A recreational activity that not just rejuvenates your body, but soul. Trekking is a recreational activity which involves exploring a lesser known region on foot. Mostly, a trekking activity is done on mountain in rugged and rural regions. It generally does not require any specific skills, however having a certain fitness level makes it easier to undertake and enjoy this activity. Due to the nature of terrain that you opt for trekking, it often includes backpacking, hiking and rock climbing.
Trekking as an activity may last for as little as a few hours to a few days depending on the region and terrain you opted. It takes you know the nature from a near little and experience the flora and fauna. Trekkers usually experience several different topographies and weather conditions while passing from forest areas, mountains, remote villages, etc. Trekking is worth an experience since you get a chance to celebrate nature, explore the most remote and isolated surroundings away, far away from the city life chaos.
There are several mountain ranges where trekking activity is done in India and it includes western and eastern range of the mighty Himalayas and there are quite a few places in the Southern India where trekking is quite popular. Starting from Northern Indian, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, a paradise of trekkers can be found. While if we head to the East India, the range of eastern Himalayas surrounding Darjeeling, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are quite popular among trekkers.
Typically, there is no specific time to go for trekking in India however the best time to consider is between May and October. Most of the terrains are open for trekkers round the year, however, it is advisable for the newbies to avoid the monsoon season as most terrains are rugged and treks gets slippery. Also, many of the trekking destinations in India are under the forest department and hence it requires proper trekking licenses and permits to pass through areas.
Trekking is also quite common among the religious devotees of the northern Himalayan region as many of the Hindu shrines are situated in J&K, Himachal and Uttarakhand regions of North India and therefore a massive chunk of people also does trekking in India to visit these shrines.
A few popular religious trekking destinations in India are Badrinath, Kedernath, Tunghnath, Nag Tibba, Joshimath, Vaishno Devi, Gangotri and Yamnotri.
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