Snowy Abode: Tours and Trekking in the Mighty Himalayas

The mighty Himalayas, famous for its hill stations, trekking, and spiritual passages, is the world’s highest mountain range, which fringes the north of India in a sweeping 1,500-mile-long arc. At hill stations like Manali and Shimla, wake up to panoramas of towering snow-capped peaks and craggy cliffs.

Besides scenic vistas, the Himalayas are spiritually and culturally enriching. Devotional songs rent the air as worshipers, at Hindu pilgrimage sites on the banks of the holy river Ganges, sing and pray each evening.
Tibetan Buddhism too has deep roots in the Himalayas. Buddhist chants and ritual horns announce the start of prayers in McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama. In the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, daily life and spiritual activity at monasteries carries on, unchanged for centuries. With mountains this high, there’s plenty of opportunity for soft adventure: hiking trails, trekking routes, white-water rafting.

The Himalayas are breathtaking and soul-stirring, but also vast and complex. Let an Enchanting Travels consultant become your mountain guide, building you the perfect itinerary through this awe-inspiring landscape.

A small taste of the wonders of the Himalayas can be found here:

Below you will find helpful Himalayas travel tips. Contact us directly and we will be happy to advise you. Enchanting Travels is your travel agent for individual Himalayan tours or trekking in the Himalayas.


Best Time to Visit the Himalayas

You will always enjoy impressive views during your Himalayas tour!

The temperatures, and therefore the best travel time for the Himalayas, vary according to altitude and latitude. Follow the link to discover the best time to travel on your Himalayas tour or trek.

Best time to Visit

Top 10 Things to do in the Himalayas

From lunar landscapes to undulating valleys and magnificent temples – the Himalaya region is ridden with treasures large and small. While Nepal is famed for the Annapurna Circuit, and Bhutan for its mountains and valleys, the Indian Himalaya region boasts diverse flora and fauna, offering diverse trekking, hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Follow the link to discover our top 10 things to do in the Himalayas.

Things to do in the Himalayas

Himalaya Travel Tips

What are the things to consider while planning a trip to the Himalaya region? What clothes should you pack for Himalaya travel, especially if you’re planning on visiting the Everest? What type of food can your expect in the Indian Himalayas and surrounding regions such as Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet? How to plan a visit to the Everest Base Camp? Our destination experts answer all these questions and more.

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Culture of the Himalayas

Encounter Buddhist Monks during your Himalayan tour

The Himalaya region offers unique cultural tours, from monasteries and palaces to indigenous communities, villages and settlements. Stretching across six states from Northern India to Sikkim and the far east, many of India’s plentiful rivers originate in this region. Naturally, as a source of water and therefore, of life, many

Uttarakhand is a major Hindu pilgrimage site. From Kedarnath and Badrinath (Hindu holy towns), to Haridwar, the Gateway to the Gods, the region has many religious sites to offer the hundreds of thousands who travel here every year!

Tibetan Buddhism has garnered much support in Himachal Pradesh, with the Dalai Lama establishing a capital in exile at McLeodganj near Dharamshala. Ladakh, apart from being a beautiful region, is quite well-known for its Tibetan culture and food. Many adventure-seekers travel on the mountain roads to visit Leh and Ladakh every year.

Himachal is well-known for beautiful handicrafts and leatherwork, carpet weaving. Shawls from this region are popular across India. In Himachal Pradesh, Hindi is the official language although a majority of the population speaks Pahari. In Uttarakhand, Hindi and Sanskrit remain the official languages, but Garhwali, Kumaoni, Urdu and Punjabi are spoken as well. English, although not commonly spoken, is widely understood in the entire region. Jammu and Kashmir have a high number of government and army schools and Himachal Pradesh prides itself on its high rate of literacy and tourism.

According to legend, the Himalayas are home to one of the world’s best-known cryptid – the yeti or abominable snowman! Although stories about the creature emerged as a part of Western popular culture in the 19th Century, the legend has become an intrinsic part of the regions mythology and history.

