Visit the Himalayas & Foothills
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.
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
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.
Top places to stay in Himalayas & Foothills
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.
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 is a plantation retreat located in Darjeeling, which offers tea-tasting tours, and fantastic Himalayan views
Where to go in Himalayas & Foothills
Shimla is the capital of the northern mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh and India's largest and best hill station.
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
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.
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