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The solitary trekker’s hiking guide

The nearest proper trekking destinations around Delhi are at least a 14 hour-drive away, writes Yana Bey.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2010 18:49 IST
Yana Bey

I want to go for an adventure trip (trekking/hiking) for 3-4 days. Please suggest a few places that would be suitable in this weather and which are not too far from Delhi, as I do not want to travel too much. I would prefer to be part of a trekking group since I am going to be on my own.

Rajan Wigh, New Delhi

As I have mentioned in reply to an earlier question (Trek On a Tight Budget, February 14, 2010), the nearest proper trekking destinations around Delhi are at least a 14 hour-drive away. The short version of the Dodital trek I wrote about would be suitable, as you would only need to hire a guide.

Since you are alone, the guide would also be a companion. There are no organised group treks for such short durations so you can either make your own group with colleagues, friends and family or go alone.

Another option is to drive to Sat Tal in Uttarakhand on the first day of your holiday. Spend the second day seeing the place and doing some easy hiking around Sat Tal. The next day, drive to Mukteshwar or Bhimtal. Here, you can do a nature walk in the dense forest and have lunch in a hill village. Drive back to New Delhi on the fourth day.

You can do this trip also by taking an overnight train from New Delhi to Kathgodam and then take a taxi from there. At

the end of the trip, return to Kathgodam and take the train back to New Delhi.

For short outings from Delhi, especially if you are alone, Rishikesh is one of the best destinations. You can travel by bus, there are good hotels and food, and all you have to do to find an adventure tour company is take a stroll through the bazaar.

You can hike in the forests around Marine Drive (named after the seaside promenade in Mumbai but Rishikesh has the beautiful Ganga flowing alongside forested hillsides instead). To get your dose of adventure, you can also go rafting.

Please suggest one-or two-day treks near Jammu.

Kamlesh Mishra

As far as I know, there are no trekking trails very close to Jammu. Doda and Patnitop are the closest trekking destinations. I am told that Poonch and Kishtwar also have trekking trails.

I have never had an opportunity to trek in the Jammu region because there is an impression that it is not quite safe. Your best source of information would be the

Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. Visit www.jktourism.org for contact details.

Yana is a mountaineer and an adventure expert