The very idea of travelling with a backpack seems thrilling, isn’t it? However, for first time backpackers, trekking destinations should be in easy where one can have memorable and fun filled experiences without facing much trouble.
At 11,929 ft, Sandakphu is the highest peak of West Bengal. Many people begin their trekking adventures with Sandakphu, only to fall in love with mountains for the rest of their life. You’ll find diverse scenic beauty all along the route with the privilege of setting foot on Nepal’s soil in some parts of the route. Exciting, isn’t it?
Valley of flowers
Valley of flowers, located in Uttaranchal, is a delight for botanists. It was well protected and hidden from the world until 1931, when Frank Smith discovered the place and wrote a book on it with the same name. As the name suggests, you’ll find a variety of flowers that will be enough to dazzle your eyes and fill your soul.
Being the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world, Sunderbans is in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Mangrove forests, royal Bengal tigers, crocodiles, boat rides, mysterious forest in moonlit night – what more could you need to fill your soul? Situated in West Bengal, it is a wonderful destination filled with nature and wildlife to create unforgettable memories.
Often referred as the Scotland of North-East India, Shillong has stunning scenic beauties that you would relish every time you think of it later on. Approximately 65 kilometres from Shillong, you’ll find the world’s wettest location – Cherrapunji. Also, don’t miss Mawlynnong – Asia’s cleanest village. The air you breathe here is so damn clean and fresh, you will be trapped in nature’s trance here. Packing your bags already?
Malana cream – rings a bell? Oh yes, this is the Malana village we’re talking about here- the mini Israel of India. Mostly known for producing some of world’s finest hash, Malana, Tosh and Kasol are also renowned for their serenading scenic beauty. Situated in the Parvati valley, it’s one of the must trekking destinations if you love mountains or hash, or both.
Situated in Sikkim, Singalila makes up for an amazing trekking destination for first timers. A 5 day trek almost by the time you start from Hilley and reach here, pick this trail only if you are in for full throttle adventure that you wish to boast about it later to your folks. If the weather is clear, you can achieve the rare feat of seeing Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest together from Phoktey Dara – the closest sight possible, standing on Indian soil.
Love paragliding and mountains? Bir billing should be your call in that case. Located in Himachal Pradesh, it’s a perfect destination for experiencing scenic beauty and adrenaline rush at the same time. Also, do visit the Bir tea factory near the Bir Bazaar to sip amazing Bir tea and pay a visit to some beautiful monasteries to unfold your spiritual side.
Situated at 9000 ft and surrounded by Dhauladhar ranges of the Kullu valley, Prashar lake makes up for a cool destination for first time back packers. A well kept secret in Himachal, it is an easy trek compared to many, The lake lies 49 kilometres north of Mandi with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to Sage Prashar.
This one’s best in winter with snow-clad peaks and a closer view of Himalayas. If you can befriend the chills, snow-camping would be a really cool idea here. In winters, when the snow slides on the upper reaches of Uttarakhand, this lake transforms into a paradise. Trekkers here take proud of the fact that no where else around in India you would have such an intimate rendezvous with the Himalayas
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get set go.