What are the top ten things to do in the Himalayas?
From adventure sports in stunning locations to Tibetan monasteries and snow-capped peaks, there’s much to see and do in the Himalayas. Head out on exhilarating treks amid the world’s highest mountain range as you are surrounded by truly scenic vistas. Enjoy vacations with a view at hill stations like Shimla and Manali. Immerse yourself in the serenity of Buddhist towns like McLeod Ganj. Stunning locales are yours to discover in beautiful Ladakh. There are so many things to do in the Himalayas!
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1Discover the Charms of Dharamsala
The seat of the Tibetan exiled government, Dharamsala is one of the spiritual centers of India and a popular destination on Himalayan trips with its impressive cultural and natural delights.
You can go hiking, mountain biking and, with a little luck, you may even get to see the Dalai Lama.
The landscape of Ladakh is a true paradise for hikers. Follow the winding mountain trails and enjoy the view of snow-capped peaks, warm yourself in one of the cozy tea rooms or visit the impressive Tibetan monasteries.
Experience deserts, glaciers and landscapes all in one place! Go on a trek, enjoy a range of adventure sports – there are so many things to do in Ladakh!
3Visit the Nubra Valley
The Nubra Valley one of the major highlights of India, offering a change to the green mountains of the Himalayas with a sparse lunar landscape, sand dunes and pasturing camel caravans.
The valley is known for its orchards as well as monasteries that dot the region. Experience scenic vistas and authentic Himalayan experiences on your tour of the Nubra Valley!
4Go for a Train Journey in the Mountains
On a train ride with the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla-Railway, you will discover the Himalayas in a very special way. In cozy historical wagons you will see the mighty mountains past.
Be mesmerized by the scenic vistas that will leave you with memories for a lifetime! Make sure you have your cameras out to capture the stunning scenery you pass by!
The spiritual center in the shadow of the Himalayas is the ideal place to regenerate body and spirit! Here you can meditate, practice yoga and study the Indian philosophy of life.
One of the best places to rejuvenate is the peaceful town of Dharamsala.
6Discover High-altitude Temples
From Manali, you can take a hike over the Rohtang Pass. Here, surrounded by mighty mountains, there are many interesting Tibetan, Buddhist and Hindu temples.
Manali itself is a popular destination for honeymooners and adventure sports enthusiasts alike!
7Hunt for Handicrafts and Jewelry
The small town of Leh was once an important trading point. The colorful markets in the medieval streets of the city are reminiscent of this past. Here you can buy handicrafts and filigree jewelry.
Walking through the markets, surrounded by various colors, with the magnificent Himalayas in the background is an experience in itself!
In the mountain village of Alchi, Tibetan culture and tradition are particularly lively and the village has managed to hold onto its ancient traditions and customs.
Unlike the other regions of Ladakh, Alichi is lush and green! The Alchi Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist centers in the region, and goes back nearly 1000 years.
9Explore the Attractions of British-era Shimla
A historic tour through Shimla, once a summer residence of the English, will take you to numerous impressive churches and stately villas. Walk through pedestrianized streets, as you admire the vestiges of colonial architecture still visible across the city.
But beware! Watch out for your belongings, for the secret rulers of the city are the ruffian monkeys.
10Enjoy Yoga and Meditation
The spiritual Himalayan region is also a popular destination for yoga trips – find your inner center and bring your mind, body and spirit together. One of the best places to experience this is Rishikesh.
Would you like to experience the Kingdom of Heaven itself? Our India specialists will be pleased to advise you on your Himalayan tour.
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