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Places to go backpacking in Garhwal Himalayas

Adventure lovers pay attention! The Garhwal region of Uttarakhand is dotted with some of the most incredible landscapes and terrain that offers the opportunity to pack your bags and go exploring. The expansive and lush green meadows accompanied with the gently rolling hills covered in a rich mix of biodiversity makes this part of devbhoomi an oasis for adventure enthusiasts. Spending your days backpacking across some of the most scenic off beat villages makes this a worthwhile experience. If you are looking for a holiday of a lifetime then these are a few places that should not be missed out on during your backpacking trip to Garhwal Himalayas: 

Valley of Flowers :

The accidental discovery of valley of flowers by ace mountaineer Frank Smythe and his group while they were on their way back after summiting mount Kamet, lead to a huge exploration of this hidden precious piece of land in the district of Chamoli. The exotic and pristine beauty of this valley is dotted with unique flora and fauna collection which had garnered it a UNESCO world heritage site as well. The place is heavily protected and visitors are made sure to follow strict regulations making a backpacking expedition here one of a kind. 

Harsil : 

While backpacking across Garhwal don’t forget to spend a few days in the scenic and serene village of Harsil. This quaint and religious hamlet is visited primarily by people on their journey either to Gangotri or Gaumukh glacier. Located on the banks of the holy river Bhagirathi Harsil’s pristine beauty is unparalleled to anywhere else. Apart from walking on the trails, you can even go birdwatching around here of the amazing and beautiful Himalayan birds which stay in this region. The best part? You can even visit here during the winter season when the place turns into a real winter wonderland. 

Dayarabugyal :

If you are just starting your adventure journey then Dayarabugyal is the perfect place to get a taste of what actual backpacking in the Himalayas feels like. The importance of this place lies in the fact that it is surrounded on all sides by snow-capped mountain peaks making all the effort to reach here worth it. Currently you cannot camp overnight in burials due to the protection of nature scheme introduced by the government of Uttarakhand but it is a good place to relax for a while and gaze at the wide-open skies accompanied with the awe-inspiring beauty. 

Tapovan :

If you are visiting Gangotri then it is likely that you may have planned on taking a trip to the source of Ganga river which is the Gangotri Gaumukh Trek. Tapovan literally translates into the place of meditation where sages and saints during the ancient ages used to come here to perform penance. The place is dotted with wide-open fields, thick forests and an eminent presence of deep spirituality and positivity. The place is seated peacefully on the foothills of the peak of Shivling and allows you to spend some serene time amidst the beautiful natural surroundings consisting of lush meadows, peacefully gushing streams, colorful flowering plants etc. 

Chakrata :

This is probably one of the most budget-friendly backpacking expeditions you can indulge on the Himalayas. Also lovingly referred to as the magic hill station this place is nestled amidst some of the most pristine natural beauty of Uttarakhand. Tucked away in the district of Dehradun this quaint hill town is also a great option for a getaway and is ever traveler’s delight. Filled with coniferous forests and scenic trekking and hiking trails this place makes sure that you have the time of your life filled with fun and adventure. 

Khirsu :

This place is located within the district of Pauri and is one of the most idyllic and off beat destinations in Uttarakhand for backpackers. This place is relatively less explored and the experience here is very tranquil. You can even opt for going on a solo backpacking trip here since it is lined entirely with picturesque trails. This place is studded with grand Himalayan jewels and makes for the perfect getaway in the Garhwal Himlayas. The best part is that due to its location you can go here anytime of the year you like and a fun packed time will be guaranteed. 

Gwaldam :

The sleepy and quaint hamlet of Gwaldam is located within the thick green jungles and surrounded by glistening apple orchards which is accompanied with majestic views of the surrounding snow-capped Himalayan peaks of nandadevi, trishul, nandaghunti among others. Perched on an altitude of 1,700 metres above sea level and located inside the district of Chamoli. Lying en route the connection between Kumaon and Garhwal region this place is frequented by backpackers and is a wonderful way of exploring the untouched pristine beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas. You must make it a point to go there for a holiday to remember even if you are not into adventurous activities. 

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