We will be open at 9:00 am. Call 020 7590 0798
Kanchenjunga, India

Himalayas & Foothills

An abode of snow

Visit the Himalayas & Foothills

Introduction

The Himalayas, a 1,800-mile mass of white-tipped peaks and glacial valleys, runs from Afghanistan, along the northern borders of India and Nepal and into remote southwest China. But, amid this mass of rock, ice and snow, verdant valleys sustain some of the Subcontinent's remotest communities, from colonial hill stations to villages hidden among the tea plantations.

A land of giants

This ‘abode of snow’, which straddles the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and is enclosed by the Indus and Brahmaputra rivers, has profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia and many of its peaks are sacred in Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Some of the Himalaya’s mightiest peaks can be found within India’s borders, including Kanchenjunga, which at 8,586m is the third highest mountain on earth.


Hill stations

India’s peaceful hill stations offer a welcome respite from the heat of the plains and a fascinating glimpse of life at the foot of the world’s greatest mountain range. Shimla, a perennial favourite reached via the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, was once the summer capital of the British Raj. And, to this day the town retains a distinctly English atmosphere, its colonial-era buildings clinging to the mountainside. To the east, the acclaimed tea growing region of Darjeeling has a considerable Tibetan presence and offers some spectacular trekking routes while the remote state of Sikkim, with its atmospheric monasteries, rhododendron-clad valleys and spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, is more off-the-beaten track, but no less appealing. 


Top itineraries in Himalayas & Foothills

India's Hill Stations & Tea Plantations

13-day tailor-made journey from £3,395 pp incl. flights

This luxury holiday takes in the colonial gems of Kolkata followed by the beautiful hill stations of India's eastern Himalayas, from the monasteries of Sikkim to Darjeeling, where you'll learn about the art of tea production.

Indian Himalayas

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,540 pp incl. flights

This incredible luxury tour brings you the highlights of the Indian Himalayas. You will marvel at the breathtaking vistas of Shimla, the hustle and bustle of Delhi, and the Tibetan outpost of Dharamsala.

Top places to stay in Himalayas & Foothills

Elgin Mount Pandim, Sikkim

Traditional hotel

Past the tea plantations, high up in the Himalayas, this stunning hotel lies on an eight-acre hillside estate with fabulous views. Built by local royalty, the hotel continues to be recognised for its fine features, décor that is decidedly on the decadent side and perfectly landscaped gardens.

Grace Hotel Dharamshala, Himalaya

Traditional hotel

Tucked away in the Kashmiri Himalayas, the Grace Hotel is a mountainside manor offering over two centuries of history alongside welcoming and luxurious hospitality. The traditional building blends beautifully with the forest-clad foothills of the Dhauladhar range, and the elevated position means ea…

Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

Historic hotel

Glenburn Tea Estate is a plantation retreat located in Darjeeling, which offers tea-tasting tours, and fantastic Himalayan views

Hyatt Amritsar, Amritsar, Punjab

Contemporary hotel

Hyatt Amritsar is an elegantly appointed five-star hotel, with a beautiful spa

See all places to stay

Where to go in Himalayas & Foothills

Shimla

Shimla is the capital of the northern mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh and India's largest and best hill station.

Hill Stations

India's hill stations offer a fascinating respite from the height of the plains and a unique window onto colonial life. Shimla was once the summer capital of the British Raj and the town retains and English feel. The best way to reach the city is via the scenic, narrow-guage Toy Train. The Victoria…

When to go to Himalayas & Foothills

Average temperature (℃)
Average rainfall (mm)
  • 30
  • 20
  • 10
  • 0
  • 520
  • 390
  • 260
  • 130
  • 0

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Max temp Min temp Rainfall

The best time to visit India’s Himalayan region is from March to May, when the spring brings warmer weather and the slopes are carpeted in rhododendrons. From October to December, following the summer monsoon, is also a popular time, with the views of the high mountains at their sparkling best.

See regional weather

Meet our Himalayas & Foothills experts

Speak to a tailor-made specialist on 020 7590 0798

Meet the team

Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0798 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

Learn why Wexas is the leader in creating luxury holidays. What is tailor-made travel?

Expert advice & support

Visit us in our London office

Let our travel specialists curate the perfect holiday:

  • Inspirational ideas based on experience
  • Established for over 45 years
  • Tailor a holiday to your precise requirements
  • Personalised quotes and documentation
  • In-depth Wexas travel guides

Every step of the way

Every step of the way

Our services are with you from start to finish:

  • Dedicated personal consultants
  • Wexas Travel App
  • Free airport lounges on qualifying bookings
  • Care and guidance pre, post and during holiday
  • Full financial security: ABTA & ATOL protected