Home to some of the highest mountain ranges on the planet and carpeted with dense green forests, the Himalayas embody the most majestic grandeur and rugged beauty that nature can bestow.
The Himalayan peaks represent a wholly different side to India. Large snow-capped highlands, crisp mountain air, mighty rivers and glacial lakes replace the cacophonous streets and glittering buildings of India’s colourful bewildering cities. From tea plantations to cliffside monasteries, the region offers an abundance of sensational sights and experiences. Himalayas tours also provide the chance to discover the region's unique flora and fauna, including snow leopards, red pandas, yaks and the cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas in Dharamshala, the Dalai Lama's home-in-exile.
Travel through the foothills of the Himalaya and admire the breathtaking surrounding scenery. Take in the storied monasteries, fortresses and dramatic landscapes of Bhutan. Here you'll find the breathtaking sight of Taktsang Lhakhang, or "The Tiger's Nest", undoubtedly the most famous landmark in Bhutan. Nestled 900 metres above the valley, this sacred monastery must be seen to be believed. A stop in Bhutan also provides the chance to take in the spectacular views of the Paro Valley, as well as an intriguing visit to the National Museum of Bhutan. Elsewhere, the historic Himalayan hill station of Shimla, the former capital of the British Raj, makes for another worthwhile addition to Himalayas tours itineraries. There is a ban on traffic in the town centre, making a stroll along the promenade of the The Ridge, with its various cultural sights and activities, as well as the shopping hub of Mall Road, especially pleasant. A little further afield, the 19th-century Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens, formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India, houses an array of interesting artefacts dating back to the British rule of the country.
Wind your way through the foothills of Darjeeling, where tea plantations unfold below the distant vastness of some of the world's highest mountains. Once a Victorian holiday resort, this charming town is awash with incredible scenery. From colonial architecture and Buddhist monasteries to souvenir hunting at the local bazaars and, of course, tasting the local tea, Darjeeling is justifiably a popular addition to many Himalayas tours. Home to Kanchenjunga, the world's third-tallest mountain, and the awe-inspiring Singalila Ridge, the scenery here is undeniably photo-worthy. To enjoy it at a more gentle pace, a ride on the 19th century Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a must, while the pedestrianised Chowrasta public square is the perfect spot for enjoying a leisurely brew complete with a view of the surrounding mountains.
Experience the splendour of the Himalaya on our India tours and take in sights that will take your breath away.
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