best trekking places in India

Traveling in a country like India that houses a thousand cultures and endless lifestyles freshens every atom of your body. As you travel across the country, you experience numerous local cuisines, varied terrains, adventure, and amazing people! Trekking in India can be such an exciting experience for you. India consists of more than 100 trekking places that you can travel to without thinking much about your pocket. In this blog, we have tried to tell you everything about some of the best trekking places in India. Let’s see how!

Right across the country, we have picked up the five best trekking destinations just for you.

We highly recommend you to visit these places even if you are a beginner.

For the pro-level trekkers, these places will be equally exciting and adventurous.

We have filtered out these destinations after considering pointers like trek-distance, elevation gained per day, time-taken, difficulty level, and budget. So, let us get straight to the point!

Kalsubai Trek:

best trekking places in India

Kalsubai is always on the bucket list and is a perfect blend of serenity and adventure. The 4.5 km long trek leads you to Kalsubai, the highest peak of Maharashtra. The Kalsubai trek is considered one of the best monsoon-treks in India for offering unseen views of the western ghats.

If you are looking for a ‘night-trek,’ then Kalsubai might be the right choice.

 You get to see ‘fireflies’ and clouds below you as you reach Kalsubai. 

Location: Maharashtra

Base Camp: Bari Village.

Distance: 4.5 Kilometres

Terrain: Grassfields and forest- 3km, Iron ladders to ascend and descend- 1.5km. 

Duration: 4-5hours for beginners

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. 

Food Joints: Available.

Camping: Allowed (not during monsoon.)

Things to remember: 

  •  Gear up with good quality shoes. 
  • No washroom facility at the peak. Toilets available only at base-village.
  • THE nearest ATM is available at a distance of 14 kilometers from the base village. 
  • Do not overload your luggage. 

Rajmachi Fort Trek: 

best trekking places in India

The Rajmachi trek commences at Lonavala in the Maharashtra state of India.

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Rajmachi is a fort built by the Sathvanas and later taken over by Chhatrapati Shivaji, a warrior known for his extreme patriotism and courage in ancient India.

As you reach the fort, you remain awestruck after seeing a glimpse of the ancient Indian architecture. The trek to Rajmachi passes through dense forests and lush green fields. 

What adds to the beauty is the twinning of two ancient forts called the Manarajan and Shrivardhan forts. You get to see some exclusive views of the western ghats and peaks like Bhimashankar, Madan, Lonavala and Karjat from these forts. As you trek up, you get a feeling similar to trekking up a mountain range of Uttarakhand or Himachal Pradesh in India!

Location: Maharashtra, India. 

Trekking Point: Tungrali (3km from Lonavala) 

Nearest Village: Udhevadi (2km from Manaranjan and Shrivardhan forts)

Distance between Tungarli and Udhevadi: 13 Kilometres 

Total Distance: 15km.

Terrain: Lush Greenfields, forest and rocky terrain. 

Duration: 5-6 hours. 

Difficulty: An easy to moderate level trek. 

Food Joints:  Food and water available at Udhevadi. 

Stay: Open for camping and homestays. 

Things to remember: 

  • Gear up with good quality trekking shoes. 
  • Do carry your water bottle and fill it at the trekking point. 
  • Carry energy drinks and Glucon-D. 
  • Don’t forget to take the first-aid kit and a torch. 
  • Carry a bag to put in your litter and garbage. 
  • Carry a power bank. 
  • A highly effective sunscreen with SPF 50

Bhrigu Lake Trek:

best trekking places in India - Bhrigu

Bhrigu lake is a high-altitude lake situated in the Manali district of Himachal Pradesh in India. The lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu, a famous saint in ancient India who meditated here for years. As you trek towards Bhrigu lake, you discover mesmerizing views of the northern-grasslands and meadows. Bhrigu lake can be reached easily by beginners too, making it one of the best trekking places in India.

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Location: Himachal Pradesh, India. 

