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Hell! No Saints in Paradise by A.K. Asif is both a piercing parody and a metaphor that takes urban fiction to giddy heights.

2050, New York. Ismael, a Pakistani-American student, enters into a pact with mystical beings. They guide him on a dangerous excursion of self-discovery.

A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan. The country is in the grasp of a ruthless fundamentalist régime. He has to gain the trust of his separated dad, a conspicuous radical in the Caliphate. To achieve this, he must pretense as a true believer. Will he endure long enough to penetrate his father's innermost altar? Can he complete his assignment?

The Islamic character has taken on a particular importance in the collective consciousness. Many literary sources, documentaries, and traditions have intertwined especially in the last decades. They give us triumphal or dramatic representations of public opinion.

It is from this limit that Asif's work shines with its own light on a wider horizon. He abandons the safe roads of historiography and documentation. The only aim is to tell the story of a boy in the quest to change the radical character of a place.

The author highlights a story from the point of view of Muslims. He interprets events in the context of the Islamic world. This work thus tries to put new eyes on a saturated issue of publications and does it well.

Asif releases a wealth of material that overrides the very conception of "holy war". Ismael attempts to become an interpretive bridge loaded with new perspectives. All this in a space-time analysis completely opposed to his father. Their perception of the Islamic world does not follow the same patterns and the same time bands.

The Islamic world painted by Asif requires geographical and chronological limits other than those drawn from the traditional perspective. And so we find ourselves in a dynamic analysis of a State and the Islamic society of a future. The distant and exotic descriptions emphasize an era that intrigues and entertain.

The sliding prose leads us to the roots of an Islamic world with lively and contradictory relationships to a sort of deconstruction of the myth of the religious component. The analysis offered has very few saints and heroes, but many smart politicians.

In this book, we can read the real vision of Ismael. He has to act to avoid a clash between specific realities pursuing ground and land interests. All this without ever interrupting profound socio-cultural relations. Asif does not fail to evoke it every so often.

So, in the game of great interests, Asif also gives space to the life of small communities that disappear from collective memory. This work, without any pretense of exhaustion, can be the first step towards a new course of study.

The book offers the reader an arduous and fascinating search path, extending with considerable expertise one of the abysmal themes of mystical reflection.

Hell! No Saints in Paradise by A.K. Asif
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author
The powerful Himalayas, the gem of the elegant nature and extremely impressive atmosphere offer an eye-catching flood of trails accessible for adventure lovers. In the Himalayas, trekking is the dream comes true of every climber. Trekking is the most charming adventure in months of winter because the snow surrounds the trees and mountains clothed themselves with thick white covers of snow. From all around the world, the beautiful Himalayas allure every climber and trotter.

Whenever you need some break from your schedule and also feel that urban area has become tedious, then experience trekking in the attractive Himalayas. Pure and uncontaminated air, and untouched environment, and of no doubt the grace of the mountains will lift your spirits definitely. There is no other place on the earth like the Himalayas.

So, when you want to want some thrill and adventure in life, then the Himalayas is the best place to experience. When you perceive that what number of prominent trekking trails pervade the Himalayas, your mind will surely wonder while trekking in Nepal Himalayas or in India.

While you are trekking in the Himalayas, your eyes will stare at a great diversity of vegetation. Trekking in the Himalayas will provide your eyes the view of oaks and maples at lower altitudes. Many sorts of animals like deer, bears, cats, and monkeys occupy the Himalayas. Trekking in the Himalayas is just worth an experience.

While going for trekking in the delightful Himalayas, add all the necessary and essential items in your bag like camping tents, ropes, trekking shoes, rain covers and many more.

Experience trekking in Himalayas

Some of the popular trekking routes in Indian Himalayas are:

1. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek


The purpose of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek is to hike from Sonamarg to Naranag through the Nichnai Pass. The Great Lakes, as the name suggests, runs through long alpine lakes located at the foot of the snowy mountains. It crosses creeks, many colorful meadows and crosses three mountain passes.

The best time to do a walk would be between July and September, since the prairie road is in full bloom and climatic conditions with the average temperature between 18 and 20 degrees during the day and 3 to 4 degrees at night. The most popular trek that covers the lake are Twins lakes of Vishansar and Krishansar and Gadsar.

2. Tarsar Marsar Trek, Kashmir


Aru Valley is base camp for the Tarsar-Marsar trip, which is another 12 kms before Pahalgam. Start the walk with a constant movement of 2 to 3 hours through a magnificent path of pine forests. This is an uphill climb but easy and enjoyable. Walk along the Lidder River, which connects with the village uphill. Begin your walk along the Lidder river that will take you to the pine forest.

There will also be the excitement of crossing the river. Make a brief stop in the huts of Gujjar and enjoy a tea and snacks before continuing the walk. The road will go through lush pastures before reaching Sumbal. From here the path will take to a ridge in a stream that will take later to Tarsar. After a couple of hours, a spectacular conical summit will offer breathtaking views of the almond-shaped Tarsar lake.

Cross the Tarsar pass at an altitude of 13,500 ft. Walk on a seat on a ledge on the far side of the Marsar lake. It is an extremely beautiful location. Go down to Sumbal from Sonmasti and then go to Srinagar, with the aim of reaching before dark.

3. Chadar Trek, Ladakh


There is an adventure trek called Chadar trek which you can attempt. It will be adventurous when you walk on or walk along with the frozen river.

The Chadar Trek is also known as the Lower Zanskar Gorge and is a winter trail on the frozen river in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. This trek is known as Chadar trek because Chadar refers to the blanket as the Lower Zanskar River transforms from a fast flowing river into a white sheet or from the ice sheet during the winter. For lovers of Ladakh and Zanskar, there is a beautiful circuit that makes you travel out of time, out of the world.

It is the trek from Zanskar to Lahaul through the passes. This circuit allows the traveler to discover little known valleys. The diversity of the landscapes and the privileged meetings with the local population will fill those who already know about Zanskar and dream to discover the hidden face and its secret valleys like Paldar and Pangi valleys.

The crossing of Phe (Ating) to Bugian via Umasi La pass is a pedestrian link used by locals during the summer for those of them who wish to reach the Jammu region without having to follow the tedious road route that bypasses the Himalayan range through Kargil and Srinagar. By crossing this pass, they find themselves by the S side of the Great Himalayan Range and can in a few days reach the tracks that will allow them to go down to the cities of the South.

The Chadar trek is one of the most impressive itineraries in the world for several reasons. Its location, the conditions in which the expedition is carried out and the wild environment it transcends is for those who assiduously visit the mountains of the world in search of new challenges, of landscapes and authentic and indescribable sensations.

The average temperature during the day is about 10 degrees below zero, which at night can reach the glamorous 30 degrees below zero. However, with the right Chadar trek preparation and clothing we can enjoy the wonders that this trekking offers us with a river literally stopped with turquoise and deep blue colors, completely frozen waterfalls, vertical rock canyons bathed only by the sun the morning.

Trekkers can also experience the beautiful ice from a bluish tint to golden yellow on a moonlit night. The best part of the beauty of this place is the shape of ice that breaks and changes color in the river every few hours. This trek is completely unique in terms of landscape, atmosphere, temperature and also changing Chadar.

This region has an altitude of around 12,000 to 13,000 feet and covers an area of ​​7,000 square kilometres. Between January and mid-February, this valley has desolated raw winters with very little direct sunlight. If ice skating is too conventional take advantage of the experience of trekking from another level in conjunction with one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

Walk on the snow cover of the frozen Zanskar River through the stretches of snow-capped mountains. The magical charm and beauty of the snowy valleys are incomparable. The temperature of the region drops as low as -20 degrees Celsius at night. You may want to work on your endurance before embarking on this exciting journey.

4. Stok Kangri Trek, Leh


Leh, the capital of Ladakh is the best option for trekking in India, as it is located at approximately 6153 meters above sea level. It is one of the highest trekkable peaks in the world. It is the highest mountain in the Himalayan range stok. The Stok Kangri is very famous among walkers and novice mountaineers due to its technical nature.

From July to August, this peak is considered non-technical. This trek requires a lot of resistance, both physically and mentally, so if you are riding you will definitely love this trek. The biggest challenge of this place is the summit of the day when the temperature drops below zero degrees centigrade.

