India has got some amazing valleys for a trekkers’ delight. Be it the gorgeous weather in Saraswati Valley in Uttarakhand or the flora and fauna in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh, trekking in India can be a mesmerizing experience. Here are few valleys in India which are popular among trekkers.
Nubra Valley – Ladakh
Best time to visit: July to September
Nubra Valley is situated towards the north of Leh. Literally meaning the Valley Of Flowers, it has recently been opened for the tourists. The journey to Nubra Valley makes one go through Khardongla Pass, which is the highest road in the world. As a valley, Nubra is very fertile and is full of flora and fauna. The valley, being based at the conjunction of two rivers, has no scarcity of water. Trekkers though, must take care to acclimatize well and go on short hikes before starting the actual trekking program. Nubra Valley also offers sightseeing to some ancient monasteries.
Dzukou Valley – Nagaland
Best time to visit: November to March
Dzukou Valley is based on the border of Manipur and Nagaland with many unexplored trekking spots. In summers, the lakes around this valley are surrounded with untamed and undomesticated herbs and in winters, the valley freezes and is covered with snow. Still untouched by civilization, the valley can be a great spot for trekking. In North East India, this valley is one of the most popular spots for trekking. It has a lot of natural caves and rocks for the trekkers to explore. Few professional trekkers have even gone up to Khangsung Valley to seek adventure.
Kambam (Cumbum) – Kerala
Best time to visit: June to October
Cumbum Valley, commonly known as Kambam Valley, is located in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most ‘green’ valleys around. This Valley is surrounded by small and large hills and is known to be one of the most fertile valleys in the Southern part of India. As a valley, Cumbum is very broad and elevated to quite an astonishing degree from the ground. The valley is considered to be one of the most visited places, especially for trekking and hiking activities.
Saraswati valley – Uttrakhand
Best time to visit: August and September
Sarasvati Valley is one of the most recently discovered Valley by Himalayan Trekkers. The valley is all lush green with small streams running forth with gurgling sounds. Wild flowers, bushes and herbs can be found in abundance. Joshimath and Badrinath are the two main night halts while trekking to Saraswati Valley, though there are plenty of lakes around this valley. A ‘Rocky Island’ in the center of Dweep Tal and a lake near Saraswati Valley, add to its magnificent beauty.
Ketti Valley – Tamil Nadu
Best time to visit: April to June and September to November
Ketti Valley is situated deep inside the mountains near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. Known to be the second largest valley in the world, the Ketti Valley has the highest railway station in India. The climate of this place is pleasant throughout the year as the valley is only 13 kms from Ooty. Trekkers could even go to Ooty, from where Ketti Valley’s magnificent and stunning mountains and valleys can be viewed. Stunning panorama and landscape on every turn, is a sheer delight for trekkers in the valley. Trekking in Ketti Valley will be a breath taking experience for people wanting to admire the wealth of natural beauty.
Shrawanthi Valley – Karnataka
Best Time to Visit: November to May
Shrawanthi Valley is located in Shimoga district of Karnataka. This valley is on the way to Jog Falls, also known as Sagar. The valley is a part of Western Ghats and is formed by river Sharavathi. Comprising of deep and thick forests, it also has a great view of the Arabian Sea. Innumerable waterfalls surround the valley and it is a perfect destination to travel around. With peaceful and serene surroundings, this is one gem of a place for trekkers.
Lahaul Valley – Himachal Pradesh
Best time to visit : April to October
Located in the district of Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul Valley has a plenty of trekking routes, glorious peaks and snow covered mountains. There are blue water lakes around this valley which are absolutely mesmerizing. Earlier, the valley was one of the most left out valleys for trekking activities. But now, with the infrastructural facilities and road connectivity, trekkers have stated exploring this region and are quite taken aback from its untouched beauty.