Trekking Point: Gulaba

Difficulty: An easy to moderate level trek.

Terrain: Mostly meadows and grasslands. 

Trek Distance: 21 Kilometres (To and from Gulaba.) 

Duration: 4-5 Days. 

Suitable Time to visit Bhrigu Tal: July to September. 

Important Points:

  • Do not forget to carry snow-spikes, especially if you are traveling in June. The spikes provide you with a good grip over ice. 
  • The nearest ATM and hospital to Bhrigu lake is in Manali. Carrying cash can come in handy as people in the hilly terrain aren’t used to digital payment methods. 
  • The distance between Manali and Gulaba is 24 Kilometres. 
  • Do carry a torch and a first-aid kit as you travel. 

Tungnath: 

best trekking places in India - Tungnath

If you are planning for a trek that is both easy and beautiful, then Tungnath is the best place for you! The Tungnath Mahadev temple or Tungnath sits at an elevation of 3,500 meters and is the world’s highest Shiva temple.

The temple remains covered with snow from October to march and has emerged as a favorite winter destination in the last few years.

During summers, the temperature in Tungnath hovers between 6-14 degrees celsius and gives you respite from the pinching heat! 

Location: Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India. 

Trekking Point: Chopta Valley. 

Trek Distance: 3 Kilometres. 

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours (both sides)

Terrain: Meadows, mountains and snowfields. 

Best time to visit Tungnath: Throughout the year.

Difficulty level: Easy. 

Stay Options: Camping, Homestay, hotels and resorts are available in Chopta. 

Food Joints: Available. 

Washrooms: Available. 

Important Points:

  • Nearest ATM: Ukhimath (36 Kilometres from the base camp, Chopta)
  • Nearest Hospital: PHC, Ukhimath. 
  • Carry a power bank with you as you travel to Tungnath. 
  • Don’t forget to get good quality boots and trekking poles. 
  • Boots and trekking poles are also available on rent at the trekking point, Chopta. 
  • Pre-book your hotels online as you may not find rooms during May-June. 

Chandrashila Trek:

best trekking places in India - Chandrashila

Chandrashila is a peak located at an altitude of 4,000 meters in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

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While you are at the summit, you get to see panoramic views of the Chaukhamba, Banderpunch, Kedar Dome, and Nanda Devi peaks.

Chandrashila is located at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from Tungnath temple and is generally visited by the people who travel to Tungnath.

While you reach the top, you can feel the clouds hanging below you, giving you an out-of-the-world feeling! 

Location: Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India. 

Trekking Point: Chopta, Uttarakhand. 

Trek distance: 4.5 kilometres (3kilometres to Tungnath, then, 1.5 kilometres to Chandrashila peak) 

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours. 

Terrain: grasslands, mountains and snowfields (during winters.)

Difficulty level: Easy

Best time to visit Chandrashila: May to September. 

Camping: Not allowed. 

Food Joints: The last food joint is in Tungnath. 

Important Points: 

  •  Camping is not allowed at Chandrashila. Pre-book your hotels as you may face a heavy rush during summers. 
  • Carry good quality body thermals, fleece, jackets, and boots. 
  • Trekking boots and poles are also available on rent in Chopta. 
  • Carry a water bottle while you trek to Chandrashila. 
  • The last hospital and ATM are in Ukhimath, 38 km from Chandrashila) 
best trekking places in India

Trekking in the Himalayan belt requires the right planning and guidance. We have encountered situations where people are confused about planning their trek and end up landing in the wrong direction. The Aipan Resort (TAR) Chopta promotes the concept of ‘touring with responsibility and is committed to providing the best trekking experiences to the people.

If you are yet confused about planning your trek-itinerary to Uttarakhand, we may help you with suggestions that may save both your time and money!

The Resort, under its adventure wing Adrenaline, provides guides, porters, and trekking gears on rent. What more interesting is that TAR extends its services to some of the best trekking places in India. Let us explore more. Happy Trekking the mountains! 

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