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Expeditions Garhwal & Kumaon Region, Uttaranchal
The Garhwal and Kumon region in the state of
Uttaranchal not only constitutes a large part of the Himalayas, but also
contains some of the most challenging peaks - Nanda Devi, Trisul, Dunagiri,
Kamet, Chaukhamba, Nilkanth, Bandarpoonch, etc.
Nanda Devi, whose name means
Blessed Goddess, is the highest mountain in India. It is a great white
double pyramid overlooking the sacred Garhwal region. Nanda Devi rises from a
vast ring of high mountains that form the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, an amphitheater
seventy miles in circumference and 6000m high, surrounding the Rishiganga
valley. Only once in this giant cirque does the elevation drop below 5200 m.
Trisul is one of the more majestic
mountains of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. India's highest mountain,
Nanda Devi (25,645 ft.), is northeast of Trisul, connected by a long narrow
crest. Trisul was the first of the Garhwal mountains to be climbed, an ascent
which even more importantly marked the world's first ascent of a 7,000 meter
peak. In 1976, Trisul became the first 7,000 meter peak to be descended from
summit to snowline on skiis. Today it remains the most frequently climbed of
India's 7,000 meter peaks.
From the Chaukhamba
Viewpoint, one can get lost in the mystery of the endless mountainscape. The
scene is hypnotic that one may not get tired of gazing at the timeless peaks for
hours together. On the left of Chaukhamba Viewpoint, lies the dense oak and
rhododendron forest of Dwarikhal, passing through which is a breezy experience
and enabling one to play hide and seek with the beaming Sun. Oaks and
rhododendrons flash past as one approaches a natural water source just at the
bottom of the forest. The water is more refreshing than the best soft drink
available in the cities. On this way, one comes across a place called Ghurdauri,
a sort of race-course in old times. Now, an engineering college has come up
here. From here, one can gaze endlessly at the Himalayan ranges in rows and the
Alaknanda flowing in perpetual peace.
Treks of Kumaon
Most of the trails in
Kumaon are relatively easy, with gradual ascents and descents over
rolling hills and through meadows (Bugials or Kharag). These trails
offer breathtaking views of the high peaks such as Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot,
Trisuli and Hardeol. Eastern Kumaon has recently been opened to foreign
trekkers and the trails are dominated by the Panchchuli group of peaks.
M o r e I n f o.
Wildlife in Uttaranchal
In Uttaranchal the
world-famous Corbett National Park has a flora and fauna, which is
diverse as well as rare. Uttaranchal has several breath taking
destinations for wildlife
tourism. These are the Rajaji National Park, Govind Pashu Vihar,
Asan Barrage, Chilla and Saptarishi Ashram (Bird Sanctuary), the last
four being a delight for bird watchers.
Uttaranchal, making this state an ideal location for Eco-Tourism. Eco
tourism includes Jungle Safaris, Trekking on forest trails, Nature
Walks, catch and release of Mahaseer and other fish species. However,
the utmost priority in all these activities is given to retaining the
ecological fragility of the region.
walking uphill and sometimes steeply downhill, 6-7 hours daily with
10kgs on your back. The period of the trek can vary from 1 day to 30
days, depending on the masochistic tendencies of the people involved.
Himalayas are spectacularly beautiful and can quickly stun the senses
into submission. So trekking amidst the Himalayas is completely mind
blowing. Uttaranchal Himalayas encompasses the major part of Indian
Himalayas. Uttaranchal [Garhwal & Kumaon], harbouring many snow covered
peaks above 6,500 meters, is an excellent destination for trekkers.
Remained underdeveloped for a long time the area is still in its
primitive form and has vast areas of pure wilderness, holding different
cultures offering a chance to have a close encounter with outstanding
views of greater Himalayan range.
Adventure Travel Uttaranchal
If you enjoy physical
challenges and you are an adventure tour freak, Uttaranchal is the place
for you. One of the most popular states of India, Uttaranchal is located
in the hilly terrains of Himalayan Mountains. Tibet, Nepal, Himachal
Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh borders the state of Uttaranchal. Travel to
any part of Uttaranchal and you will be served with a long menu of
adventure activities. The domain of Himalayan Mountains makes it most
apt for all types of adventure activities.
The lofty Himalayas,
the rugged terrains, the impenetrable forest covers and the challenging
rivers offer endless opportunities for the adventure seekers. Explore
the Himalayas while you ski on its snow-clad mountain range, trek in its
forests or climb up the hill tops of the majestic mountain ranges. If
that's not enough, raft through the rivers of Uttaranchal, which has
some very difficult challenges in its stores. Or be a wildlife lover and
go for the trips to the wildlife sanctuary and the national parks of
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