Weekend treks near Delhi for beginners !

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.

– John Muir

And the numbers are only going to get better. Gradually, there has been an increase in the number of people taking up treks in India and learning that it can be a lot of life and recreation.

The following treks near Delhi can be done in a weekend/extended one. I would though always recommend adding a day to explore places nearby and so that you are not in any kind of hurry. Take your time. That is the objective.

Tips before trek:

  1.    Trekking may not be a walk in a park. Don’t let the exhaustion wear you down. Just keep on taking small steps and moving forward. Jogging and squats from two weeks prior to trek will help. 
  2.     Do not bring your home/city/comfort to the trek. You already are home.

1. Triund 

Triund

Triund undoubtedly is one of the most popular treks in India and is the best for a novice. It can be covered in a weekend although it would be better if you take another day and spend some time exploring places nearby.

Breathtaking views all along the trail and view of the snow-capped mountains from the top. This trek can be a perfect start for your next trekking adventures.

While you would find posts terming it as an easy one, it is definitely going to trouble absolute beginners who have no experience. It would take around 3.5-5 hours to cover the 9kms trek from Mcleodganj or 7kms from Dharamkot. I would recommend one to spend a couple of weeks jogging and preparing for the trek. The trek can be done either from Mcleodganj or Dharamkot.  Snowline is an option if you have an urge to trek further. (Snowline is about 1-1.5 hours from Triund)

Moral Duty: Pay a visit to Namgyal monastery(also the residence of Dalai Lama), Shiva Cafe (near Bhagsu falls), St. John’s church, Tibetan food including Thukpa and Thenthuk, stuff yourself with  bakery food

Free advice: Stay at Dharamkot away from the hustle-bustle of the city, a 2 3 day trip.

Height: 9,350 ft.

Time: 3.5- 5 Hrs

2. Nag Tibba


Nag tibba
Some 60 km from Mussoorie, starts an 8kms  less travelled-to trek from the village Pantwari. It is advisable to do this trek between October-March since it will be pretty tiring in the scorching sun the rest of the year. The route is not the easiest one and will require the help of a guide which has to be done at the village itself. Camping and food will be provided by them.

The trek is steep and will remain so for the first 5kms and there is no food/water facility anywhere until the campsite. Just when you think that the trek is taking a toll on you, you will be invited by a well tread-on trail in the dense forests and it is the best part. The hike to the Nag Tibba mandir campsite is going to take around 4-5 hours. I got the best view up there with the place filled with grazing cattle and the shepherds.

The trek to the summit can be taken the next morning.
** 3-day trip recommended.

Moral Duty: Camp at Nag Tibba mandir, to avoid an overhyped filthy waterfall(your call), Cheese Omelette at Lovely Omelette Centre, Char Dukan and church at Landour

Height: 9,914 ft.

Time: 4-5 hrs to Nag Tibba mandir

Nag tibba camp

3. Prashar Lake

Prashar lake templeThis is a hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh and words fall short to describe the surreal beauty of the Pagoda style temple at 9000 ft. and the lake with the floating island.

The trek starts from Baggi village which is around 1.5 hours from Mandi. The rocky terrain will form the first hour of the 7.5 km trek. It is better to ask locals at Baggi regarding the exact turn from this track which leads to the forest. I and my brother got lost in the middle and had to find our way back. Gradually the trail will become steep and you may not find a lot of people on the way. (We found none.)

In the end, the result of this tiresome trek will be more than satisfying. You will also enjoy the 180-degree view of the snow capped mountains.

Buses to Mandi from Delhi run every day and it is convenient to take the bus overnight and start the trek in the morning.

***To reach Baggi village may not be easy with very few buses on that route. Also, inquire before stepping on the bus since there are two villages with the same name.

Recommended: Stay at the artistic temple itself and live the divine and angelic night under a starry sky

Height: 8,957 ft

Time: 4-5 hrs

Prashar lake

4. Kareri Lake

Kareri lake- The Raw Traveller

Still pristine and lesser known is this 12 km long trek that starts from Kareri village. As a beginner with little experience, if you are looking for a trek in the mountains near Delhi and need some fresh air along with some spectacular views, the trek to Kareri lake fits the bill perfectly.

The trek starts from Kareri village which is under 2 hours from Dharamshala.

How to reach: Dharamshala>> Ghera>> Kareri

Limited buses(2-3 in the whole day) run from Dharamshala to Ghera village(1-hour distance). Please inquire at the Dharamshala bus stand about the timings since it keeps changing. Shared jeeps ply from Ghera to Kareri(half an hour). Needless to say, take an overnight bus from Delhi to Dharamshala.

