Holi commemorates the coming of spring, India’s colors festival. Bird and butterfly go from blossom to blossom—nature is at its lovely most; the mellifluous call from the cucumbers falls on the day; birds and fowls flow from flower to bloom. But the whole notion of leisure shines from today’s fast-paced life. You have no time to stop and see how mysteriously spring infuses life and color into the worst of organisms.
We have chosen this Holi, however, to break the tradition: instead, to slip the customary color into the arms of the mountains. Nothing is as fantastic as Nature, in its colorful finest, and if you return from these walks, your soul’s canvas is blasted with oak amber, dawn gold, wetland green, and wildflower purple.
1. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
The valley of flowers, part of the Pushpawati valley, is probably the most colorful hike in India in the upper sections of Garhwal’s Bhyundar Ganga. Only after the moonsoon breakout, a mixture of flowers is brought to life across the entire valley. The ground is taped with orchids, cobblestones, primulas, marigold, pineapples, and anemones. Birch and rhododendron subsurface forests are flourishing.
The color riots are added to wild rose bust and wild strawberries. Their feet and wings are stained by nectar, butterflies and wild bees flock about excitedly. The park has many birds and uncommon species, such as blue sheep, Asian black bears, and musk deer.
2. Barsey Rhododendron Trek, Sikkim
The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in Western Sikkim has practically taken the customary “rose-colored glass!” You will see miles and kilometers of forests decorated with scarlet, pink, and white rhododendrons from late April through early June. There are flowers about, so much so that even sunlight filters through the leaves take on a rotten tint! They lace your vision’s edges: the beady blue sky is enclosed by flowers, carpet paths and stretch on rocky outcrops like exquisite glasses. Simply put, the beauty is outstanding.
3. Great Lakes Trek, Jammu & Kashmir
Kashmir usually overdoes it when it comes to beauty, and the Great Lakes Trek is no exception! The road travels through the wild meadows, through forests full of oaks, pines, and spruces, over glacial moraines until opening on the coastline of the gorgeous lakes. If you can but trust us it will fail you! Bring with it your Pantone Color Card! Azures and indigos, lap and turquoise, the Saphir and emerald glassiest, egg-blue, water marine or jades – all the shades of magician merge together!
The banks are girded with cocoa, anemones, and flowers, of which you know not the names. The 5 lakes – Kishansar, Vishansar, Satsar, Gaganbal, and Gadsar – are each one of which reflect the horizon from the Snowy Himalayan ranges. Drop into the Milky Way’s arms and wake up to the birdsong and ruby skies. Be prepared for looks and because you’ll leave this excursion with your tongues!
4. Har ki Dun Trek, Uttarakhand
This walk across the Garhwal Himalayas is complemented by the picturesque villages, the cheerful villagers, and the vivid culture there. Mighty summits such as the Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kalanaag, Har ki Dun, are shining in the sun. The valley is luxuriant and the green abundance is appalling.
The paths are crowded with ancient trees and pines. In summer, the fields of Ramadan are revived in red and pink tones. The stream of Har Ki Dun flows like a flowing crystal ribbon through the valley. The valley is superlatively magnificent with its towering peaks, open flowered wetlands, snow-blanked in winter, and colorful rivers and wildlife.
5. Dzukou Valley Trek, Manipur
Maybe the Dzukou Valley is the most secret of all. In Manipur, just beneath Nagaland’s Japfu Peak, Dzukou Valley derives its identity from the uncommon Dzukou flower which only flourishes here. The whole valley bursts in an abundance of these beautiful fuchsia lilies from April to August. Lilium Chitrangadae is also lyrically attractive with his botanical name! Dense forests of moose and wild champagne give way to slippery hillocks in many shades of green and open untouched wilderness.
The valley spine is sliding through an icy stream. The chiaroscuro is beautiful when clouds sweep in. Romantic fashion is enhanced by a flat-petalled euphorbia, aconitum in lavender, wild, and rhododendron plants that tap the valley. Legend of spirits and mythological animals does not appear too unsuitable in an as secluded and lovely place as this.
6. Jalori Pass Trek
The largely uncharted region of Seraj is characterized by untouched woods, pastures, grasslands, and the occasionally dormant hamlet. From the picturesque township of Gada Hussain, along the trail on the Banjar-Jalori Road, you will start your trip. Gada Hussain from Jibhi is served by two busses a day.
From here, you will soon be rewarded for the birds’ perspective of the settlement, as a short walk across the field swings abruptly into a hard ascent. The mist drifting over the gray slate rooftops provides a hint of intrigue in the early morning light. Alwa is the first town on the road. The horizon crowds behind the conifers, rows of mountains – each bigger than the first.