Lace up your boots and tighten the straps of your backpacks as the monsoon has arrived. And what better way to enjoy monsoon than to go on an adventurous trek to the lush green and gorgeous hills and mountains of India. Listed below are some of the best destinations to go for treks in monsoon.
1.Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Located on the west slopes of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, the delightful Valley of flowers is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trail opens only during the months of July till September and thus the exclusive experience of this place during monsoons made Valley of Flowers deserve the first spot on this list. Valley of flowers is at a height of about 12000 feet’s above sea level. The trek duration is from 4 to 7 days with easy and moderate difficulties level. The landscape was an absolute pleasure to witness and never in my life have I ever felt so enthralled. The snow-capped mountains on one side and the smoky clouds on the other create a striking vista that I will, in no way forget in your life.
2.Tarsar Marsar Trek, Kashmir Valley
Tarsar Marsar trek is a gorgeous trek in the Kashmir Valley. It is a trek that covers the two beautiful twin lakes Tarsar and Marsar enclosed by the peaks of Kolahi Mountains and beautiful alpine trees. With the sheep’s silently grazing on one side and the horses sprinting about on the other, the backdrop makes you want to spend the rest of your days here. But then the trek ends and you find yourself back in your room with the scenery flashing before your closed eyes. Tarsar Marsar trek is about 13000 feet above sea level with an easy difficulty of the trek. Being one of the most picturesque treks I ever visited, the Tarsar Marsar Trek successfully grabs a spot on this list of treks in monsoon.
3.Kashmir Great Lakes, Kashmir
The monsoons liven up the beautiful panorama of the Kashmir great lakes making it one of the best spot to visit in monsoons. The highlight of the trek, the Kashmir great lakes are a series of seven lakes of unprecedented gorgeousness that appeared one by one on each day of my treks. Other elements that I loved being on this trek is the charisma of the scenery consisting of the eye-catching maple trees and the lush green plains. The Great Lakes of Kashmir are situated at a height of about 13750 feet’s above sea level. The trek was of moderate difficulty and thus I and the other participants were physically ready for the low oxygen environment.
4.Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
It wouldn’t be wrong for me to say that the Hampta Pass trek is the Valley of Flowers of Himachal. The arrival of monsoon in the country blesses the Hampta pass with divine beauty. Situated amidst the dense alpine forest and the glaciers of Himalayas. The Hampta Pass starts from the Manali and forms a link between the Kullu Valley and the Lahaul Valley. The trek ended on the blue alpine lake called as the Chandrataal. The Hampta pass trek is about 14100 feet’s above sea level. The treks in monsoon would take about 4-5 days with easy or moderate difficulties level. All these things make Hampta Pass a beautiful experience and thus is on this list.
5.Sinhagad Trek, Pune
Sinhagad is basically a 17th-century fortress situated about 30 km’s away from Pune, a city in Maharashtra. The fort comprises of wide open surroundings that liven up to lush green as the monsoon arrives. The sunrise and sunset vistas are captivating and making the panorama becomes fascinating experience. The Sinhagad Trek in Pune is a great option for your weekend getaways. And thus is on the list for those who couldn’t manage the time required for all the above treks. The trek is a single day trek. The Sinhagad Trek in Pune is about 4320 feet’s above sea level.
So what are you waiting for? A beautiful experience awaits you. So experience the beauty and charm of nature in its purest form on these treks in monsoon.