5. Kolahoi Glacier Trek


Kashmir is like nowhere else in the Himalayas with its good-looking meadows and elevated pine trees. Experience panoramic visions of the all-around snow-laden peaks and meadows flourishing with wildflowers. The Sindh River, where rafting is usually practiced, meanders through the valley, and ponies can be hired for an excursion to the Thajiwas glacier, one of the biggest attractions during the summer months.

It is a small route of just 4 kilometers that reaches a small valley at the foot of the glacier. Once there, there is a path that leads to the Shakhdar hill, from which you can see beautiful views of the north-western glacier.0From Sonamarg there are trekking routes that reach the lakes of the Himalayas such as Vishansar (4,084 masl), Krishnasa (3,810 masl) and Gangabal (3,658 masl). Other lakes of the region can be cited as Gadsar, which is fed by glaciers and is surrounded by beautiful alpine flowers.

A nearby excursion is Baltal, about 15 kilometers north of Sonamarg, which is a small valley at the foot of the Zoji La pass. Hikers can reach the splendid roof of the world - Leh, crossing the pass of Zoji La. From here you can also take a day trip and reach the famous sacred cave of Amarnath.

6. Parang La Trek


Parang is the most famous trekking route of Spiti since ancient times and connects Spiti with that of Ladakh after crossing the mighty 5,670m pass. This walk has a fantastic view of the mountains and the Pare Chu river. This is a paradise for photographers, as it takes you through the deep gorges and desert surroundings of the Spiti Valley to the vast landscapes of Ladakh to Lake Tso Kar, passing through the beautiful villages of Karzok on the shores of the lake and ends at Lake Tso Moriri.

This lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. This remote trail follows the traditional trade route between the people of Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. It begins in the high-altitude meadows of Khibber, the breeding ground of the famous Spiti horses (Chumur) and also the homeland of the snow leopard.

The trail descends through the Khibber gorge and then climbs Parang La (5600 m), the source of the Pare Chu river, the only one of its kind that originated in India, flows into Tibet and re-enters the country. Spiti. On the other side of the pass, the trail follows a wide valley to the confluence of Pare Chu with Phirtse Phu in Norbu Sumdo.

A river crossing here leads one to an almost incredible change of scenery as we walk towards the Rupshu plains of Changthang, known for the abundance of Kiangs (Tibetan wild asses). Wind swept arid lands, extreme weather, bewitching scenerey and intriguing lives of hard working Nomads.

Changthang with its myraid colours and soul touching vast scapes had caught our undivided attention. Had swept us off our feet would be a better way to express! These photos is a sampling from our tour and extended recce post it. Our main purpose was to document the lifestyle of Changpas - who continuously keep moving to newer pastures throughout the year rearing the stunted goats which produce some of the finest wool - PASHMINA prized all over the world.

Our generation could very well be the last of the generations who will get to witness this rare nomadic lifestyle which is fast changing in recent times. It is a big irony though that the ones who produce the pashmina rarely get to enjoy the final product and the riches that come along. They are forever stuck in their high lands baked by a harsh sun and chilled by severe winters with always a big herd to tend to!

As for the nomads of Changpas, they will make you taste their specialty of dried meat and their tea with salted butter!

7. Sar Pass


Grahan Village is a beautiful hidden jewel of Himachal Pradesh, set at an altitude of 7700 feet above sea level. 8 to 10 Km trek is the only option to reach this quaint village. The journey of walking into the pathless woods with the thunderous roar of River in your ears is a delight for every nature fanatic. This place is an absolute delight for avid trekkers.

It is a haven for backpackers around the world and is perfect for beginners. The Sar Pass trek offers all kinds of terrain with forests, old villages, snow-capped mountains, and green fields. It is a five-day trek starting from Kasol. The days can be reduced as per your strength obviously. It has tons of budget-friendly places to crash as well as high-end accommodation. Get ready to get some unbelievable views of the Himalayas!

7. Spiti Left Bank Trek


Take a taxi to Poh. On the first day of hiking to Dhankar, located northwest, well above the left bank of the Spiti River, the first 5 km are along the road to Kaza. Pass by old junipers, protected from the axe by divine intervention (they belong to the gods). The road heads westward to Spiti Valley and moves towards a long leaning bank called Poh Maidan.

Going up gradually, you stay with the motor path to the other end of this terrace. Then walk down the steeper bank, smaller up, to the west. Stumpy junipers, thorny hawthorn, wild roses and dusty ephedra, which grow even on the driest slopes, give life to Poh Maidan.

On the other side of the Spiti valley, numerous silver stripes fed by Lake Sopona descends the steep slopes, breaking the brown monotony with refreshing vegetation. Crossing a low ridge a sudden patch of greenery appears. This is the village of two houses in Londupdin (3,700 m), well above the left bank of the Nipti Nallah.

The two villages of Mane are visible through the Spiti River. The green of its irrigated fields contrasts sharply with the bottom. Immense slabs of sharply sloping gray rock and brown and yellow slopes reach a crest of Manerang Peak. Crossing the small stream of Nipti halfway between a series of small waterfalls, the path, which continues northwest, crosses next to another large terrace.

Then, passing another small plot of land, the track gradually climbs up to meet the Sichling-Dhankar road. A slightly steeper climb through the fields of Dhankar Village (3,700 m) leads one to the new monastery building. Climb to Lake Dhankar, located in the arid pastures north of the village.

Between the Pin and the Spiti, the long and flat triangle of Pindomor, with its profuse green cover, is a refreshing change for the eyes. On the vast plains of Sublingo Maidan, the road turns north into the Lingti Valley. Shortly after, one can find the link road that takes off from the Sumdo Kaza road.

Then, to the left, the Lingti Valley opens. The village of Chabrang can be seen on the right bank. The much larger Rama Village is right below. Beyond Chabrang, huge terraces, stained with young and green trees, mark the entrance to the steep valley that leads to Demul, the easternmost village of the Bhar highlands.

Also, exploring the monastery complex in Lalung (3,680m) should definitely be on the agenda, initially winding westward around the dry slopes facing south with the wide valley of the Spiti River of many channels below. The Pin River, which emerges from a narrow valley on the opposite side, also widens before encountering the Spiti.

Once past the pedestrian bridge and having passed the village of Sanglung, located on a terrace on the left bank of Lingti, the route extends through the narrow valley of the Demul stream. To the left (south), the Demul Link Road crosses the slopes, ending abruptly on steep cliffs that descend to the main valley of Spiti.

Looking back towards the Lingti, Manerang rises in the distance while, closer, Kamelang dominates Lalung. Until the valley of Lingti, the snow-covered peaks mark the division with the Valley of Gue to the east. Immediately to the north, through a deep valley that descends quickly from the pastures, there is a tall, beautiful ridge covered with snow that extends westward to Chau Kang Nelda (6,303 m).

There is soft, mossy grass (nema) near the water. In other places, there is a low and uniform growth of shrubs that survive with the humidity of the snows that melt late. To be up to date with the lark of the residents of Demul can mean a nice, long day meandering over the pastures before reaching Langza for a night stop.

Going around the hill behind the village, you must go back south to join the direct route over Lara. It is a longer path but with a more gradual ascent and a better view. Then, through a small hump, are the soft, moss-covered bushes of the Chame Meadow (4,400 m).

It is possible to run southwest to Kaza from here in less than 3 hours, through the village of a house in Kagti (4,100 m). The westernmost road of Langza climbs gently from Chame, to the upper basin of the Kaza stream. A vast amphitheater of undulations, which gradually submerges to a sudden drop in the extreme south, meets the eye. At the upper end (north) is the village of Komik, on top of which is the new Tangguid Monastery (4,450 m).

From Komik, one can follow a motor road, circling up Hikkim Town (4,360 m) to reach Langza (4,300 m) through a low ridge. More exciting and offering magnificent views of Chau Chau Kang Nelda is the highest ridge above Hikkim. It approached the diagonal slopes to the northwest of the monastery, so leaving Hikkim on the left, the route climbs more than 250 meters higher, to reach Langza from the northeast.

