Are you a travel bug? Who loves to travel and explore new places and are never bored of being an explorer. Are you always in a hunt for new offbeat locations to explore? But you still don’t have a lot of time at your disposal. Then you have come to the right place. I have mentioned a few of the offbeat destinations close to Delhi NCR via Chandigarh.
Best weekend destinations for camping and trekking near Delhi
1. Parashar lake
Just located at around 500 km from Delhi. It’s a temple dedicated to sage Parashar. There are a lot of stories or myths associated with this place. It offers a beautiful view of the lake which is more than enough to mesmerize your senses. You can even choose to stay at a tent which is totally a different experience which makes it one of the best weekend destination for people living in Delhi NCR or close by region.
Parashar lake can be easily reached overnight from Delhi. You can board your bus from Kashmiri gate bus station to Mandi the closest town to Parashar lake. From where you can either book a cab or can board the only bus which starts from Mandi at 8:30 AM and reaches Parashar at around 11:00 AM and returns back at 1:00 PM from Parashar to Mandi.
If you are into trekking you can start your trek from the bigger village. It’s around 7 km of easy to moderate trek to Parashar lake.
You can choose between camping and homestay at the Parashar Rishi temple premise. Camps are available between INR 500-1000 per head and same applies with homestays as well.
Also check: First timer’s guide to Parashar lake (Detailed)
2. Tungnath, Uttarakhand
Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple of Garhwal region and offers surreal views of the Himalayas and the meadows throughout it’s a trek.
It can be one of the best destinations even if you are a backpacker or just want to spend some relaxing time with your family. This place has a lot to offer to its visitor.
In order to reach Tungnath first, you have to reach either Haridwar or Rishikesh since no direct bus services run from Delhi to Tungnath or chopta. You will have to catch an. Early morning bus from Haridwar bus stop which will take you to Ukhimath from where you have to book cab which will charge between INR 1000-1200 till chopta.
It’s an easy 3 km trek to Tungnath from chopta you just got to follow the trail and you will reach Tungnath in 1-2 hours.
Here you can easily choose between camping and staying in an affordable room. During winters since the peaks are covered in snow, you can either decide to stay at chopta or camp at Tungnath.
Note: if planning to stay for a night during winters at Tungnath do consult locals or get a guide from there because it might be a bit risky up there spending a night all alone.
Also check: First timer’s guide to Tungnath (Detailed)
3. Kasol, Himachal
Parvati valley can be considered to be a paradise for trekkers and hipsters. Because of a number of hidden gems of this region, Tosh and malana being most famous of them all.
Located in Parvati valley, it has developed into a hub for backpackers and hipsters. It is also known as “The mini Israel” because of the increasing number of Israeli Tourists visiting this region.
Here you can choose between camping or trekking or can do both as well.
There are a few high altitude treks as well as easy trek options here.
“Saar pass” is amongst the most famous high altitude trek here and out of many easy treks Kalga, Pulga and tosh are few of the best to reach here.
It’s easily accessible throughout the year. Bhuntar is the closest airport and is also well connected via roads through Chandigarh, Shimla, and Manali as well.
Also check: Complete Guide to Kasol
If you would like to add a few more places to this list or if you know some good weekend destinations then do let us know in the comments below.