India is a country that boasts of an astounding diversity in its geography. From deserts, to backwaters, to the beautiful hill stations up north, there is everything a traveler would want to experience packed within the bounds of one single country. India is indeed a traveler’s paradise. And in India, Himalayas top the chart for being the most exciting travel destination possible.
A trip to Himalayan regions of Garhwal and Kumaon are thus full of many different and varied experiences. From being close to nature, understanding the natural life from close quarters, to have a real spiritual experience by being in such close vicinity of the mysterious mountains, there is everything here in the region to satiate an enthusiastic traveler’s wanderlust. Life in these peaceful regions is slow and idyllic. People are hardy, simple and spiritual owing to their close proximity and reliance on nature.
These hilly regions also offer an excellent trekking opportunity and many foreign nationals are known to come all the way from across the seas for special trekking and adventure packages.
The lush valleys of the Himalayan region are a trekker’s paradise. There are many famous trails all over the region. From easy, to moderate to tough levels, trekkers can select a trek that suits their expertise and skills. Many tour and travel groups also offer custom-made travel itineraries for travelers. They have their own small troupe of guides, complete with helpers to set up camps, carry the luggage.
Some great trekking trails are around Kullu and Manali in the Himachal. Naggar, which is about an hours drive from Manali is also a very good point to start a trek. While here, do not miss to see the house of famous Russian painter Nicolas Roerich.
Other famous treks in the regions are the Hem Kund Sahib Trek, Valley of Flowers trek near Ghangharia, Chanderkheni trek, trek to Pindari glacier, etc.