The fossils are scattered in abundance on the slopes behind Langza. With luck, one can pick up some ammonites in this stretch. One can move north from Demul and then turn west through gently sloping grasslands instead of taking the south route on the Chame route. You will enjoy spending time here with the dokpas (shepherds), tending the dairy cattle and preparing butter for the long winter months.

Climbing gradually to the northwest, the trail slides over the ridge separating the Lingti basin from that of Shilla Nallah. Up close, in the shadow of Chau Chau Kang Nelda, the route passes through Komik and Tangguid. Then, heading southwest along the smooth contours of an irrigation channel once over the small ridge, it comes directly to Langza.

Those who do not want to trek somewhat harder the next day can head to the comforts of Kaza for a 10 km link road from Langza (4,300 m).

The sixth day of Poh requires moving in a semicircle to the north, around the crest behind Chicham, to the justly famous Ladarcha meadows. The route from Kibber leads to the Parilungbi Gorge along a motor road. On the other side of a bridge, it goes northwest towards the valley of a smaller tributary, which descends from the side of Ladarcha (4,150 m).

The road crosses to the right bank of this stream very soon. Then up the valley to the northwest, leaving Chicham on the left. Near the Dumle village, the narrow valley turns into a gentle decline and the pasture-covered grass field follows shortly after. Climbing gradually from Dumle, the road winds westward towards the Spiti River, which makes Ladarcha appear in an hour.

At more than 4,000 m, Ladarcha is a vast expanse of gentle slopes, carpeted with low shrubs and mossy grass from the highland pastures, and you can camp almost anywhere. It's easy 3 hours from Kibber to Ladarcha. Ladarcha was the site of Spiti's annual barter fair in the old days. In the afternoon you are free to go in search of the Tibetan snow cock and the blue sheep.

To the left (southwest) there is a low elevation, barely higher than the meadows. Mark the edge of the cliffs that descend to the river. Descending towards the southwest to the riverside terraces, the road moves towards the northwest by the left margin of the Spiti. Downstream is the small isolated Chikzur village and across the Spiti River, the largest village in Pangmo.

Climbing gradually, past the strange totems sculpted in the sedimentary soil prone to erosion by the melting of melted snow, one approaches the Takling affluent of the Spiti. Once you have negotiated the short and steep descent and then the steep ascent to the north at the other end of the ravine, Kiato is less than an hour (3,950 m). With more than half a day to spare, one can take a bus or truck to Kaza or continue with Spiti.

8. Chandrakhani Pass Trek


This is an easy 3-day trek with the possibility of varying the duration to adapt to your time. It is exhausting but not impossible to reach Malana (2,652 m) from Naggar in one day, or one can camp for a day near the Chanderkhani pass.

Just pack your trekking gear to conquer this little-explored UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, one can choose the jeep road that leads to Rumsu (5 km), which gradually climbs through the mixed forest. The constant ascent of almost 3 km takes approximately one hour to reach Rumsu Village (2,200 m), east of Naggar.

Chanderkhani Pass is located southeast of Rumsu Village. From the village, a broad, clear and defined path, frequently used by the locals, leads southeast through the forest to the pastures of Stelling (2 km) and Ghalkrari (4 km).

After Ghalkrari, bhojpatra (birch) trees replace oak and conifer. The track climbs further through the pastures to reach a place called Shillu Pathar(5 km). You can camp anywhere in these pastures after Rumsu, but it is recommended to travel 5-6 km (1-11/2 h) from Rumsu. Water is available in many places and one can camp in a convenient place near a water source.

From the Shillu Pathar camp, the trail climbs gently up the grassy slopes and heads southeast to reach Paror , a place considered sacred by the villagers of Rumsu and Malana. The idols of the local gods mark the place. From here, one can continue towards Dhalakda Pathar (move stone), a water point. This section is almost on the crest of the Chanderkhani Range. From the top, you can see the Bara Bhangal range to the west, Pir Panjal to the north and Parvati to the east.

The descent to the Malana village (4 km) is steep compared to the ascent to the pass. The road becomes slippery and risky during the rainy season, from July to August, when the high and humid grass darkens the points of support. Two clearly marked trails, both often used, descend abruptly to the southeast through thick coniferous forests to reach the village.

A steep but well-defined path descends south from Malana to Jari. The path descends for almost half an hour through the fields, to enter a forest where deodorants predominate. Then it descends sharply to the southeast for almost 2 hours, to a small concrete bridge over the Malana Nallah. In a moment, this section had no road. The heart-rending descent through the rocky walls of the Malana gorge added to the mystique of the region.

From the bridge onwards, the grade is smooth, descending to the southwest along the left bank of Malana Creek. A one-hour walk takes you to the site of the Malana Power Project dam. Here, some dhabas provide food and tea. A jeep road to Jari (1,500 m/10 km) connects the site of the dam and, hopefully, you can take a taxi on your way to Malana or to the site of the dam.

Alternatively, one has to walk towards Jari. Follow the road (take shortcuts wherever possible) that descends south to a bridge that crosses the Parvati River near the machine house of the Malana Project. When crossing the bridge, exit the road and follow a path to get to Jari on the Kullu-Manikaran road.

For the more adventurous, this is a good option to cross one more pass before arriving at Kasol Village on the Kullu-Manikaran road. From Kasol, board a bus to Manikaran, the picturesque pilgrimage center just 4 km upstream along the Parvati River from here.

9. Pin Bhaba Pass Trek


The pin bhaba pass trek offers an incredible glimpse of the isolated valleys of Spiti, Pin and Kinnaur in the beautiful and little-known region of Himachal Pradesh. To get to Kafnu, the starting point, fly to Shimla and drive to Kafnu or fly to Kullu and drive to Kafnu through the Jalori Pass.

It is a gradual walk with a gradual climb, and continues to move in the same way along the Bhaba River. Passing through the rich deodar mixed forest, the last part of the ascent opens into a large meadow. The walk from Mulling to Kara takes you through rocks and meadows, and on the little walk between the two, you can see the Kara valley, like a large meadow.

There is a small and beautiful lake in Kara that offers a wonderful reflection of the powerful mountain ranges in front. From Kara, you enter the left valley. As you ascend gradually, the valley narrows, but the landscape will surely win your heart with alpine flowers at the bottom of the valley and waterfalls on the contiguous hills.

Travel to Phaldar by the Bhaba Pass (13,776 feet) also Tari Khango or Tarik la in seven or eight hours. The steep and rocky zig-zag path is home to the snowcocks. You can see them appear suddenly and then disappear so quickly camouflaging the surroundings. By crossing snow fields and rocky moraines, you reach the top where you can see the contrast that nature has created.

On the side of Spiti, you can see the rugged brown and barren mountains in contrast to the lush green valley of Spiti. Once at the top, you start to descend through a few glaciers and then hit the rocky moraines again. After walking for another hour, you enter an open valley with chocolate-colored mountains. You have to go down to the river. In this section, you cross the highest possible point of the walk to 16,000 feet.

After doing many mountain treks up and down, it is possible that this floor on small rocks is a bit boring, but the beautiful landscapes that surround it keep you busy by clicking on the images. As you walk forward, you can see the road that crosses the river that leads from the famous Pin Parvati Pass trek.

As you go through, you see a green patch with many Spitian houses, which is the village of Mudh that falls on the road on the last day of the walk. This day, walk all day through the Pin Valley National Park that is home to the elusive snow leopard. After arriving in Mudh, you can also go on a jeep safari to Kullu through the Rohtang Pass to see the beautiful Chandratal Lake.

10. Hampta Pass Trek


One of the most popular multi-day treks in India is the 4 day Hampta pass trek. Travel by bus until you reach Jobra. It takes about 5 hours to reach Balu Ka Gera. Shea Goru is a step used regularly for centuries by the shepherds and traders of the area. It takes between 3 to 4 hours to get from Chatru to Chandratal by van. The lake is 4200 meters above sea level and is located in the middle of Kullu Valley. Return by van to Manali (6 hours journey) and end this adventure.

