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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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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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Enchanting Hampi

In guidebooks, Hampi is always one of the top places you should see in India. Located in the northern part of Karnataka, this seductive place is filled with temples, bazaars, ruins, lakes, and rice fields that give backpackers a great excuse for taking a week or two off their busy schedule. What makes it different from other places in India is that it’s laid back and doesn’t have this extreme vibe that you always see on places like Agra and Jaipur. A perfect way to go around in Hampi is by bike, motorcycle or even just by walking around. The views are breathtaking so you might want to bring your camera with you.


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Qutb Minar

Qutub Minar (English: The Qutub Tower; Urdu: قطب مینار) also Qutub Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, India.[1] The Qutub Minar was constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India,[2] with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft), contains 379 stairs to reach the top,[citation needed] and the diameter of base is 14.3 meters whereas the last store is of 2.7 meters. The Construction was commenced by qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192 and completed by Iltutmish. [3][4] It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex.[2][5] Tradition assigns the erection of the Pillar to Anang Pal, whose name it bears, with the date 1052 C.E.[6] Qutab Minar is the nearest station on the Delhi Metro. A picture of the minaret also features on the Travel Cards issued by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.


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Red Fort

The Red Fort (usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil’ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan[1] in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. The fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad, the seventh city in the Delhi site. He moved his capital here from Agra in a move designed to bring prestige to his reign, and to provide ample opportunity to apply his ambitious building schemes and interests. It served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government.


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