Only those who enjoy travelling will appreciate the benefits of backpacking. Backpacking, after all, allows you to explore lesser-known areas, scale the highest peaks, and witness some of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking sights. When it comes to the great variety of landscapes that India has to offer, it is a country full of surprises, and all of them can be explored with the help of popular backpacker treks.
Due to our daily jobs and never-ending deadlines, we city dwellers are not always privileged to take long leaves and go on treks.
There are alternatives, however, such as weekend hikes and, in some cases, weekly clubbing. Check out some of the best weekend hikes in the country.
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1. Triund Trek
The Triund Trek, a popular weekend trek for both Delhi residents and visitors, can be completed in one day. The trail begins in Bhagsu, near McLeodganj, and takes hikers through dense forests with breathtaking views of the Kangra Valley. When you reach the summit, all you can see are towering peaks hiding in the clouds; it’s a breathtaking sight.
If time allows, a trekker can continue on to Lahesh Cave and explore the meadows beneath Indrahara Pass. New Delhi, India The highest elevation is 9,760 feet. Two days are scheduled. Difficulty: Easy Bhagsu/Dharamkot serves as the base camp.
2. Rajmachi Fort Trek
The Rajmachi Fort trek is a must-do weekend excursion for residents of Mumbai and Pune. The trail winds through picture-perfect landscapes of forests and open grasslands, with breathtaking views of the Sahyadri range’s lush green mountains.
The Rajmachi Fort was built in the 17th century by Shivaji and has long been a favourite of backpackers due to its location and views. From and to Mumbai and Pune 2750 feet is the highest point. Duration: 1 day Difficulty: Simple The base camp is located in Lonavala.
3. Dudhsagar Trek
While many of us saw this waterfall for the first time in Shah Rukh Khan’s Bollywood blockbuster Chennai Express, it has long been a popular destination for adventurous travellers, and trekking there can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Trekking to waterfalls allows trekkers to experience the lush beauty of the Western Ghats up close and personal.
The views are breathtaking, as is the marble white waterfall. India, Bangalore The highest point is 1,017 feet above sea level. 1 day duration Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Easy The base camp is located at the Dudhsagar Railway Station.
4. Pin Parvati Trek
The Pin Parvati Trek, discovered as an alternate route to Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley, is considered one of the country’s most thrilling and difficult trails. The route’s highest point is 5319 metres above sea level. From July to September, the trek requires extensive trekking knowledge and skills.
The journey includes steep inclines, gradual ascents, scenic mountains, and breathtaking passes. With advanced trekking skills, the trail is approximately 100 kilometres long and can be completed in 16 days. Difficulty : Moderate, Base camp: Gramphu – Batal – Kaza road.
5. Nag Tibba
Nag Tibba is ideal for mountain lovers who want to see the Himalayan peaks because it is so close to Delhi. It is a lesser-known trail near Mussoorie that leads trekkers through dense forests rich in flora and fauna and provides unrivalled views of the region’s most prominent mountains, including Bandarpoonch (also Bandarpunch) Peak, Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon Valley, and the snowy peaks of Chanabang.
New Delhi, India The highest point is 9,915 feet. Three days are needed. Difficulty Level: Moderate-Easy Pantwari serves as the starting point (near Mussoorie; 90 km from Dehradun)
6. Bijli Mahadev Trek
Legends surround the mysterious Shiva temple of Bijli Mahadev, which is surrounded by the Parvati, Garsa, Bhuntar, and Kullu valleys. The temple was constructed to honour a long-running miracle. Every year, a lightning strike shatters the Shiva Lingam at the temple. The temple priest then collects all of the pieces and glues them together with butter as an adhesive.
The next morning, the Lingam is discovered unharmed. Hikers follow the trail through dense forest until they reach a large meadow with panoramic views of the mountains in the distance. New Delhi, India The highest point is 8,060 feet above sea level. Duration: 1 day Difficulty: Easy Chansari Village serves as the base camp (near Kullu)
7. Tadiandamol Trek
Despite being one of Karnataka’s lesser-known treks, keen backpackers will remember the thrill of trekking up to Tadiandamol, Coorg’s highest peak at 5,740 feet. The trail passes through vast swaths of Shola forest, as well as some of the most stunning lush green grasslands and streams.
Camping at the top is an unforgettable experience due to the combination of strong winds and endless views of the surrounding scenery. Bangalore and Coorg are the locations. The highest point is 5,740 feet. 1 day duration Moderate level of difficulty Kakkabe is the name of the base camp (near Coorg).