Uttarakhand: Uttarakhand to open 15 little-known jungle trails to trekkers from April | India News


DEHRADUN: From some never-seen-before trek trails in dense coniferous forests of Chakrata to stargazing in Molta and geological excursion at 1,000ft in Kharamba, the highest point of Doon valley, the Uttarakhand forest department is gearing up to offer unique trekking experiences to travellers this summer.
Forest conservator of Yamuna circle Vinay Bhargava said, “We’ve identified 15 different sites in the states forests where people can trek. They can choose the trails depending on their vacation duration, opting for routes that involve trekking 2.5km in a day to 65km-long treks lasting a week. In six such routes, trekkers can avail homestays and stay in nature camps”.
Another official said, “Of the 15 identified trails, nine are seldom visited by outsiders and have no human habitation. These are situated in very dense forests. Visitors can also experience staying in British-era forest rest houses along these trails.”
Some of the sites include little-known places like Naada, Konain, Kudog, Daragad, Budher, Jakh, Deoban, Mundali, Kahtiyan and Kanasar. Initially, a 65-km-long trail, named Thadiyar march, which was developed by the British to educate young forest service probationers about forestry nuances, will be modified and opened to the public, tentatively from April. The trail traverses picturesque hills with elevations ranging from 542m to 3,067m in the Chakrata area. DFO FieldKalyani Negi, said, “Chakrata is famous for having Asia’s oldest Deodar woodlands, archaeological sites and diverse avian population.”


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