Escorted tours of The Himalayas
If you’re ready to see the roof of the world, a Himalayas holiday is for you.
With that said, the notion of climbing the world’s highest mountain, Everest, dominates the discourse around this spectacular set of mountains, but that’s incredibly unfair as the region is home to so much more than unfathomably high peaks. For one, there’s idyllic hill stations like Darjeeling to explore, as well as rare wildlife to discover, and stunning, serene rainforests to trek through.
With a Newmarket Holidays escorted tour of the Himalayas, you can be wowed by cliffside monasteries way up in the mountains, or head down towards the colonial towns and cities nestled in its foothills, like Shimla. Plus, if you don’t fancy traversing the hilly terrain, you can always have a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway! The Himalayas may seem imposing from afar, but they’re a dream destination for a reason.
Things to do in the Himalayas
Though many associate the Himalayas with hardened mountain climbers, there is so much more to see and do in this dramatic area than just the extreme.
Ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Taking a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a must for history lovers, or those who just want an informative, fun, and comfortable experience. Although it goes all the way down to West Bengal, you can take a shorter ride to get to grips with the gorgeous scenery of the Himalayan foothills.
Valley of Flowers National Park
When most people think of the Himalayas, their mind wanders to harsh, unforgiving terrain, but the Valley of Flowers National Park belies that reputation and then some. A case of doing exactly what it says on the tin, this richly diverse area is full of flowering meadows and plenty of rare wildlife.
While there are countless amazing treks throughout the Himalayas, the routes around Dharamshala are something truly special. There are walks for all kinds of fitness levels and walking abilities, and as long as you have a guide with you you’re sure to have a safe, fun time.
Food and drink in the Himalayas
Dal Bhat is the perfect mountain meal. The lentil soup is hearty, filling, and easy to make in large batches. A must-eat in the cold mountain evenings.
The borders in these parts have always been porous, so it makes sense there’s a lot of outside influence that combine to make up Indian Himalayan cuisine. One of the best examples of this is Momo, a kind of steamed dumpling that many believe has its origins in Nepal, but is now a firm favourite among Indians in the region.
The restorative properties of tea are well known, but there’s no place you’ll feel the drink’s special powers more than after a long day of walking in the high altitude. Chai is spiced differently depending on who makes it for you, but one thing’s for sure: it will warm the stomach and make the tastebuds happy.
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