11. Kalihani Pass Trek


The black glacier pass is an old shepherds' trail in Himachal Pradesh around the remote village of Bara Bhangal. This is a complicated technical crossing through the ice, glacier and moraine, culminating in a pass located at 4,725 meters above sea level. Although the gradient is moderate, prepare for abnormal hail storms, long walks and total isolation. But if that sounds like your idea of ​​heaven, this path is obligatory!

12. Thamsar Pass Trek


Start the trek with a walk in a forest of cedars and pine trees that extend to Manalsu. Ascend through the Khanpari Pass (3600 m). After the pass, descend to the Dohra Nalla camp. Continue with a gentle ascent through the forest and then through the rocks. Ascent to reach the pastures of Sangohar, at the foot of the pass of the Kalihali mountain (4800m).

Cross the Bara Bangla before reaching the Kalihali mountain (4800 m). The descent will be made by rocks, returning to the green of the grass only close to Gaddi Gote. The descent continues through the torrent of Soony. Rest in Devi drip a small temple built by the Gaddis (local shepherds) to protect the goats and rams. Camp in the quiet meadow of Lamba Phad.

Descent in the direction of Bara Bhangal. This town is inhabited only in the winter months by the famous Gaddis, the most famous shepherds of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The landscape becomes more rocky, going through the base of the Thamsar mountain. Ascent to the Thamsar Peak (3800 m), surrounded by two beautiful lakes of height, crossing a rocky terrain.

Descent through the forest to the small village of Raj gundha. Visit the village partially inhabited by the Gaddis.

13. Bara Bhangal Trek


Imagine a picturesque, quaint and untouched Himalayan village which is inhabited by roughly 150 to 200 people. This tribal village is called Bara Bhangal. Every year, it is literally cut off from the rest of the world for 9 months straight due to heavy snow on access routes, making it impenetrable from September until the gateways to this heavenly abode re-open around July.

The village lies in the Kangra District of the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. Ravi river originates from this village. So what makes this place so impenetrable? Well, it is flanked on all sides by the Dhauladhar, Pangi and Mani Mahesh mountain ranges of Himalayas. So to get there you have to hike over the mighty 4550 meters tall Thamsar pass.

From road head, this hike takes four days for a local to get to the village and this is considered the least risky access to Bada Bhangal. The pass itself is passable only for three months in a year during the monsoon season. The hike starts from Bada gaon village in Dist Mandi or from Kukar Gundha village across the river Uhl in Kangra Dist. However the trail head to the pass often gets shattered due to landslides and debris falls.

You can also hike from the resort town of Manali via 4800 meters high Kalihani pass. This route requires technical climbing, requires a similar time frame of 4 to 5 days, but requires traversing snow-bedded glaciers and moraines and is hence the road less taken!

You can also hike along the river Ravi from District Chamba. Although this route does not require one to cross the Himalayan passes, it is the least used route to get to the village as the trailhead is extremely risky being flanked by thousands of feet of deep gorges and rock faces.

14. Parvati Valley Trek


It is a one hour climb to the southeast to the top of the Rashol Pass (3,250 m) from the campsite. On the other side, the road descends to the southeast through a thick forest of conifers. The descent is difficult with certain sections being very steep. Negotiate Carefully Rhododendrons appear in large numbers near Rashol Village.

There is a cave shelter 1 km from the town. A suitable trail descends south from Rashol Village for approximately 2 hours, to Chalal Village on the right bank of the beautiful Parvati River. From here, the track descends to cross the river by a wooden bridge and then climbs the other side to reach Kasol (1,580 m) on the Kullu-Manikaran road.

15. Bhubhu Pass Trek


Here is a trek that is relatively easy, fast and isolated. Bhubhu Pass Trek is one of the lesser-known routes in Himachal Pradesh. It goes from the Kullu valley to the Kangra valley, following the paths that the locals use in the winter. The road passes through some very remote areas and includes trekking on a series of ridges with pristine views. The pass offers spectacular views of Indrasan (6,221 meters) and Deo Tibba (6,001 meters).

16. Churdhar Trek


Dominating the landscape of fields, forests and ravines is the Churdhar peak, which rises to 3647 meters and is a delight for trekkers hiking through Nahan and Renuka. It can be approached through Dadahu, Sangrah, Bhawal, Gandhuri and Nauhra and is a 50 km hike. From Nauhra it is a 16 km walk. The ascent is difficult, but rewarding.

The peak offers a beautiful view of the Gangetic plains and the Satluj river in the south, and Badrinath to the north. You can also see the hills of Shimla and Chakrata and the upper part. An alternative route to Churdhar is through Rajgarh, an orchard country. One can easily see Monal in the Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To come here in the remote village of Thonta, near the village of Nohradhar, approximately 350 kilometers from Deli in the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh is to sleep under millions of stars, to see the sunset beyond the horizon, to gather around fires to sing and to mingle with locals, other travelers and friends.

You can climb to the top of the mountains and to the highest peaks and walk the rails of the jungle. A remote destination of the Himalayas, in the middle of nowhere, ideal for meeting ourselves and new friends.

Sirmour district is still to be explored by most travelers and is home to many hidden and unseen treasures. Waterfalls, mountain trails, villages and temples paint the landscape, a unique way to experience the Himalayas. This destination is out of conventional destinations. It still holds the essence of the real lifestyle of an Indian Himalayan village.

17. Borasu Pass Trek


From Kalpa, head to the Thangi village (2896 m), starting point of the hike on the pilgrimage around the sacred Kinnaur Kailash mountain. Reo Purgyil is one of the best peaks or summits near Kinnaur. Reach the village of Chitkul (3450 m) in the valley of Sangla in 4 days of walk with crossing of the Charang pass (5150 m).

After a day of discovery in the valley of the Baspa river, between Sangla and Chitkul, leave on foot (10 days of walk) to reach the Har Ki Doon valley (3550 m) then Yamunotri (3200 m), in the Garhwal Mountains, after crossing the Borasu Pass (5150 m) and Yamunotri Pass (5170 m).

18. Rupin Pass Trek


Uninhabited by man, the Rupin Pass is 15,250 feet above sea level, begins at Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. The trekking route winds along the Rupin River and takes you through the icy slopes, rocks, glaciers, snow fields, wooden bridges, attractive villages, flowing rivers, expanses of grass and the evergreen Deodar forests. In addition, the view of the Kinner Kailash range is fabulous.

In addition to the different natural wonders, this trekking also offers camping opportunities in the middle of the jungle. Although the level of difficulty is moderate, but depending on the intensity of the snow, the route can become a challenge. Baraadsar lake is very close to prominent hikes such as Har Ki Dun and Rupin and Supin Valley.

19. Lamkhaga Pass Trek


This remote route from Himachal Pradesh ventures on the now classic route from Gangotri to Kinnaur. It is a strenuous, high-altitude trek (5,284 meters high) that is not for the faint-hearted. However, for the intrepid traveler, this is one of the most rewarding experiences in the Himalayas. June to October is the best season for this hike, but temperatures can be brutally cold, and blackouts are known to occur.

If you are embarking on this arduous journey, it is best to do so with an experienced and reputable organization; In addition, you will also need a permit, which is easier to do with professional assistance.

20. Sandakphu Trek, Bengal


Sandakaphu is a widely known trekking destination in West Bengal, located at 3365 m towards northwest Darjeeling. Sandakphu Phalut Trek is an exotically divine trek with interesting twists and turns and thrilling terrains. Its magnetism arises from the spellbinding views of four of the world’s five highest peaks of Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse and Mount Makalu.

Why does the path doesn't get old when everything else does? The bends, the rocky slides, the lands feel outlandish, the flowers don the smiles, the innocuous rocks along with wooden fires - the walk to Sandakphu and Phalut will teach you life in a very detailed yet fleeting way.

Learn the rhythm that best suits every walk of life. You understood that your personal demons can only be vanquished by yourself only. You understood the best way of meditation is walking.

Hit this in Rimbik or Manebhanjyang, about 51 kms from Darjeeling through Silerygaon. The road to Manebhanjang follows the path of Hill Cart Road that connects Darjeeling with the plains. In Ghoom (India's highest train station), exit Hill Cart Road and it will take another hour to get from Ghoom to Maneybhanjang.

