rubyIn just half a day it is possible to leave the buzz of Delhi behind and find a completely different pace of life in the foothills of the Himalayas. Covering a length of 2,400km and offering most of the highest mountains in the world, the mighty Himalaya has always amazed and possessed those who walk its hallowed paths and is the source of the great and holy rivers of the Indian Subcontinent. Residents of its steep hills have developed their own highly independent and enclosed cultures, worshipping the taller peaks as gods. Four of India’s major religions have a strong presence in the region: you can experience the Sikhs’ majestic Golden Temple at Amritsar and the Hindu ceremonies of the banks of the River Ganges at Haridwar and Rishikesh, whilst the Dalai Lama is in residence at McLeod Ganj and further North in Ladakh a Tibetan enclave, providing stunning scenery and ideal to visit in the summer with numerous Buddhist festivals and the Muslim Kashmir in far north India, one of the top 10 hill station in India. A place of splendid natural beauty, it’s often referred to as the “Land of Lakes and Gardens” where relax in the charming houseboat. In the lower foothills you will find former colonial hill stations such as Shimla, Mussoorie and Almora. The former Kingdom of Sikkim is tucked between Nepal and Bhutan and is a perfect place to trek. To the south you will find Darjeeling with its many tea estates and colonial hotels. A trip to the northern foothills not only offers excellent mountain views and walking opportunities but the chance to discover India’s spiritual side.
Take a visual journey through what we consider to be some of Himalaya’s unmissable highlights.
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