Covering most of northern India are the western Himalaya, home to highest mountains in the world.
The pace of life is completely different in the mountains and every region in the Himalaya from Haridwar to Shimla & Dharamshala to Ladakh with their unique landscape has developed distinct culture and traditions.
Amritsar and The Golden Temple set the tone for the Himalayan adventure. The summer abode of the Dalai Lama at Dharamshala is the most spectacular with its remote monasteries, snow-capped scenery and remote shepherd villages.
From here the adventure seeker can branch off to Manali and head to the Tibetan landscape of Ladakh crossing some of the world’s highest motorable roads and passes. The rustic village surroundings of Pragpur and the cobbled streets make for a fascinating experience.
Back in the foothills, the summer capital of British Raj Shimla, exudes colonial charm and is an ideal getaway from the hot and hazy plains of north India. Reaching Shimla by the ‘Toy Train’ from Kalka on a narrow-gauge railway, over bridges and through the mountains offers a mesmerising journey with panoramic views.
IDEAS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TO INDIA:
GOLDEN TEMPLE & HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS
Amritsar / Dharamshala / Pragpur / Shimla / New Delhi
This wonderful itinerary travels through the foothills of Himalaya. Start in the frontier city of Amritsar which is the epicentre of Sikh religion with the stunning Golden Temple, the tour ends in the Summer Capital of Shimla. On the way stop in the Tibetan settlement of Mcleod Ganj and picturesque Dharashala, home to the exiled Dalai Lama. Travel further into Kangra valley to explore the heritage of Pragpur before spending last few days in Shimla to experience the 'Toy Train'.
EXPLORING LADAKH IN STYLE
New Delhi / Ladakh / Diskit
Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, Ladakh is a high-altitude desert area located at the western edge of the Tibetan plateau. Its awe-inspiring landscape has been modified and sculpted into its spectacular shape by wind and water over the millennia. The moon-like scenery is extraordinary: stark and barren but interspersed with isolated settlements of green oases full of swaying poplar trees, apricot orchards and cultivated farmland. Despite the rugged terrain and high altitude, the people of Ladakh exhibit a natural Joie de vivre and their customs and lifestyle are a continuum from the past; these friendly and gentle people will all contribute to make your visit to this stunning area both fascinating and memorable. Explore this magical adventure in style and in ultimate luxury.
LADAKH - MOUNTAIN PASSES & GENTLE WALKS & MONASTARIES
New Delhi / Leh / Ladakh
This holiday allows to experience some magnificent Himalayan scenery, the vibrant Ladakhi culture and distinctive monasteries of this area of India known as ‘Little Tibet’. From Delhi take the scenic mountain flight over the Himalaya to Leh – one of the highest and most remote part of the country and often called as ‘Little Tibet’. The dramatic mountain landscapes, magnificent monasteries and its distinctive cultural heritage make this a fascinating area to explore on foot. After acclimatising in Leh, start exploring the surrounding areas and great monasteries Lamayuru, Alchi and Phyang. You will also have numerous walks in the remote villages where you can enjoy picnic lunches and interaction with locals. If visiting in July or August, some local festivals, where locals get together to enjoy traditional music and costumed dance, can also be included in the itinerary.
Build Your Tailor-Made Holiday to India
As well as luxury holidays, we've also built many different India itineraries for families and honeymoon couples who want to see the best parts the country has to offer.
The holiday itineraries above are examples of ones we have created previously in India, and give you a good idea on the time needed to see many of the idyllic places mentioned above. If you would like more information on a specific area, or a certain hotel, please get in touch with us.
Adventure, culture, cities, beach, family
GMT+ 4.5 hours
When to go:
October to March
8 hours approx
Some are recommended or required by the Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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