Going on an adventure like trekking takes quite some energy and a lot of motivation. To witness the beauty of nature in its most pure and original form, trekking is the way to go. If you're an adventure buff, you know that sometimes, a good trek has the power to change how we perceive things in life.
The thrill of completing a strenuous trek against all odds, breaking your own personal records are some wonderful things about trekking that will always leave you wanting for more. If you're familiar with this feeling, have you considered going on a night trek?
Read on to know about some of the best night treks in India, that you must certainly try on your next long weekend.
For a combination of cave exploration and trekking, head to Anthargange in Karnataka. Anthargange literally means "Ganges from the depth" and it is called so due to the natural springs that erupts from the crevices of the surrounding hills.
Apart from being a popular spot of trekking, Anthargange holds religious significance since a Kashi Vishwanath Temple can be found at the hilltop. Anthargange is popular for holding regular night treks, where you can complete the trek, through the series of volcanic rock caves, in a single night.
A night trek to Rajmachi Fort in Maharashtra, will be exhilarating since the trek is through thickets of forests, streams of water and during dawn, you can also see fireflies galore dancing away in the sky.
Rajmachi Fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj in order to keep an eye on Borghat, an important mountain pass that served as a trade route between Mumbai and Pune.
You can camp near the fort on the hilltop and return the next day morning, for a brilliant and complete trekking experience.
PC: Elroy Serrao
Lahesh Cave Trek
Perched at an altitude of 14, 245 ft, the trek to Lahesh Caves starts from McLeod Ganj. It is 12 km away which makes it a trek of moderate difficulty. Picturesque vistas of lush green meadows, that are dotted with a rocky terrain, while breathing in the clean and fresh air of McLeod Ganj, is what you can expect in this trek.
The trek is for 2-3 days, depending on whether you stop at Lahesh or Bharmour. Trek in the night through these beautiful places and relax in the arms of nature during the day.
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Kabbaladurga Night Trek
Kabbaladurga is a small hamlet located about 70 km from Bangalore in Karnataka. Night treks are conducted on the hillock of this village, which consist of a temple and a ruined fort. The temple is an important pilgrimage site which is why many devotees make this hike.
Others make the climb for the adventure and to see the ruined fort. It is a short trek that will be exceptionally good when done at night. You can camp on top and return in the morning after viewing the sunrise from the hillock.
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There are various trails to trek up to Harishchandragad, located in Maharashtra. Any of the trails will ultimately lead to the beautiful ancient hill fort, Harishchandragad, that dates back to the 6th century.
Here you can camp for a night and continue exploring places like Konkan Vada, a cliff that offers a fantastic sunrise. Depending on the route you choose, the trek will take one or two nights to be completed. You can even explore the numerous caves that you find along the way.
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Dhotrey is located only a few hours away from Darjeeling in West Bengal. The trek from Dhotrey to Tonglu is usually done during the day but since it is an easy trek, it can be done during the night.
Trekking upto to Tonglu top and viewing the breathtaking sunrise is completely worth undertaking the night trek. The hike might take around 5-6 hours to be completed.
Kalsubai Peak Trek
Being home to numerous peaks and trekking trails, adventure buffs of Maharashtra always have a new place to explore. One other such place is the Kalsubai Peak, the highest peak of Maharashtra, perched at an altitude of 5,400 ft.
The trek begins from a village called Bari and it takes 4-5 hours to complete the trek. Watching the sunrise from the top of the state's highest peak is certainly something you cannot miss out on.
PC: Elroy Serrao