Top Himalayas Tour Tips – Culture:

  • Rishikesh located in Uttarakhand, is also known as the Yoga Capital of the World. With a well developed tourism industry, the region receives thousands of visitors every year!
  • The Kumbh Mela in Haridwar takes place on an auspicious date every January and thousands of Indians and foreigners congregate to celebrate this religious festival!
  • During your private Himalayas tour,  you can visit Shimla, the former British summer capital, which bears traces of British architecture and the way of life till this date.

Cuisine in the Himalayas

Precious saffron – one of the spices that gives the Himalayan cuisine its unique flavor

Uttarakhand is primarily a vegetarian state although meat is served in urban areas. Wheat is a staple part of the diet here and the harsh terrain prevents the growth of fibrous food items. Ghee and mustard oil are popularly used to cook in the area and sweets are aplenty! In Himachal Pradesh, roti (Indian flatbread) served with lentil soup and vegetables, is a popular traditional meal. Red meat is rather popular in the region and gravies are usually thick and spicy.

Dharamshala and Mcleodganj in particular, being the seat of the Dalai Lama, is home to a number of Tibetan and foreign nationals. As a consequence, the region boasts some delicious Tibetan as well as European cuisine. Ladakh also has a number of Tibetan settlers as well and the food here draws inspiration from Tibetan cuisine. Tea drinking is a rather important part of the culture throughout the region.

Whet your taste buds with one of these typical Himalayan specialities:

  • Thukpa: A Tibetan, noodle soup served with meat and vegetables in Leh and Ladakh
  • Ngampe: roasted barley flour served in Ladakh
  • Rogan josh: lamb curried in thick gravy and mixed with Kashmiri chillies, served in Kashmir
  • Yakhni: mutton cooked in a yogurt base
  • Aloo ke Gutke: Kumaoni snack prepared with boiled potatoes and served in Uttarakhand
  • Kesar Halwa: a sweet dish prepared with saffron

Top Himalayas Travel Tip – Cuisine:

Do visit the beautiful apple orchards of Himachal Pradesh during your private Himalayas tour, to sample some delicious, freshly-grown apples that the region is famous for.

Enchanting Travels welcomes you on your very own private and exclusive Himalayas tour.

History of the Himalayas

Nine of the ten highest peaks in the whole world are part of the Himalayas, this wonderful chain of mountains that include Mount Everest – the highest peak in the world and still rising! The mountains have stood guard over India for time immemorial, preventing many an invasion and preserving the country from the intense cold winds of the extreme north.

The Himalayas have been both a boundary and meeting ground for various cultures and many people have traveled to trade in this region and to visit religious sites. You don’t need to be a mountaineer to enjoy this fabulous region – learn more about unique Mount Everest tours offered by Enchanting Travels.

Thousands of travelers on the renowned Silk Road route from China to Persia and central Asia have passed through this region. The Himalayas was home to the Indus Valley civilization – one the three oldest civilizations of the world! Even now, may parts of the region bear similarities to neighboring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.

Several great rivers rise in the Himalayas, including the Brahmaputra, the Indus and the Ganges, and their drainage basins, which you can visit on your private Himalayas tour, house hundreds of millions of people. North of Delhi, the Himalayan region of India consists of three separate states – Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Several tribes occupied the state of Himachal Pradesh from time to time, dividing up the area into smaller regions or janapadas (great realms) that were later united under the Gupta dynasty.

The state of Uttarakhand, formerly Uttar Pradesh, is well known for its gorgeous scenery and many pilgrimage sites. The holy River Ganges starts in Uttarakhand, which is often referred to as Dev Bhoomi or Land of the Gods. Uttarakhand has reputedly housed many powerful sages over time – the Sage Vyasa is said to have penned the Indian epic Mahabharata as the protagonists of the epic apparently camped in the region for a while. During these centuries, the Rajputs, the Delhi Sultanate, Mahmud of Ghazni, Timur as well as the Mughals held sway over Himachal Pradesh intermittently.

In Uttarakhand the Gurkhas, who controlled a major part of the land in the early 19th century, conceded defeat to the British in 1816. When the first mutiny against the British came to pass in 1857, these Himalayan regions did not take part. However, the region was actively involved in the Indian struggle for freedom. Himachal Pradesh became a separate Indian state in 1950, and the state of Uttarakhand was established in 2006.

Himalayas Tour – Advisory Note:

Kindly note that due to civil instability, Enchanting Travels does not currently offer travel to many areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

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