Bengal's highest peak, Sandakphu, allows you to explore Lhotse, Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga and Makalu. To get to Sandakphu, you have to walk through the Singalila National Park. It will take you to Tonglu through Meghma (4 hours), which seems attractive enough to take a tea. It is a stop on the road along the trekking route to Sandakphu or Tumling.

Although the Tonglu trails can take you to Nepal, you'd better go to Sandakphu in this race against the rains that come without invitation. An easy trek through bamboo bays will meet you on your way to Gairibas the next morning. Here a small cabin for hikers is built, and you can fall asleep before hitting it again.

Once there, you can make a pit stop and clean the lens of your camera, since a whole forest of rhododendrons extends to Kalapokhri (3186 mts). Pack enough water, since the Sandakphu Phalut trek does not have a source of water. Now, you are only 2 hours from Sandakphu.

While you enjoy the views that have four of the five highest peaks in the world, do not forget to look down at the crystal clear waters of the icy meandering river, Teesta. You need an average of 4 days for this hike. You can also move by vehicle along the picturesque route to Uttarey where your trekking begins. Crossing a beautiful forest of rhododendrons arrive at Chitra where you can set up camp.

The descent can be done to Gorkhey, a charming little town. From there you can connect with Sikkim through a mountain pass of 3400 m (Goeche La), or you can continue down to Rimbick. Descent with a difference in altitude of 1,700 m in three hours to the lowest point (Srikhola at 1900 m altitude when crossing the river).

21. Dodital Trek


The Dodital Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most incredible trekking routes in Uttarakhand, where you can even ski in the winter season. The path goes through the wonderful Barsu and Barnala Bugyal, after which you climb the Barnala ridge where you can savor the panorama of Lake Barnala. Now, climb through the dense alpine forest, taking you to Dayara meadows.

Continue the road to Nimdhar, ending it, on the incredible Dodital Lake, surrounded by dense forests of pines, oaks and Deodar. The beautiful view of the Himalayas from one of the best trekking places in India is waiting for you. Lake Dodital is known for the birthplace of Ganesha. The route can start from Uttarkashi, Hanuman Chatti or Kalyani.

22. Har Ki Dun Trek


Arrive at the amphitheater of the gods! Boy! Har Ki Doon trek is a bundle of joy with its beautiful valleys and incredible views that seem taken from a fairy tale. Located at an altitude of 3566 m in the western Garhwal Himalayas Ganges, Har ki Doon is a moderate hike, offering wonderful experience for hikers.

Uttarakhand reveal the secrets of the inhabitants who live in the valley and still practice polygamy and worships Duryodhana, a Kaurava from the Mahabharata, as their deity. With an immense serenity and uncontaminated natural beauty, this hike has a wide and varied variety of flora and fauna. It is also said that this was the place from where the Pandava brothers came to.

The arduous trekking is a delight in the winter springs with everything covered by an ivory sheen. Walking along the snow-covered path, one can see the high peaks of the mountains that rise on both sides of the valley. The trail also has rare tree species of Bhojpatra and Brahmakamal also present in the Jaundar glacier and the Swargarohini glacier.

A little further on, you can camp near the traditional village of Osla, the highest in the valley. Hike through a side valley in an easterly direction through a pine forest. Camp in the surroundings of Lake Ruinsara Tal. The vegetation disappears as you ascend. Camp at the foot of the Yamunotri. Continue the ascent in high mountain.

Perhaps you will go through snow before arriving at the Yamunotri (5170 m). Descend to the meadows of Damni. Return to the forest and then to the sacred place of Yamunotri, which you will visit in the company of many pilgrims and sadhus. Descent along the path used by pilgrims and naga sadhus from the beginning of April to the end of October. Camp near Hanuman Chatti.

This winter trek should be on the list of enthusiasts. Climb the moraine of the Jaundhar Glacier to an altitude of 4,300 m, with the best views of the snow-capped peaks of the Swargarohini (6,252 m), the Bandarpoonch (6,361 m) and the majestic Kalanag (6,387 m).

23. Dhumdhar Kandi Pass Trek


If you are looking to escape the human race while you face the beast of a challenge, this lonely road could do the trick. The trip to the Damdar Kandi Pass is one of the most difficult in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and involves a long, arduous and stubborn climb.

For those who manage to do so, the uphill battle is rewarded by some of the most impressive views in the Himalayas, such as the Bandarpoonch and Swararohini peaks. You will also find a series of sanctuaries that are of profound religious importance to locals.

24. BrahmaTal Trek


An exceptional and exceptional winter trip, Brahmatal Trek could be the best walk of your life. A good amount of snow and a beautiful lagoon located between the snow-capped mountains are enough reasons to go on this winter trip. The trails meander through lush forests and beautiful meadows, which will surely leave you breathless. The views offered by this walk will leave you speechless with amazement and delight.

25. Nag Tibba Trek


Walk to the humble abode of Nag Devta. Humming with a rich diversity of birds and animals, Nag Tibba Trek is a visual gift for hikers for the first time. Be a spectator of the splendid views of Chanabang and Doon Valley and the great peaks of Gangotri. Enjoy views of Kedarth Peak, Bandarpoonch Peak, Changbang Peak and Gangotri Peak. It is a circular walk that at no point overlaps the road.

Therefore, enjoy a lot of delectable nature scenes. Another great thing about this trip is its exquisite camping. There are four routes to the Nag Tibba peak, the Pantwari village street is the most popular. The other routes are from the village of Devalsari, from the village of Antar and from Mangalori. Hikers should be very careful and cover the route during the day in order to avoid encountering bears.

26. Kalindi Khal Trek


With this tour you will visit some of the most famous religious sites and offers a varied variety of mammals to be admired. Kalindi Khal Pass is known for being one of the most famous hikes in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, but also one of the the most difficult. It is ideal for experienced hikers in excellent physical shape.

The expedition to high altitude begins in Gangotri and ends in Badrinath, where it is reached through Kalindikhal. Boulders, rocky outcrops, glaciers and snow make the trek challenging. During the trek you can stop at Tapovan (4250 m), Nandanvan (4500 m), Vasuki Tal (5300 m), Kalindi (5590 m), Kalindikhal (5948 m), Arwa Tal (3980 m) and Gashtoli (3600 m).

The upper part of this route offers the opportunity to visit half of the Garhwal region, from the Bhagirathi river valley to the Alaknanda river valley. You can also see snowy peaks such as Shivling, Satopanth, Vasuki, Chandra Parvat and Bhagirathi.

27. Gomukh Tapovan Trek


Experience striking sights of Mount Shivling and Bhagirathi group of mountains. In the Central Himalaya, this is one of the largest glaciers and also an awesome trek to view amazing peaks. The goal of this trek will be to ascend to this glacier to reach Tapovan. There is another new trek route leading to the Mukta Top.

The trail crosses the Gangotri before reaching Tapovan and its beautiful fields, furrowed with currents and scattered flowers. From here panoramic view on Shivling (6540m), Meru (6660m) and the massifs of Bhagirathi (6500m) is impressive. Chirbasa is a beautiful place to camp, covered with dense forests.

28. Kedartal Trek


Kedartal is a glacial lake located at an altitude of 4,750 m in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The lake is fed by falling snow on Thalay Sagar, Meru Peak, Bhrigupanth and other surrounding peaks, and is the source of Kedar Ganga, which in mythology is considered the contribution of Bhagirathi to a source of the current of Ganges.

Kedartal, at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri is a popular hiking destination. Starting at Gangotri the route involves a steep rocky climb along the narrow Kedar Ganga Gorge on the way to Bhojkharak, 8 km away. From there it is 4 km to the camping site next to Kedarkharak, and a further 5km to Kedartal. The route passes through picturesque birch forests of the Himalayas, but is through dangerous places of falling rocks, heights and segments of steep ascent.

29. Auden's Col Trek


One of the most difficult trek in the Garhwal region, trekking to Auden unites two valleys, the valley and the Rudragaira Bhilangana valley. From Gangotri, the Patangani Dhar path leads to the Nala field, through birches and pine forests. Continue with a one-day walk to the base camp of Rudra Gaira, which offers beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

The next stop is at the base camp of Gangotri, from where the walk to the base camp of Auden's Col begins. The lonely road through the Mayali Pass at 5200 meters above sea level is a walk of life. The walk to the Khatling glacier is exhausting but it is worth the effort for the impressive view. The descending path begins after Masar Tal, Vasuki Tal, which ends in Kedarnath. The exciting experience makes it one of the best summer tours in Uttrakhand.

