Rishikesh, a quaint, picturesque city huddled snugly in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, is an alluring destination for trekkers. It is the place to invigorate your rusted mind with breathtaking views of the ethereal natural locales and simultaneously, indulge in a host of adrenaline pumping activities like rafting and rock climbing. Skim through the article and pick the place you want to explore on your next holiday.
The Valley of Flowers Trek
Caressing more than 700 species of multi-hued flowers, vibrantly silhouetted against the lofty silvery mountains, this valley would unfailingly make you feel as if you are grazing within heavenly realms. Interestingly, its existence was not known till 1913, and the local people too perhaps had their reasons in dexterously veiling it; they held that it was frequented by friaries.
Plan a trip between June and September and pass a night at Ghangariya, a 5km downhill trek from the valley, since there are no accommodations available in the valley itself.
Trek to the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
To reach this temple perched up at the height of 1,330 meters, you would have to undertake a 14 km trek from Ram Jhula. Local lore claims the temple to be the site, where Lord Shiva drank the poison churned during the illustrious battle between the Gods and the Demons to obtain the nectar of immortality. When you come to this place, make sure to load all essential equipment for a rigorous trekking experience as the entire path is surrounded by dense forest.
Neer Garh Waterfall Trekking
If you are desirous of a small trek, then head to this natural waterfall that constitutes a three km trek from Lakshman Jhula on the Badrinath Highway. Take a dip in the sparkling water of the stream or linger for a while on any of the two bridges to witness a color-fest with hundreds of butterflies. Only make sure that you do not disturb them while relishing an exciting jungle trekking.
Trekking from Rishikesh to Kunjapuri temple entails a long journey of one day along with an additional flight of 300 stairs once you reach the temple base. The mighty climb is, however, fulfilling – calm yourself with breathtaking views of the gigantic Himalayas and the rippling Ganga River below.
The weather remains pleasant all year, with the place being ideal for a 1-day trekking trip with friends and family.
Gangotri, the holy source of the river Ganga, is situated at a distance of 270 km from Rishikesh and can be reached via a taxi. After reaching, you may avail a two or three-day trek to Gaumukh. However, the initial 14 km uphill trek would take you to Bhojbasa, a place famous for its coniferous trees. Enjoy the wondrous view of the Neelkanth Peak while ascending.
The best time to visit the Gangotri is from May to June, and then again between the months of August and October.
Chopta Chandrashila Trekking
Board a taxi to reach Chopta village from Rishikesh and after that embark upon an adventurous 5/6 km trekking from the village to Tunganath temple of Lord Shiva, built about 100 years ago by the third Pandava, Arjuna himself. After rambling amidst green meadows, ascend a few kilometers more to take panoramic views of Gangotri from the Chandrashila peak.
Kuari Pass Trekking
The ten day long Kuari pass trek boasts of being the most sought after, for offering the grandest views of the Himalayan Mountain range. Drive from Joshimath to Dhak village and get along a 3 km trek amidst oak and rhododendron forest to reach the campsite, Chitrakhana. Climb for 6 km more to get to the Tali Top and from there, move on to Kuari Pass.
There are various trekking camps available at moderate costs in Rishikesh. So, brushing away all worries, invoke your wild instincts to saunter over the undulating terrains, meander along its divergent routes and while doing so, respond to the call of the absolutely divine nature.