India Himalaya, Kashmir & Sikkim
The Himalayas are the world's highest & mightiest mountains. Himalaya means 'Abode of Snow' and from its lofty summits flow many of the Indian subcontinent's great rivers - the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Indus - nurturing life since time immemorial. The sheer geographic diversity on offer, encompassing high altitude pastures, verdant forested valleys, turquoise lakes and a kaleidescope of flora and fauna, make travel to these lofty heights a must.
In the west is the Indian state of Kashmir famous for destinations such as Sonmarg, Gulmarg and Srinigar - home to intricately carved and delightful houseboats.
Cradled by the Karakoram and Great Himalaya ranges you will also find the former kingdom of Ladakh - a high-altitude desert radiating a stark beauty.
Here you can witness rural simplicity and glimpse the climatically harsh, yet deeply spiritual, Buddhist way of life. In this lofty enclave an
abundance of monasteries spread through mountain villages, perch on rocky hilltops and cling to sheer cliffs.
In the east one can explore the Kingdom of Sikkim & the tea plantations of Darjeeling that lie beneath the third highest mountain in the world - Kangchenjunga.
Why we like it
- Orchards & wildflower meadows
- Buddhist medieval monasteries
- Prime trekking territory
- Picturesque villages
- Snowcapped peaks & forested valleys