“Mountains are calling and you must go!” The idea of embracing fresh mountain air is appealing to every wandering soul. There’s nothing better than walking amidst blossoming green valleys and forests, hearing the melody of rivers and simply soaking in the untainted beauty of nature.
So how about exploring some of the most scenic places in India that would make you itch to go for a run? Don your sturdy shoes and get ready to be out of breath as you trek through some spectacular places. PlushEscapes travel experts curated the list below in support of Pinkathon 2015, India’s largest women’s marathon that is focused on promoting women’s health and fitness.
If you are someone who enjoys taking in the simple joys of pastoral life, Kasol, a beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh, is your go-to abode. It’s not just a great place for trekking, it also gives you an excuse to mingle with the village folk and learn about their lives. And, to make your experience even better, you can stay at The Himalayan Village resort that offers a number of hikes and treks ranging from a day to ten days.
Savour the serenity of the lakes in Bhimtal – a picturesque town in Uttarakhand. With scenic terraced fields, pretty villages and forests, you will get plenty of opportunities to trek in and around Bhimtal. Sojourn at Fredy’s Bungalow and enjoy the peace. And while you’re there, discover hiking trails close by!
Manali is a haven for trekkers. There are dense forests, flora and fauna, sprawling valleys and a beautiful countryside, which are best explored on foot. If you choose to stay at Tall Trees Resort, you get an experienced local guide to show you around. You can choose easy trails or strenuous climbs, depending on your fitness level.
Witness the splendour of the snow-clad Garhwal Himalayas and lush forests in Kanatal in Uttarakhand. There are a wide variety of activities to engage in, such as trekking and valley crossing. You might also want to indulge in some picnics and night camping in the forests, which are easily made available at The Terraces resort. And if you make it there during winters, enjoy the snow, too!
The succulent apple orchards of Kullu beckon you to take a trip back to your childhood. And you wouldn’t mind, right? There are a bunch of treks and hikes to choose from – moderate to strenuous hikes to terraced fields, pine forests, waterfalls and many other stunning sites. Your stay at Neeralaya Raison would make your hiking experience even better as they provide you with informed guides to take you around.
Trekking is an exceptionally blissful experience in Rishikesh, for there are trails that introduce you to the region’s pristine treasures – forests, temples and villages. You can make Atali Ganga, an idyllic resort, your base to explore Rishikesh and its surroundings. You can go for long nature walks along with a local guide or follow your own path. It’s your pick!