Located at an altitude of 5,490 m, the Auden's Col is one of the high-altitude mountain passes of the Garhwal Himalayas. Trekking here is really a fascinating experience. Adore views of the Rudragaira, Jogin, Bhagirathi and Kedar Dome peaks.

30. Satopanth Trek


Satopanth Tal is a triangular lake with crystal clear green water. It is located at an elevation of 4600 meters above sea level. This place is one of the popular treks of Uttarakhand. it offers a majestic view of the beauty of Himalaya.

31. Valley of Flowers Trek


This beautiful national park is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. It was discovered by Frank S Smythe. People from all around the globe come and visit this area of magnificent beauty. All the nature lovers and botanists can find rare beauty in this location which makes it renowned globally.

Joshimath is located on the slope of the confluence of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers in Uttarakhand. Get mesmerized with natures splendor while trekking in Valley of Flowers that is located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere. The magic begins in the journey itself with calm lakes, quiet villages, gentle streams and dense forests on the way.

Imagine exploring the most magnificent wildflower cover you could ever think of. Get to appreciate the beauty of 300 species of wildflowers that also include 45 species of medicinal plants. And, consider yourself lucky if you get to spot the rarely seen tahr or Himalayan black bear. Near the Valley of Flowers is the sacred Hemkund lake.

Hemkund Sahib is a Gurudwara at an altitude 4332 m in Uttarakhand. It is the highest Gurudwara in the world.
Other than these facts, this place is magical. Take a dip in the freezing water of the lake beside the gurudwara and rejuvenate your body and soul. Sit inside the Gurudwara and listen to the ardas, you will find yourself in a different space.

There is also a temple of Laxman here. It is said that he meditated here. Guru Govind singh has also meditated here and had mentioned about this pristine lake surrounded by seven mountains in one of the granths written by him.

32. Kuari Pass Trek


Lord Curzon's greatest discovery, Kuari Pass in Uttarakhand is one of the best places to walk in December. The walk starts from Joshimath, which is a center developed for hikers and pilgrims. See the breathtaking views of the towering peaks of the Himalayas and the confluences of the buzzing of the rivers. Walk through the luxurious meadows of the Himalayas called Bugyals and the green forests of Oak and Deodar where you can even find the marks of a leopard or the Black Bear Himalayas.

Trek from Tali to Khulara (3,395m) through the Kuari pass, lasting five to six hours. The road climbs a ridge above Tali. From these hills the path leads through a large meadow with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Looking north, the view extends from the Trishul Gorges in the east to the Kedarnath peaks in the west.

North of Joshimath, the chain of Chaukhamba peaks, Nilkanth (6,596 m) and Narayan Parbat (5,965 m), Mana (7,272 m), Kamet (7,756 m) and Abi Gamin (7,355 m) extend to the Tibetan border. First the main chain of the Himalayas in the vicinity of the Bhyundar Valley and Kund Hem includes Nilgiri Parbat (6,474 m), Rataban (6,166 m), Ghori Parbat (6,708 m) and Hathi Parbat (6,727 m).

Dunagairi (7,066 m) dominates the summits to the north of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. March to the Kuari pass, around 4,000 m, an emblematic point between steep valleys and surrounded by sacred snow-capped peaks. Camp in Khulara. The most enthusiastic have the option of walking three hours to the Pangarchulla Peak, to catch a glimpse of the sunrise on the snowy peaks.

33. Nanda Devi Trek


Hugh Ruttledge, the famous English mountaineer, could not conquer this. After his second attempt, he became carefree and said that even getting an entry to the Nanda Devi National Park is a more difficult task than reaching the North Pole. Now, if you are a game for this appointment with the Himalayas, this is for you.

The trek starts from the village of Lata near Joshimath, from where you should take the ridge towards the camp at Lata Kharak. From here, you will see the peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Dronagiri, Hathi Parbat, Kagbhusandi Tal, lake full of mystery that can leave you stunned and Gauri Parbat. If you go to Semi Kharak the next day, do not forget to capture the throat of the Rishi Ganga River with your camera.

Make a tent here for a quiet and windy afternoon. The next day, go early to Jhandi Dhar, one of the steepest stretches. A really difficult stretch of 500 meters. Part of the town of Tolma, just to grant you a beautiful and unforgettable view of Nanda Devi. You need about 3 days for this walk.

34. Kafni Glacier Trek


Located south of Nanda Kot hill on the eastern side of the Pindar canyon, Kafni glacier is blessed with a pleasant and peaceful environment that has become popular with travelers. The places also have a spectacular flora and exotic fauna. The glacier road covers the same trek to Dwali, as the trekking to the Pindari glacier.

The Kafni Glacier is 12 km from Dwali via Byali Udiyar. The road is wide and covered by rhododendron trees in bloom. The main peaks of the Himalayas visible from here are Nandabhnar (6236 m) and Nandakot (6860 m). After Dwali, it is only possible to camp.

35. Pindari Glacier Trek


Between Nanda Devi Peak and Nanda Kot Peak, the Pindari Glacier is one of the most popular attractions in Uttarakhand, located in the upper Himalayas of Kumaon. Known as the soul of Kumaon by the locals, it has magnificent glaciers, gushing rivers, colorful flowers, waterfalls, dense forests and immense natural beauty.

An unmissable site for passionate photographers, nature lovers and adventurers, this glacier tour takes you through unknown towns and Dev Bhoomi sites known for their mythological connections. Admire the solid wooden decks where you can treat your eyes to the green surroundings while enjoying your summer vacation in Uttarakhand.

Near is the famous Kafni glacier trek route. This glacier is popular with beginners and expert hikers. Do not forget to interact with the friendly locals.

36. Panchachuli Base Camp Trek


Located in the snow-capped mountains, the Panchachuli base camp begins in the Darma Valley in the Pithoragarh district. With stunning natural views, the path to the Panchchuli glacier in the Kumaon Himalayas is adorned with snow-capped peaks, diverse flora and fauna, flowing rivers, alpine meadows and attractive landscapes.

Located along the Dhauliganga River, the trekking route, located in the east of the Kumaon Himalayas, is like a link between the Darma Valley and the Gori Ganga Valley. Dar is the last road that is about 42 km from Dharchula. The walk to the glacier is pleasant. The walk takes you through tribal villages such as Sela, Bongling, Duktu, Nagling, Baaling and Duktu which are next to the Dhauliganga River and dense forests of Himalayan cedar, Bhojpatra and conifers.

The 5 snow-capped mountains of Panchachuli offer an impressive spectacle and embellish Him Khand, the Yuli River surrounded by the lush forests of Deodaar and the coniferous trees. The scenic beauty during the entire trip is unparalleled.

37. Roopkund Trek


Roopkund is a beautiful and attractive tourist destination at the base of two peaks of the Himalayas which are Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. Roopkund Lake is also known as the Mystery Lake or Skeleton Lake and is a glacial lake located in the Chamoli district in Garhwal. The radiocarbon dating suggests that the skeletons buried there have been almost 800 years in that place, when a large group of people died in a hail.

With a depth of only two meters, human remains can be seen at the bottom of the lake when the snow melts. This mystery has attracted so much attention that the National Geographic decided to present it in a documentary.

This place is best during the summers as Roopkund remains covered in snow throughout the year. One can also enjoy the Nanda Devi Raj Jat ​​Yatra here. Although any time of year is good to be chosen to try Roopkund trek but if you like snow and challenging walks then May and June are perfect and if you want to see the mysterious skeletons then you can opt for September or October.

The lake is located on the route to the pilgrimage site of Nanda Devi Temple through Karnaprayag, one of the 5 confluences of the Alaknanda River. Travel to Srinagar and visit Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag and Rudraprayag. Trekking to Lake Roopkund takes about seven and nine days where hikers cross religious sites, lush forests, waterfall streams, clean snow and summits of Trisul.

