lesser than our Northern Himalayas and is one of the best trekking destinations of India.