A Guide to Vacationing in the Indian Himalayas

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The Himalayas, of course, are a mountain range that stretch out across a lot of Asia. It touches Pakistan, China, Nepal, and Bhutan, as well as India. It’s home to perhaps the most famous mountain of all time – Mount Everest. (Mount Everest isn’t the “Indian section”, so we’re not going to be exploring that here. Sorry!) The Himalayas make for an incredible landscape, and are without question one of the world’s greatest wonders.

People often don’t realize how realistic it is to vacation  there. Perhaps the most popular means of access to the Himalayas (if we’re discounting Mount Everest from this equation!) is via India. Not only is India a beautiful getaway in itself, but it’s also a very tourist-friendly location when we consider the Himalayas.

When to go

Deciding when to go on a vacation is usually pretty simple for most people. They put a premium on heat and sunshine, and so go during the summer months. If others prefer the opposite, but not too cold, they go in late autumn. But things aren’t so simple when it comes to the Himalayas.

The weather behavior in the Himalayas are so complex that not even the natives can really get to grips with it. So it’s not really as easy as deciding whether you want to go when it’s hot or cold. It has a lot with what you plan to do, as well as whether the tourist facilities you plan to use will be open. In general, it’s said that the best period in which to visit the Indian section is between late October and early May.

What to do

When people think about vacationing in the mountains, they usually think of only one thing: trekking. Climbing. Hiking. Very physical and demanding activities. And that is a big part of what there is to do in the Indian Himalayas. If this is your main focus when going on such a vacation, you must make sure you’re adequately prepared for the journey. There are a lot of useful resources that can help you get to grips with what you need for your first trek.

But not everything can be reduced to climbing. This is a place rich in history, culture, and things to see and do. Of course, you’re not going to find a place loaded with tacky tourist attractions and stores. The nature of the environment is well-preserved. Indeed, many visitors come just for the sense of natural adventure the place provides. There are several specific things you can do if you want to find out more about the culture here. For example, you can check out the Hindu pilgrimage circuit Chota Char Dham.

Where to stay

Many seem to be under the impression that Himalayan accommodation has to be provided by visitors themselves in the form of a tent. Not true. There are several getaway locations in the Indian Himalayas. Everything from cheap, practical accommodation to luxury pamper-houses exist for visitors.

Some of the Indian Himalayan hideaways are famous throughout the world. Some are only known by the most intrepid and curious of travellers. Make sure you do your accommodation research well, because there’s a mountain of choice available to you.

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