If you're hiking in India, the Roopkund trek is a must with its deep virgin forests, bubbling streams, breathtaking campsites, miles of rolling meadows, snow and ice, and the taste of a great adventure climbing from 8,000 feet to 16,000 feet. This place is close to the famous hill stations like Nainital and Kathgodam. This hike begins in Lohajung, following one ascent after the other until Ran ki Dhar, then to Bhagwa Basa and finally to Roopkund.

The trek is known for having challenging terrain with oak-filled forests near Wan village and crossing the alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal meadows and beautiful snow-covered peaks. When you reach this point of the hike, it takes you to the another level, sit there and enjoy the views. From these gorgeous meandering meadows one can easily witness the astonishing views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Gunti.

Pathar Nachuni is located at the foot of a mountain, at the top of which lies the Kalu Vinayak temple. To get to Patar Nachuni from Bedni Bugyal, you will have to travel a distance of 4 to 5 kilometers in about 4 hours.

It's a relatively simple walk. After the initial climb, there is a gradual climb followed by a gentle descent all the way to Pathar Nachuni, following the path until you reach Bhagwabasa, passing by the Kalu Vinayak temple which is at an altitude of 14,550 feet. It is a vertical zigzag ascent that takes 3 hours to reach the Kalu Vinayak temple, followed by a 2-hour descent to the Bhagwabhasa region.

Roopkund is only 3 kilometers from the Bhagwabasa camp and climbing it takes about 3 hours. Even in the summer, this entire stretch is covered in snow. Make a short stop at Ghairoli Patal, which is also a camping area. Descend to the bottom of the valley to find the Neel Ganga river. It may be a good idea to cool off for a while in the river waters after an arduous downhill hike. From the river, there is only one uphill walk until you reach the village of Wan.

38. Panch Kedar Trek


Covering five Shiva shrines in the enchanting Kedar Valley, the Panch Kedar trek offers an unforgettable experience, away from the chaos of the city. Ideal for planning a vacation in Uttarakhand, the trekking attracts both beginners and experienced trekking enthusiasts. The path is a wonderful mixture of serenity and beautiful landscape charm.

The trip begins in Kalpeshwar, famous for its rock temple where the hair of Lord Shiva has appeared. Continue to Rudranath, known to be the place where Lord Shiva appeared. The Tungnath village, the central point of the trek, has the Tungnath temple, the highest temple of Shiva in the world. Then there is Madhya Maheshwar.

Madhyamaheshwar or Madmaheshwar is the fourth temple to be visited on the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit, comprising five temples of Shiva in the Garhwal region. The other temples on the circuit are Kedarnath, Tungnath and Rudranath. The journey ends at Kedarnath. From Gaurikund, it is necessary to trek 1500 meters of unevenness and 14 km on foot until finally arriving at Kedarnath.

39. Chandrashila Trek


Located at about 2,650 meters high is Chopta, in the Garhwal region. Chopta is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and is well known as a base point for a walk to Tunganath temple and further to Chandrashila peak. Ukhimath is located 31 KM from Chopta, where the deity of Kedarnath moves in winters. There are local temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati.

Chandrashila is the summit of the Tungnath. It literally means moon rock. It is located at an altitude of about 4,000 meters above sea level. This peak offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas, especially Nanda Devi, Trisul, Kedarkantha, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. There are several legends associated with this place.

The trip to Chandrashila through Chopta and Tungnath is a delightful experience thanks to the paths surrounded by forests, the beautiful flowers that open in full season, the lake Deoria Tal, the soft snow and the different bird species that fly over the region. Considered one of the easy treks in the Himalayas, this route can be visited throughout the year.

Tungnath mountain range is always the starting point of the trip to the top of the Chandrashila, and in addition, it has the highest Shiva Temple in the world, located at 3,680 meters high. It is believed that Tungnath is more than 1,000 years old.

Deoria Tal, at an altitude of 2438 meters, is a lake that offers hypnotizing reflections of the Chaukhamba Range in its crystal clear water. One needs to drive around 12 KMs to Sari Village of Ukhimath and from Sari Village one can reach Deoria Tal by a 2 KM walking route.

Guptkashi is 13 KM from Ukhimath. The ancient temple of Vishwanath, the temple of Ardhnareshwar and Manikarnik Kund, where it is believed that the two streams of Ganga and Yamuna are found, are the main attractions in Guptkashi. From Ukhimath and Khirsu you can see spectacular views of the Himalayas. Panwali Kantha Trek in Uttarakhand is a remote path that is physically demanding due to its steep uphill climb.

Trekking in the Himalayas is not just an awesome adventure to thrill. It is an experience of a lifetime.
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With a lot of wonderful spots to visit, if you are on an excursion to the heavenly places of India, here are the famous tourist spots to visit in India.

1. Darjeeling, Bengal


Darjeeling, one of the most popular hill stations in North India. Darjeeling is famous for so many reasons like Himalaya Peaks, valleys, treks, monastery, momos, toy train, tea plantation and more. If you are the one who wants to visit Darjeeling and looking for the best places to visit then find here:

Welcome to Darjeeling, a beautiful hill town situated at an altitude of 6,700 feet in West Bengal, in the lower Himalayan range. Darjeeling is famous all around the world for its amazing teas. Very truly, its the tea paradise of India. The famous tea estates of authentic Darjeeling tea has made the tea suppliers flourishing day and night.

Here the air is pure, the clouds wind between the peaks and the deep red robes of the monks remind you that Tibet is not far. Darjeeling is located in the border with Nepal, which in your guide Lonely Planet guide appears as West Bengal.

From temples to museums, to waterfalls to stunning views of the mountain, there are a lot of places to explore and experience in Darjeeling. The normal thing is that tourists (travelers, nomads or whatever you want to define) arrive in Darjeeling from Calcutta, Varanasi or Nepal.

Chowrasta area is the upper part of the city since Darjeeling is on a hillside. This is where are all the movies are shot, backpackers, shops, cafes in the British colonial style and everything you need. As you take the Mall road from the right side of Chowrasta Mall, about 100 yards away you will find flights of stairs that lead towards the Observatory Hill and the Mahakal Temple.

Mahakal Temple is on a hill top is one of the best spots in Darjeeling to observe the panoramic views of the mountains. However, it's not too high. It takes about 15 minutes of uphill walk to reach to the top. While the walk may be tiring, the rewards are awesome. A great place for prayer and meditation.

The Observatory Hill is located at the Mall area and is encircled at its bottom by the Mall Road. As you walk along the Mall road, you will see this steep hill rising on one side. And Mahakal market is just beside.

The Toy Train network was finished in the year 1881. One can expect amazing views of the town and the mountain beauty during the ride. It takes around 2–3 hours for the whole experience.

Darjeeling Ropeway is India’s first cable car, carrying people at an altitude of 7000 feet. One can experience beautiful views of the big tea estates, waterfall, and Kanchenjunga.

Watching Tiger Hill sunrise is one of those activities which must definitely be done during your visit. The trek starts early morning around 3:30–4 am. The view of the sunrise is just breathtaking along with the view of the snow-capped mountains.

Barbotey Rock Garden is a lush green garden with a beautiful waterfall, amazingly carved rocks, and a flower garden.

2. Coorg, Karnataka


Coorg is in the list of best family holiday destinations in India. To experience the pleasant and cool climate during the summer, you can visit Coorg, which is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka in summer season. Coorg is a lush green hill station in Karnataka and the weather here stays calm and cool throughout the year attracting the maximum tourists all around from India.

Coorg is also known as Kodagu. It is said that this place haunts you forever by its timeless beauty. This city offers a fascinating past, captivating beauty, great food and subtle aromas of coffee plantations, oranges and honey. Described as the Scotland of India, it is located at 1,525m above sea level in the Western Ghats region.

This beautiful place is famous for the coffee gardens and the pleasant weather. Some other locations here which you can enjoy includes the Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls where you can enjoy some amazing water adventurous activities and can capture beautiful pictures there.

In the Nagarhole National Park and Dubare Elephant camp you can enjoy the most because here you can ride on an elephant and it's really amazing also to roamed out in the whole park with joy. Raja's seat is famous for the beautiful sceneries and is a photogenic place to capture some beautiful photos for Instagram.