Height: 9,625 feet.

Time: 5-6 hours.

Read full blog: Solo trek to Kareri lake !

5. Kheerganga 

Kasol- way to Kheerganga

Kheeganga is a 16 km trek in the Parvati valley starting from Bashaini. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here and kheer (Indian dessert) used to flow from the Himalayas, which is now the Ganga river.

Don’t let the km deceive you. In fact, it is the easiest of the above. The trial is well laid with gradual ascent after the halfway mark where you would find a bridge connecting one mountain to the other. The flow of the river is majestic and the refreshing sound will accompany you till the top.

You will find a lot of small shops and cafes throughout the trail. The food is amazing and the view of the glorious mountain peaks at night will definitely reassure the presence of some divine force here. Add to that, natural hot water springs. A dip here and you would not want to be out for long.

Barshaini can be reached by bus or taxi which can be hired from Kasol.  Buses to Kasol run every day from Delhi. Prefer an overnight one.

Must do: Bathe in the hot springs at Kheerganga and Manikaran, trek and stay at Chalal village, Israeli food, Hello to the Queen(dessert), You know it better

Height: 9,711 ft. 

Time: 5-6 hrs

Kheerganga- view from the cafe window

Read: All my treks here.

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Why is travelling so important !

10 hours of work, 8 of sleep and the rest lost in between. Is this what you were looking for or imagined to spend your days like?

While the oil may not have spilt for many of us, we have but forgotten to notice the Persian tapestries and the garden that the Master of Gardeners took years to create. (read: two drops of oil)

Well, I can give you thousands of reason to travel. In fact, if you ask me, for most of the problems the solution can be travel.

So why is travelling so important?

1. PERSPECTIVE

Things change when you leave the familiar faces and places that you see every day. You get to know that people may have a completely different approach to life which may not match yours. It may change your own views and life may never be the same again.
One thing is for sure – it is going to transform in a way you have not known.

Perspective- Why travelling is so important

2. BREAK

Daily routine life can suck in life out of anybody. Doing the same thing over and over makes one mentally tired. Setting foot in distant lands gives a much-needed break to your mind. You realize there is much more to life. Stay in a remote place and try doing ‘nothing’. Remember ‘Leisure‘ by W.H.Davies?

Break- Why travelling is so important

3. ADVENTURE

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
-Helen Keller

But who pays heed to what Keller has to convey! I see most people planning every hour/day of their journey and any kind of deviation annoys them. Let the journey take over and be ready for the unknown. Adventure would be around the corner. Try adventure activities that scare you. Take that plunge mate.

Adventure- Why travelling is so important

4. KNOWLEDGE

Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.

The best form of learning happens when you are out there in the open experiencing things and talking to strangers that you will never learn in any organization. Travel teaches you economics, geography, politics, history, psychology and philosophy in the most natural and raw form no class can.

Knowledge- Why travelling is so important

5. NATURE – Its vastness and beauty

When you hit the road you realize that it just goes on. From cities to towns, villages, stretches of barren land, deserts, mountains. It just goes on. The more you travel, the more you become cognizant of the vastness of the lands and seas and how little you know.

Mesmerizing landscapes, expansive nothingness, architectural wonders. It can give you a picture for every thought and emotion.

What are you waiting for?

Nature- Why travelling is so important

6. PATIENCE

Things may always not go in the manner you have wanted. Delays, weather, uncontrollable events. You may crib in the beginning as I used to or you can learn to be patient. Eventually, if you have travelled much, you will learn the art of composure in those situations. Just sit back and enjoy the time.

On a somewhat related note, I once tried to enter into an Omelette shop in Mussorie and to my amusement, the shopkeeper restricted me and told me to wait. There was a 1-hour queue outside the shop which I had failed to notice. In 70 minutes my taste buds experienced the best cheese omelette in the country.
See! the reward of being patient.

Patience- Why travelling is so important

 

7. FITNESS/HEALTH

Hiking is an important aspect of travel. While trekking will increase your stamina and fitness, you will enjoy a better state of mind which is equally important as physical. Start hiking now so that you can enjoy your fitness and not behave like ’50s in your 20’s and 30’s.

It can start small. Read Treks near Delhi for beginners

Fitness - Why travelling is so important

Though words can move one, for travelling it is imperative that you just start. Once you have, you will need no other stimulus.  Travel itself will inspire to travel more and will egg you on to discover roads less travelled and mountains less climbed.