2017 has come as a welcome respite with a number of long weekend options. The first long weekend of the year falls on January 26, a Thursday. If you can take just one day off on Friday, the 27th, what you have is the prefect opportunity for a short trip. India is blessed with some of the most amazing trekking trails which take you through picturesque hills, valleys and forests before you reach a place with a majestic view of the surroundings. No matter where you are in India, there is always a magnificent trekking option not very far away from you. (ALSO SEE List of long weekends in India in 2017: Escape to these amazing holiday destinations this year) Here are 10 such amazing treks in India you can try out on the long Republic Day 2017 weekend. Also Read - Unlock Phase I in Rajasthan: Hotels, Restaurant, Clubs And Shopping Malls to Reopen From Monday | Details Here

David Scott trail, Shillong

Photograph courtesy: Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Masrur Ashraf /Creative Commons



Named after the British administrator David Scott, this trail is Meghalaya’s Shillong region is recommended by all those who have tried it. Taking you through picturesque green surroundings, the trail stretches for close to 16 km between Ladmawphlang village and Mawphlang village. The route was originally the horse-cart road connecting the plains of Slyhet (now in Bangladesh) to Assam. The winding trail descends and ascends through a rough elevation of 1400 m, and makes for a fantastic day hike. You can combine it with other sight-seeing optons around Shillong like the Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Cherraupunji and Mawlynnong to have a memorable 4-day trip on the Republic Day weekend. Also Read - Haryana News: Shopping Malls Except in Faridabad, Gurugram Can Reopen; Restaurants at 50% Capacity

Chembra peak, Kerala

Chembra Peak

Photograph Courtesy: Rajesh Kotian/Creative Commons



The Chembra peak in Kerala’s Wayanad region is located 2,100 meters above sea level and is the tallest peak in the state. Extending across 9 km, the trek is pretty easy and can be done by beginners. You can extend your stay here by combining your trip with other sight-seeing options like Wayanad’s grassy meadows and dreamy lakes. The heart-shaped lake Hridaya Saras at the top is marvelous and has some nice accommodation options nearby. CHECK OUT Republic Day 2017: Top 10 family resorts in India for the 4-day long weekend Also Read - We Have Named Her 'Priyanka Twitter Vadra': UP Deputy CM's Jibe at Congress Leader

Sandakphu, West Begal

Sandakphu

If you wish to explore the eastern part of India, Sandakphu in West Bengal is a great choice for you. The highest peak in the state of West Bengal, Sandakphu provides some of the most stunning mountain views you will ever see. The route takes you along the Singalila Ridge and is one of the most popular ones in the Eastern Himalayas. Sandakphu is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge in the Darjeeling district and falls on the West Bengal-Nepal border. You can catch breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world like Everest and Kangchenjunga. DO SEE Top 17 places to visit in India in 2017

Deoriatal-Chandrashila, Uttarakhand

Chandrashila

The Chandrashila trek is an ideal short four-day trek amidst snow and stunning views. Winter treks in this region are considered to be challenging but are conducted by several tour operators. You can camp by the serene Devariyatal Lake after enjoying the astonishing beauty of snow-clad peaks and dense forests on your way. The trek ends at the Tungnath Temple which is the highest temple in the Himalayas.

Kalsubai, Maharashtra

Photograph Courtesy: Rahul Bulbule/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Rahul Bulbule/Creative Commons

Maharashtra’s highest peak, Kalsubai is a delight for anyone who likes lush green valleys and moderate treks. The view of the surrounding Western Ghats will blow your mind away. While the trek can be completed in 1 day, you can make an entire vacation out of your trip by combining it with the nearby Igatpuri known for its beautiful hills, waterfalls and the Dhammagiri meditation centre. CHECK OUT Republic Day 2017: Top 10 places to visit near Mumbai on the 4-day long weekend

Chadar Trek, Ladakh

Chadar

And then there is the Chadar trek in Ladakh, perhaps the most popular winter trek in India. During the winters, the temperature here falls down to 20-25 Celsius below zero. That is when the river Zanskar freezes and you can trek on the stable sheet of ice (hence the name ‘Chadar’ meaning blanket). The frozen river, frozen waterfalls and surrounding white blanket makes it an extremely picturesque and rewardung trek. You need close to 9 days for the Chadar trek and will therefore need to take a few days off in addition to the Republic Day weekend. However, you can only do this trek in the winter months of january/February and is totally worth it.

Anamudi peak, Kerala

Photograph Courtesy: n.paul14/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: n.paul14/Creative Commons

Located in Kerala, the Anamudi peak is the highest peak in South India. It falls inside the periphery of the Eravikulam National Park and is one of the most popular trekking destinations in India. The approximate altitude is 8,842 meters above sea level, and you will take around 3 days to complete this trek. You will come back with memories of a great time spent in the lap of nature.

Kodachadri, Karnataka

Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Located at an altitude of 1343 m, Kodachadri in Karnataka is a delight for trekking enthusiasts. The scenic beauty of the Western Ghats will accompany you on this 2-day trek and you will come back rejuvenated. Pit stops like the Hindlumane Falls and the surrounding mountain peaks and grassy hills will make your effort worth it, Kodachadri has been declared as a natural heritage site by the Karnataka Government thanks to its rich and unique flora and fauna. If luck is one your side, you may end up spotting animals like the Malabar Langur and Indian Rock python among many others found in this region.

Har Ki Dun, Uttarakhand

Har Ki Dun

Another popular trek in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, Har Ki Dun is on the bucket list of many an Indian trekker. Known for its spectacular landscapes and challenging terrain, the Har Ki Dun is a rewarding experience for adventure enthusiasts. The cradle shaped green valley located in the Garwal ranges of the Himalayas provide unbelievable views of the surrounding snow-clad peaks and alpine vegetation. the trek takes close to 8 days and would need you to take a few days off.

Rajmachi, Maharashtra

Photograph Courtesy: Vinay Nair/Creative Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Vinay Nair/Creative Commons

One of the easier options which is every bit as picturesque as its north Indian counterparts, Rajmachi has become quite a favorite among trekkers in Maharashtra. Located just around 15 km from Lonavala, rajmachi is an easy getaway from Mumbai and Pune and offers fantastic views of greenery all around. It also consists of two forts – Shrivardhan and Manaranjan – which make for great trekking options. This is a one-day trek but you can easily combine it with other sight-seeing options around Lonavala to make a great vacation out of your 4-day Republic Day weekend. NOW SEE Best two-day monsoon weekend getaways from Mumbai

trip-planning2

Have interesting travel photos you’d like to share with us? Send photos from your travels to travel@corp.india.com, don’t forget to mention where you’ve shot the picture and get a chance to be featured on our website! So what are you waiting for? Hurry!

Have something to add to this story? Post your comments in the discussion board below; we will be thrilled to hear from you!