10 Great Treks in Himachal Pradesh

The Indian Himalayas have some fantastic trekking opportunities. Here is a look at some of the best options in the state of Himachal Pradesh which lies almost in the center of the Himalayas. If you are thinking of planning a trek here the best time to go is from March to May and after the monsoon in October and November. Some of our favorite treks on the list include Pin Parvati Pass which basically traverses the Himalayas from South to North and traverses an amazing array of mountain environments. The trek to Kinnaur Kailash attracts numerous pilgrims but the dramatic mountain scenery is reason enough to visit. Finally, if you want to combine mountains and culture try the Malana Trek to the ancient and solitary village of the same name. Here is a look at all the treks that made our top ten.

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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage is one of the most arduous and challenging treks for religious pilgrims in the world. Mount Kailash is abode of Lord Shiva and the mountain is the source of the giant rivers of India the; Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej and Karnali. Ancient texts refer to the mountain as the center of the world. The symmetrical mountain is one of the most beautiful and sacred of the Himalaya. A series of five ancient temples are situated around the mountain flanks. A journey around the mountain will free pilgrims from endless cycles of birth and death. Pilgrims having been making the trek to the region in a tradition that dates back at least several thousand years. The journey is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists while followers of the Jain and Bönpo religions travel the 52km trek around the mountain in a counterclockwise direction.

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5 Great Attractions in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is home to 12 million people and the Greater Tokyo area has a population of 35 million people making it the most populated urban area in the world. Depending on how you count it the Pearl River Delta might be as high as 40 million if you include Shenzhen. No matter which is the biggest Tokyo is a huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis which brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan.

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Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

The rugged volcanic landscape around Mount Bromo is itself reason enough to visit Indonesia. It’s relatively easily accessible and an easy hike to the view points around Bromo. The more adventuresome can plan a two day overnight trek to Mount Semeru (the highest in Java at 3,676 m).

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Rishikesh: From Sadhus to Hippies

Whether you’re just tired of Delhi or wanted to escape away, Rishikesh is one place you can visit. It is a small town located in Uttarakhand that had its fame when the Beatles visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram.  A sacred place for all Hindus, it is where the River Ganges sets down from the Himalayas. It is place for yoga, river rafting, adventurers, sadhus, hippies, gurus and devotees.

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