India offers a host of opportunities to the walker, from a full on mountain trek to more simple day walks that can be added to a longer itinerary. From the Himalaya in the north to the Western Ghats in the south there is a wealth of landscapes offering a myriad of flora and fauna.
It's important to choose the right season if you want to include some walking in your holiday as at different times of year any one area might be too hot, too cold, too wet or impassable. We can advise on the best times to visit different areas.
If you enjoy trekking then you should head north, visiting the Himalayan regions that lie within India. There is Kashmir, with the areas around Srinigar and Lake Dal offering beautiful walks combined with an iconic house-boat stay. Or perhaps Ladakh, travelling out of Leh and witnessing the harsh landscapes of the higher altitude Himalaya for yourself. Himachal Pradesh and Garwhal offer beautiful trekking to areas such as the Valley of Flowers.
If you want to visit the High Himalaya then consider Sikkim, a small province wedged between Nepal and Bhutan and with stunning mountain scenery. You are based in the mountain town of Darjeeling ( see map), famous for its tea and from here it’s possible to trek toward Kanchenjunga, the World’s third highest peak.
Day walks can be fitted into most itineraries, depending on the season. There are old hill stations across the country offering Day walks in the hills and plantations and its even possible to go on guided walks in some of the nature reserves.