Mountains make you feel alive again and hiking is the best way to explore them. Here are a few places in India that are best suited for hiking:
1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is known for its snow-clad mountains, picturesque landscape and high peaks. It is one of the most popular and beautiful hiking destinations in India. Solang Valley is the best place to start your hiking adventure.
2. Kedarkantha, Uttarakhand
If you love nature and adventure, then this is the perfect place for you. It even has a national park on its way named Govind, you can see the flora and fauna of the region. The view is very beautiful from the top and you should wait to see a sunset there!
3. The Grand Indrahar Pass, Himachal Pradesh
This place is actually a mountain pass but is also popular as a hiking destination. The starting point of the trek is near Galu temple and it also has two caves- Triund and Lahesh. These caves are mostly used as a camping site after a long trek.
4. Seven Sisters trek, Himachal Pradesh
This is one of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the world. The place basically consists of a group of peaks. The climate, the aura and the vibe of the mountains are very calm yet chaotic. The place is filled with apple orchards and various ancient temples.
5. Tiger hills, Darjeeling
This place is a blend of romance and adventure. Even if you are beginner, you can easily trek on these hills. There are various tea plantations planted on the way. from the top of the hill, you’ll see Himalayas and Kanchenjunga. If you want to experiment more, you can hike all the way to Ghoom.
6. Doon Valley, Uttarakhand
The hiking experience here is relatively easier than all the other Himalayan ranges. There are flower meadows and forests on the way. It is an apt place if you are hiking with your whole family as it is not very difficult. You can also see various kinds of animal and plants which makes this place extraordinary.
7. Clouds End trek, Uttarakhand
This place is actually a resort and home to various adventurous activities, hiking being one of them. It is a very popular camping site and you can easily find people of the same interests. You can explore the place in its raw form and also see varieties of animals and plants. It is very convenient as, after a long day of adventure, you can sleep in the resort itself.
8. Kurseong, West Bengal
This trekking path has a beautiful view and is comparatively easier. It usually takes a whole day to complete the trek. The two main attractions on the way are coffee plantations and Buddhist monastery.
9. Nagalapuram Trek, Andhra Pradesh
This place is the most crowded and busiest hiking areas. The terrains are difficult to climb and this place is mostly recommended for experienced trekkers. There are streams, plants, and animals on the path of trekking. The landscape is mesmerizing and has been part of many films.
10. Araku Valley Trek, Andhra Pradesh
The place will take you close to the ethnicity of the area as various local tribes reside here. There are many waterfalls and forests. The atmosphere of the area is very peaceful and calm. This place is popular because it is the highest mountain in the state. The level of difficulty is medium. If you are beginner, you can try trekking with experienced people.
11. Chembra peak, Kerala
Chembra peak is perfect for people who are looking for an adventurous yet relaxing holiday. The trek doesn’t take much time to finish and is relatively easier. The view from the top of the peak is breathtaking.
12. Rajmachi Fort, Maharashtra
The place is popular for its nature, historical importance, and its beautiful hiking trail. The place was once inherited by the Maratha rulers and now it is a place of tourist attraction.
13. Tungnath, Uttarakhand
This is basically a temple, the world’s highest Shiva temple. As it is located on the peak, it is popular even among trekkers. You can trek all the way to mandir, seek blessings of Lord Shiva, enjoy the view of the twin rivers- Mandakini and Alaknanda. This place holds significance in Hinduism and therefore is a popular tourist spot.
14. Anamalai Tiger Reserve Natural trail, Tamil Nadu
The place has become popular recently among trekkers. Located at a very picturesque location, Anamalai is also known for its amazing wildlife. The difficulty level of hiking is moderate. It provides one of the most beautiful views of South India.
15. Chidiya Tapu, Andaman and Nicobar islands
It is a scenic point and is famous for birds. The place also has beaches and is perfect for a weekend getaway. The hiking trail is behind a beach and the peak provides views of the Indian ocean. The place is one of the most scenic places in India and is also visited by photographers. You can get some exclusive photos of the Indian ocean.