The beauty of the Garhwal hills is picture-perfect, a fusion
of high mountain valley and lakes. It's a land of many streams and the
birthplace of some of India's greatest rivers.
Carmine rhododendron blooms and scarlet flame of the forest blossoms are luminous in jungles of dense green, while the faith of an old people has kept alive a lifestyle that dates back to several centuries. These are the playgrounds of the Gods, where legends have the sanctity of history and where people are warm and hospitable in a manner unknown to modern metropolises.
Garhwal comprises the districts of Uttarkashi, Tehri, Pauri, Dehradun and Chamoli. The Garhwal hills are a veritable paradise for trekkers. Nature is in her element here, and the trekking trails are renowned for the great beauty of their views, stunningly different at almost every turn. There are some superb trekking opportunities in the vicinity of important pilgrimage sites such as Badrinath, Yamunotri , Kedarnath, Gangotri and Hemkund close to the Valley of Flowers.
Best Season :
Though Garhwal is a treat throughout the year except the rainy season, it is advisable to plan any trekking trip to this region during April to November. Trekking in the Garhwal hills is best between the months of May and October.
Indian nationals need no permission for trekking in any area outside the inner line. For routes inside the inner line, the local District Magistrate's permission or that of the central home ministry is necessary in Advance. For foreigners, crossing the inner line is not permitted.
Treks upto 4,900m need no permission and can be undertaken on tourist visas. Above 4,900m, treks can also be undertaken with prior permission from the IMF provided no peak is attempted. Camera permits are also necessary.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in
Dehradun. However, the flights are
not very regular. Convenient overnight trains from Delhi
connect Haridwar, the nearest rail
head into Garhwal. The Shatabdi Express serves Haridwar along with trains
from Mumbai and Calcutta
. For many of the treks, Rishikesh
serves as the base. Bus services connect Garhwal region with other towns
in North India .
Tourist / Dak Bungalows along Trek :
The number of beds available at the particular place are indicated.
|Badrinath Route :||Gauchur||4||Joshimath||126|
|Kedarnath Route :||Agastmuni||4||Rampur||4|
|Valley of Flowers / Hemkund :||Govindghat||4||Ghangharia||38|
|Kauri Khal (Pass) :||Ghat||8||Tapoban||8|