Welcome to the Himalayas, a land of ice-topped peaks where snow leopards patrol the mountains, monks chant in Tibetan monasteries and prayer flags flutter in the breeze. This remote region is unlike any other in India, home to the Dalai Lama and gold-topped stupas, ancient rock temples and isolated villages where locals cook up fat, piping-hot momos. Lower down in the lush foothills, you’ll discover emerald tea plantations and pine-scented colonial hill stations accessed by steam trains that puff in from the arid plains below.
For many, their Himalayan adventure begins with a ride on the UNESCO-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, en-route to sip tea in family-run plantations responsible for creating the finest varieties of India’s signature brew. The lesser-known Kalka-Shimla toy train navigates a nail-biting 900 mountain bends to reach the 19th-century seat of the British Raj, once the home of Rudyard Kipling. Here, you can stay in Elizabethan mansions and trek through fairytale forests.
Spiral upwards to Himalayan hubs like Kalimpong, Pelling and Gangtok, a mecca for hikers who wish to wander among the clouds, passing bronze prayer wheels and monasteries, pausing at tiny villages for bowls of noodle soup. Spiritual seekers continue to Dharamshala, where the exiled Tibetan government and his holiness the Dalai Lama reside. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the chanting of robed monks punctuated by the clash of Tibetan gongs carried on the icy wind from Tsuglagkhang Temple.
Whether you come to hike, sip tea or ride steam trains, the Indian Himalayas are best navigated with help from one of our clued-up destination experts.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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