Do you enjoy a good walk? Then maybe you'll enjoy a good hiking experience
within the mountainous regions of India too. Hiking does not require an
experienced walker. You have to be fit and healthy and courageous enough to
take up challenges. In India, Hiking is not just restricted to Himalayan
regions, the lower altitude regions of the Western Ghats and Nilgri Hills
also provide some pretty good options to enjoy a nice hike.
Tips For Hiking in India
Ofcourse hiking involves walking, but there are certain things every hiker
should keep in mind, before taking up the next hiking trip. Firstly, the
clothing should be of a fabric that provides a breather to your skin and
allows your body to shed excess heat and sweat while feeling dry, so avoid
cotton because it retains sweat and doesn't release it to evaporate. For
cold weather, look for polypropylene such as Capilene, Thermion, Thermax and
Thermastat or silk undershirt. For warm weather - CoolMax, Supplex, or
polyester microfiber are good choices for base covering. Upon this you could
wear a shirt and pants of wool, fleece, pile, or down. A windproof and
water-resistant jacket worn loosely also works as a good clothing option,
which can be removed when you start feeling warmer after walking.
The right hiking shoes for your feet can make all of the difference for
walking comfort and an enjoyable hike tour. A hiker should also have a
variety of shoes to meet different climates and surfaces. If your walks are
taking up natural paths and off-beaten tracks, you may want more rugged
shoes. Look for the lighter weight variety shoes for hike and those with
some flexibility and are waterproof. The socks should also be made from
CoolMax, polypropylene, or other woven fabric as they wick away the sweat to
evaporate and help prevent blisters. Other things that a hiker has to carry
include hat, waist packs, hike backpacks, water bottles, sunscreen and hike
tour route maps.
One should drink water before, during, and after hiking in India. Your comfort and
stamina depends on getting enough water while walking. A hiker needs to
drink every half hour if walking at a moderate pace, more often if you are
sweating it. For some maybe getting lost or wandering in the middle of
nowhere becomes enjoyable and exciting, but for most it's a frustrating and
scary experience that's why carrying a route map always helps. No hiker
should set out on a hike tour without a trail map and compass, and neither a
walker should head out without having any idea about the route.
Hiking Regions In India
in Himachal Pradesh:
For those who can spare just two or three days of walking time, there are
some pretty good hiking options available in Himachal Pradesh. Suggested
ones include a drive to Kullu and reaching the roadhead at the Manikaran hot
springs. Next morning a walk along the Parvati valley brings up the secluded
village at Pulga. Ideal for series of short excursions upriver before
returning to Manikaran, this itinerary could be combined with a trek up the
tributary Toah valley bordered by Pir Panjal range and its peaks of Papsura
and Daharamsura. While Pulga can be visited all year, the best time for the
latter routes is May to October.
Trekking In Himachal Pradesh:
Moderate trekking for 4 days over Sutlej-Beas watershed is also a good hike
option. Drive from Shimla via Narkanda on the Hindustan-Tibet Road to
Rampur. From the Bashleo pass, there are views of the Mahadev range and the
trail down to the Beas valley at Banjar for the road to Manali. West of the
Basleo lies the motarable Jalori Pass. Other diversions from here include a
hike to Churdhar from Narkanda.
Trips In Darjeeling:
One-day trails are the best from of treks for viewing the entire region of
Darjeeling for tourists who have little time at their disposal. The
recommended routes are the ones from Darjeeling to Kurseong through the Old
Military Road, Darjeeling to Singla, Darjeeling to Bijabbari and Darjeeling
to Tiger Hill, which is most popular among tourists as well as trekkers as
one can stay overnight to wake up to a wonderful sunrise the next morning.
Trips In Garhwal:
The Doon Valley hike tour takes you on a gentle trek through the wonderful
flower meadows and forests of the Har Ki Doon Valley. Along the way one can
visit small villages and meet some Gujars Shepard's who come to these
pastures with their buffalo during the summer season. The tour starts in
Mussoorie, and one can also take up an exciting rafting trip down the Ganges
River and visit some of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in India.
This tour brings out an unusual combination of adventure and culture that
will give you a wonderful introduction to this delightful part of India.
Hiking Places in India: