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Trekking in Uttarakhand


Trekking in India is one of the finest in the world. Not only do we boast of the highest range of mountains offering even professional trekkers a challenge but some of routes are easily accessible by even amateurs and first time trekkers. Most of these ‘easy’ treks are located in the northern state of Uttrakhand often starting from the town of Rishikesh, which other than being an idle base camp is also known for rafting on Ganga and its tributaries. Rishikesh is 256km by road from Delhi and can be approach by taxi/bus (8 hours) or train (4 and half hours). There is a flight from Delhi to Dehradun which takes an hour only. Uttrakhand has been a source of spiritual inspiration and the scene of countless of Hindu pilgrimages since the time of the early Aryan settlers. The various sources of the Ganges- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath- are still visited by many thousands of Hindi devotees each year. With its gorges, deep valleys and lofty mountains the geography of this land is idle. Nanda Devi- the highest mountain situated completely in India is situated in this state. Zanskar range forming a divide between Tibet and India is present to the north and in the south the various tributaries of Ganga and Kali River form rugged gorges ultimately dwindling down to the Siwalik range of the Himalayas which hardly exceeds 3000m in height. The trekking season here is from April to June, and after the monsoons, from September to mid- November before the roads close due to snowfall.


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