Trekking in Garhwal
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Trekking in Garhwal

Talk about history of a confederacy made up of 52 forts, or religious past that still lives in the pilgrimage to Chardham destinations, or association with Lord Shiva as the prime deity worshiped here, the place could be none other than Garhwal which is being referred to.

Uttarakhand, one of the most beautiful and enchanting region of North India, also termed locally as ‘Dev Bhoomi’, being blessed with spiritual bliss is the place which is actually the land of Gods. Ganges, Yamuna and other sacred rivers find the solacing ways to inflow around the valleys making it purer and sacred to establish tremendous Hindu temples all around the vicinity. But, besides such natural and spiritual amazements, Uttarakhand brings one healthier reason to invite the adventurous tourists too and that salubriously is the amazing trekking routes all around the area, especially around the Garhwal Himalayas.

At Garhwal Himalayas, one can find one of the most beautiful lands of the Asian sub-continent being frequently visited by the worldwide tourists. Trekking in Garhwal is the most sojourning way to explore the Himalayas in its true sense. The Garhwal Himalayas has something extraordinary to offer to all the enthusiastic trekkers, mountaineers, the naturalists and the photographers.

Bounded on the north by Tibet, on the east by Kumaon region, on the south by Uttarakhand state, and on the west by Himachal Pradesh state, Garhwal includes the districts of Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal and Uttarkashi. It was named so because of the fact that it had 52 Garhs of 52 petty chieftainships, each chief with his own independent fortress (garh). Around 500 years ago, one of these chiefs, Ajai Pal, reduced all the minor principalities under his own sway, and founded the Garhwal kingdom.

Since Garhwal abodes some of the most sacred Hindu shrines to attract millions of pilgrims every year from all over the Indian sub-continent, it also captivates energetic mountaineers from all over the world, to attempt and scale the mighty peaks in this region. A Garhwal trekking tour in this area, combined with visits to the holy temples of Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Yamunotri adds spiritual advantages of the Himalayas and to also catch the flock of people bathing to wash away the sins of a lifetime and visiting the sacred temples and the holy shrines.

Besides the spiritual captivations, an adventure tour in Garhwal also attracts tremendous trekkers to find its varied wilderness through dense forests of Deodar, cypress, oak, pine and rhododendron that harbor a large variety of Himalayan faunas. The region is also satiated with lush verdant valleys and undulating green meadows carpeted with alpine flowers in summer. The blue and emerald lakes, majestic waterfalls, meandering rivers, rich thick forests, incredible mountains, green valleys and a wide range of flora and fauna including birds and butterflies, bring a magnanimous combination.

Thus, trekking in Garhwal is all about having a close encounter with outstanding views of greater Himalayan range, alpine meadows, rare high altitude flora and fauna, the lifestyle of the mountain people, their settlement patterns, dress, dialect, Jewelry along with energetic trekking fun.