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Himalaya Tours

The Himalayan foothills of North India offer spectacular scenery as well as a wealth of religious shrines and ancient monuments.

Our Himalaya tours explore gentle green hills and valleys, flower-filled meadows, rushing streams, waterfalls and forests set against a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

In addition to the incredible scenery, there are many towns and locations of important cultural and religious heritage in the region. These include the holy Sikh city of Amritsar featuring the Golden Temple, and McLeodganj, the present home of the Dalai Lama.

Beautiful Shimla is a nature lovers paradise, with hills of thick pine and cedar trees set against a backdrop of Himalayan peaks. Not surprisingly Shimla was the summer capital of the British Raj, with many grand houses still remaining.

The starkly beautiful desert landscape of Ladakh in far north India is dotted with ancient monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and high peaks amidst breathtaking, dramatic mountains. It’s villages and monasteries retain strong Buddhist cultural links with Tibet.

Sikkim in the far east of India is also famous for its Buddhist traditions as well as tea plantations and its picturesque views of the Himalayan region.

To find out more about our range of Himalaya tours in North India and Sikkim, please download pages below or click here to download the North India & Sikkim section of our India brochure.

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Rajasthan and North India Tour Highlights

Himalayan Scenery

Spectacular Himalayan Scenery

The northern border of India is dominated by the stunning landscapes of the Himalayan mountain range.

The green foothills of the Himalayas are perfect for gentle walks, exploring Buddhist temples or visiting beautiful Shimla, once the summer capital of the British Raj. Further north into the mountains is the state of Ladakh, with its capital Leh , known as “the city at the top of the world”. Towards the east is the tiny state of Sikkim,with its Buddhist monasteries, terraced tea gardens and amazing views of the high Himalayas.
Amritsar

Holy City of Amritsar

The ancient city of Amritsar was founded in 1577 by Ram Das, a guru of the Sikhs. It was named after a sacred pool, the Amrita Saras, or “Pool of Nectar”.

A Sikh temple was built on an island in the pool and the city became a sacred place of worship for Sikhs both at home and around the world. In the early 19th century, part of the temple was covered in gold foil, and was thereafter called the Golden Temple. This incredible temple is one of the most popular places to visit in India and attracts even more visitors than the Taj Mahal.
Shimla

The splendid colonial city of Shimla

With fresh air, the scent of pines and magnificent mountain scenery, Shimla was popular with officers of the British Raj seeking to avoid the summer heat.

Here you can enjoy incredible viewpoints at every turn, visit historic colonial mansions or simply relax at a luxury boutique hotel. Shimla can be reached by train from Delhi via the Shatabdi Express and then the Toy Train “Himalayan Queen”.
Ancient monasteries of Ladakh

Ancient monasteries and temples of Leh in Ladakh

The mountainous state of Ladakh in far north India is a fascinating land of rugged desert landscapes and snowy peaks.

Its capital, Leh, sits at an altitude of 3,524m above sea level and often called “the city at the top of the world”. Tibetan Buddhism dominates, and ancient monasteries (gompas) perch on rugged hilltops and prayer flags flutter in the wind. Visit the 600 year old Thiksey Monastery or the 14th century Likir Gompa with its priceless paintings.
Hidden kingdom of Sikkim

Hidden kingdom of Sikkim

The tiny state of Sikkim is bordered by Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet and is still relatively unspoiled by tourism.

Although the majority of the people are now Hindu, Buddhist prayer flags and whitewashed chortens are still ubiquitous sights. Sikkim is famous for its terraced tea gardens, Buddhist monasteries such as Rumtek and Pemayagtse and for the word’s third highest mountain, the Himalayan peak of Kanchenjunga which dominates the skyline.

India Himalaya Sample Itineraries

Our India Himalaya tours include a range of hotels, resorts, wilderness lodges and sightseeing tours which can be combined in an itinerary tailor made to suit your interests, style and budget. Choose from one of our featured itineraries or let us custom design a tour just for you. To find out more about the type of Indian Himalaya experience we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Himalayan Foothills

This tour combines the holy Sikh city of Amritsar with the green valleys of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Stay in McLeod Ganj, the present home of the Dalai Lama, where you can soak up the tranquil atmosphere of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Shimla - India Himalayas

Shimla

Indulge your senses at Oberoi’s 5 star Wildflower Hall, located at 8,350 feet in the magnificent Himalayas amidst 23 acres of thick pine and cedar forest. This fairy-tale luxury resort occupies the former residence of the iconic Lord Kitchener.

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Himalayan Wonderland

Flanked by magnificent mountains, Leh is the capital of Ladakh. Its enchanting Old Town is dominated by a Tibetan-style citadel, whilst its narrow streets are lined with traditional mud-brick houses and stupas.

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Sikkim – Hidden Kingdom

Lovely Sikkim brims with Buddhist monasteries, religious monuments and inspiring mountain scenery. This mountainous state combines wonderfully with the famous tea plantations of Darjeeling to the south.

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India Himalayas Overview

Why Himalayan Tours: The Himalayas offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. In contrast to much of India, this mountainous region has a strong Buddhist influence, and Macleod Ganj in Himachel Pradesh is the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile as well as the seat of his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

When to Go: The summer months of May – Aug are the best time to visit to the high altitude areas of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh as this region can be extremely cold in winter, and deep snow renders many mountain passes and valleys impassable. In summer, Shimla and the cool foothills provide welcome respite from the scorching heat of the plains, with April to August being the best time to visit. The best time to visit Amritsar is in winter.

Combine With: Other areas of India such as the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur), or with neighbouring Bhutan or Nepal.

Getting There: Shimla can be reached from Delhi by train. Most visitors to Ladakh fly into Leh Airport. For Kumaon and village walks, you can take a train from Delhi to nearby Kathgodam. For Sikkim, fly to Bagdogra.

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