Quick getaways to the Himalayas are not as elusive as they seem. One of the most impressive weekend treks in Uttarakhand, Nag Tibba is an ideal one if you're running out of leaves, yet want to experience a rustic Himalayan adventure on foot. Perfect for a weekend trek, Nag Tibba promises pristine views, snow clad peaks of the Garhwal region, forestscovered in rhododendrons and minty meadows - all in the same trek. The suffusion of different vistas in such a shot span, is the highlight of the trek. Plan this in the peak of winters if you're looking for a snow trek, or in summers if you love that lush carpet of green. Regardless of the weather, a trek to Nag Tibba leaves you mesmerised and wishing it was slightly longer.
VoF (Valley of Flowers) and the Hemkund Sahib trekking route is unarguably one of the most beautiful treks that Uttarakhand has to offer. If there is paradise anywhere on earth, this is close - where the mountains rise from a bed of colorful flowers and kiss the sky. Whether it is the panoramic vistas of the Valley of Flowers or soul-touching, life-changing experiences of Hemkund Sahib, this is one trek which must be on the bucket list of everyone who claims to have fallen in love with the Himalayas. Like all good things, this trek requires effort and meticulous planning and here's my take-away on how to prepare, what to expect and get yourself ‘trek ready’ for this experience of the six day adventure in the pristine valleys of upper reaches of Uttarakhand.
A trek to the beautiful Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is nothing short of a dream. With the sky-kissing Himalayas carefully overlooking the valleys, blooming with colourful wildflowers, this one sure makes it to the list of most picturesque places in the country. Especially, in the monsoons – when the rest of the country hits a speed breaker on the travel front. Valley of Flowers are in full bloom despite the rain pounding rain and slippery slopes. Despite that, it remains one of the most popular treks in the Uttarakhand circuit.
As ludicrous as it may sound, it took me a lot to get myself to walk to the grandest travel beacon of India – Taj Mahal. I never really yearn to see places with a million footprints already on it. You will have to believe me when I tell you that I visited the grand marble monument for the first time, only last year in 2016. Clearly, offbeat journeys are more to my taste. The lesser the importance on the tourist map, the more likely I am to travel to that destination.