Be awe-struck by the rugged peaks of the Himalayas. Sip tea in a hill station before hopping onto a mountain railway. Experience the rush of river rafting or find inner peace at a yoga retreat. This region is unlike anywhere else on earth – a rich tapestry of dramatic scenery and fascinating cultural diversity.
Where should I go?
Traditionally, the mountains were the preserve of explorers – and there’s still plenty of adventure if that’s what you’re seeking. These days, this region is ideal for anyone who simply enjoys the great outdoors. There are numerous gentle walks and spots for taking in the scenery.
Western Himalaya: ancient palaces and crumbling monasteries
This area is characterised by small villages, dense green deodar forests, orchards and cultivated terraces that give way to the jungles of Corbett National Park and the Hindu holy cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar on the Ganges.
As you head further northwest this area becomes increasingly Buddhist. Dharamasala is the capital in exile of the Dalai Lama while Ladakh in the far north is aptly known as ‘Little Tibet’. This is a region of ancient palaces and crumbling monasteries perched in improbable locations that seem frozen in time but come alive during festivals when villagers and nomads gather for religious celebrations.
Eastern Himalaya: hill stations and glorious walking
India’s eastern Himalaya, sandwiched between Bhutan and Nepal, is home to world-famous tea plantations and valleys carpeted with rhododendron and azalea – all dwarfed by the mighty Kanchenjunga (8598m), the country’s greatest mountain and the world’s third highest. A fitting way to arrive is by old mountain railway. Savour the journey (and a fine cup of masala chai) before jumping off to explore the hills and mountains beyond.
With such a dizzying diversity of sights to discover, you may find one visit to the Indian Himalayas has you hooked. To kick-start your adventure, please get in touch.