The Nishani Motte Trek is a off the beaten track, perfect for those looking for an adventure experience. The top offers an incredible view of Brahmagiri and throughout the route you can admire the charm of the meadows and forests. For a different type of romantic experience, visit waterfalls such as the Abbey falls and Irupu falls.

3. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh


For those who want to find the best tourist places in south India, Horsley Hills serves the best holiday spots in may. Pack your bag and begin your journey towards Horsley Hills, located in the center of Chittoor. Consequently, this hill serves the best iconic alluring beauty, magnificent mountains, and watch astounding sunsets.

Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Horsley Hills is a picturesque hill town located at 1300 meters above sea level. The city is very close to the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and you can also find the Sambar deer early in the morning if you are lucky. The city was discovered by the British in the nineteenth century and then became a summer retreat.

The Horsley Hills are famous for their picturesque surroundings and dense vegetation. One can also enjoy adventure sports activities such as Zorbing in Horsley Hills. Go to Horsley hill museum, Mallamma Temple and Highview point view to enjoy the serene beauty of the hills.

4. Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh


Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the urban localities is Hamsaladeevi Beach around 100 KM from Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This is the place where river Krishna merges into Bay of Bengal. Waking up at dawn and driving from Vijayawada to Hamsaladeevi beach to witness a lovely Sunrise! Isn't it fun to drive in the morning mist through paddy fields and the canals towards the beach.

It's roughly around 90–95 KM from Vijayawada and will take a bit long due to the double lane road and with a river on one side and farms and villages on the other.

5. Auli, Uttarakhand


Auli is a popular Himalayan skiing resort and sloping hill station in the north Indian territory of Uttarakhand. It's encompassed by the tall coniferous and oak wood trees, in addition to the Nanda Devi range and Nar Parvat mountain range. A long link vehicle joins Auli to the town of Joshimath.

In the North of Auli is situated reverential Badrinath Shrine, a popular Hindu journey site, and the Valley of Flowers National Park as well. Its lush high greenery and untamed lifelike snow panthers and red foxes attract everyone.

6. Lakshadweep


Are you a beach bump and searching for best beach vacations destinations to travel? Lakshadweep is the name. It has rich marine life, crystal blue waters, adventure sports. If you want to sunbath on the beach, Lakshadweep must be in your summer vacation destination list.

This island is a least unexplored territory of India. Reaching here is a bit of a task as there are only two options – an all night ferry from Cochin or an expensive flight via the same place. If you’re planning to visit Lakshadweep, plan well in advance as the island has limited staying options. Its beautiful and perfect if all you're interested in is the water and the marine life.

If you are traveling for a honeymoon then you must visit Agatti, Bangaram, Kadmat islands. A bewitchingly beautiful and breath taking island in Lakshadweep, Bangaram is uninhabited island surrounded by a shallow lagoon enclosed by coral reef. Here the sun, sand and surf will cast a sell on you that you’ll never forget. In spite of its charming beauty the island is comparatively underrated among others in Lakshadweep.

It is located over 400 km off Kochi and 525 km from Kollam Port in the Indian Ocean. The atoll is about 7 km northeast of the Agatti Island and 25 km to the southeast of Perumal Par in the western Lakshadweep archipelago. The best part about Kadmat is the tip of the island. There's water coming from three sides at the same time and its really awesome! Carry only BSNL Sim because there is no other mobile network in Lakshadweep.

7. Ooty, Tamil Nadu


Not mentioning Ooty in the list of must to visit romantic places in India will be a crime. Otherwise known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is a sloped station situated in the foothills of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. A charming town in Tamil Nadu, known for its tea gardens.

Ooty is considered as the queen of the Hill stations. Enshrined inside the beauty of Nilgiri Hills, Ooty is a place for all those who love the chilling cold and morning cold tea, especially from the tea plantations of Ooty. A plethora of things to do if you are planning to visit Ooty.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Lake, Stone House, Fernhill Palace, St. Stephen’s Church, Pykara Waterfall, Botanical Garden, Dolphin's Nose, Lamb's Rock, Pine Forest, Kamaraj Sagar Lake are some of the famous tourist places to visit in Ooty.

8. Kashmir


Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination in the heavenly region of Kashmir. It tops the list of honeymooners and several other tourists and is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The valley is indeed spectacular with stunning and unmatched landscape with amazing hospitable people. Grab any chance to visit the valley!

There's absolutely no such specific timing to visit. It depends on what you want to experience. Also it might vary from region to region slightly for example, Srinagar is warmer than Pahalgam. Pahalgam and Gulmarg records temperatures lower than -10 degrees C.

If you want to see patches of green everywhere - amazing green meadows, stunning flowers and pine trees, then it's going to be post March preferably April to June, but if you want to experience only snow with frozen lakes, then it's going to be January or February. Upside of going in winter is less crowded regions and readily available accommodation whereas in Summer, there would be long queues everywhere in the touristy places in the valley.

In January, it snows hard with lot of powdery snow making it great for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding and in February the snow starts to settle which is still good for these activities as well but also great for driving around, horse riding and taking great pictures. Be ready with good amount of warm clothes during the winter months from November through March where actual temperature is low and feels lower, as it lies in the lap of the mighty mountains.

9. Andaman & Nicobar Islands


Are you a beach bump or water sports enthusiast? One of the fastest emerging tourist and honeymoon destinations, Andaman & Nicobar Islands are well known for its white-sand beaches, tropical rain forests and mangroves. Andaman and Nicobar has all things that travelers want from a beach from ancient ruins, water to treks. Travelers can board on a ship from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag. The ship sails 3 to 4 times in a month and takes around 50 to 60 hours to reach Port Blair.

10. Giridih, Jharkhand


Parasnath is a Jain temple on the highest mountain peak in Jharkhand. Situated at 7 km uphill from the ground, one has to climb this by walking, so people prefer to visit in winter. Khandoli Dam and Usri Falls witness a good footfall around New Year. People from all over Jharkhand and mostly West Bengal) visit here for picnic.
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Are you not motivated by the idea of having a more conventional type of pet? Some time ago I was thinking about writing about the rabbit as a domestic pet. I shared my life with Bunny for 8 years and without a doubt, it was the most beautiful experience I can remember. I am also going to give you a series of guidelines so that you can take good care of your rabbit.

Today more than ever it's worth talking about this extraordinary creature. If you want to have a domestic partner, having a rabbit may be a great option. Among other reasons because they do not need so much care.

Bunny was always quiet and peaceful. It did not usually cause problems that can disturb neighbors. And also, if you have more pets at home it will not be a problem because they adapt fast. I still remember when my little Bunny first became friends with the pet cat of mom. It was amazing to see them all together, interact and play every day.

You do not have to do a lot of exercises, and they are very affectionate. Bunny responded very well to all the expressions of affection that I gave it. Bunny was very intelligent and was very easy to raise it. It filled my life with love and joy by seeing that sweet little face. But like any animal, you must pay attention and get specific care guidelines.

Long Memories of My Bunny and Me

Whether it lives inside or outside, you will need a cage or a place of its own, where it can feel safe and have privacy. Because let's face it, animals also need their space, and a rabbit will not be any less.

If your rabbit is going to be alone a lot of time especially if you spend many hours outside working. Look for a very wide cage, where it can stretch, stand, play and in a way, have freedom of movement. Do not fall into the error of buying a small cage. Because you may get a baby but it will soon grow and will need more living space.

The bigger the cage, the heavier and happier your hairy one will be. It is important that the cage is robust and without thin wires that can cause injury. It is also important that there is a wooden board so that the rabbit can rest, and not step on the wire all the time. And if you are a crafty person, a good wooden cage in a duplex model will be amazing.

Also, inside Bunny's cage, I put a pair of wooden trunks to stretch its paws and also rub its teeth, which it always did. In my house, the cage used to be open in my room. Bunny would go in when it wanted to eat or rest, but it had all the freedom to go all over the house. I only worried about covering up conflictive areas such as windows and cables.

Do not forget that rabbits need constant physical and social stimuli. In my case, many times when we would eat, Bunny sat nearby or sat next to me when watching TV. It is about integrating your bunny into your life. It should feel that it is part of your family, so the relationship will be very close.
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