Indian Vacation In Himalayas for Indian Tourist Visa
Himalayas are the abode of Yogis, towering mountains and the ultimate pinnacle of height. We cover Dharamsala, Leh, Assam, Darjeeling and Uttarkhand. We hope you enjoy the post.
The Himalayas in India have always been a wonderful escape from the fast pace of life down in the cities in the plains. Even the British when they ruled India used to move up to the mountains during the summer months in the country when it used to get scorching hot. Today with its enormous hills, which stand near Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, pristine rivers and waterfalls, lush greenery, the bluest skies, and fresh, clean air, the Himalayas are a huge tourist attraction not just to Indians but also to international tourists who come here to witness the scenic beauty of the states that lie in the lap of these mountains and to engage in such activities as camping, mountain climbing, trekking, paragliding, river rafting, skiing in winters, and other adventure activities. Another attraction is the possibility of taking short term Yoga and meditation courses in a place that is quite serene and peaceful. If you want to visit India and vacation in the Himalayas then we have you covered with this list of the best places you can visit in the Himalayas.
One of the most popular hill stations among tourists today, Mcleodganj is located near the town of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. Largely populated by Tibetans who have settled in this scenic town, Mcleodganj, also known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa which is a short form of Dharamsala used by the Tibetans, this hill station is famous not only for its majestic beauty but also for being a popular summer retreat for the British in the past and for being home to His Holiness The Dalai Lama who is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, in the present. The culture and atmosphere of the place is a delightful confluence of Tibetan and British. Some of the most popular places to visit while on vacation in Mcleodganj are the Bhagsu Waterfall, the Namgyal Monastery, a Tibetan temple where Dalai Lama is supposed to reside, the trek at Triund, and Dal Lake.
Ladakh translates to English as the land of high passes and it is indeed so, surrounded as it is by the Karakoram and the Himalayan mountain ranges. It is made up of the districts of Leh and Kargil and Leh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Himalayas. People go to Leh for its wonderful monasteries, its stunning landscape, and its bustling markets. When on a trip to Leh Ladakh you must make sure to visit the famous and sublimely beautiful Pangong Lake, which often freezes in the winter; the Magnetic Hill, which is popular for its supposed magnetic qualities that defy gravity; the Leh Palace, which is an edifice from the 17th century during the reign of the Namgyal dynasty; and Tso Moriri where some of the most rare Himalayan birds can be found.
Assam is not the most popular among the tourists but it is a delightfully beautiful place that you must make sure to visit. With acres of forests consisting of some of the richest biodiversity in the country, sparkling, untamed rivers, and tea plantations all across, it is full of spectacular and awe-inspiring places that you would always remember. Some of these places that you must make it a point to go and see in person are Kaziranga National Park, famous for the one-horned rhino, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most successful attempts at conservation of wildlife in India; Majuli, which is a pristine water island and home to Assam’s 'Mising' or 'Mishing' tribe whose culture is stamped all over the place; Hajo, which is a pilgrimage spot for Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists with its shrines for all three religions; and Silchar on the banks of the Surma or Barak River, which is one of the most picturesque places in Assam.
Known as the Queen of the Himalayas, Darjeeling is one of the most breathtaking and mesmerizing places in India. Its verdant greenery and panoramic views give it a heady beauty that is unparalleled by any other hill station. Popular for its famous tea plantations and tea gardens, the town is also known for its Toy Train, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tibetan cuisine, and the buildings showcasing colonial architecture. When visiting Darjeeling you must make sure to take a journey in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Toy Train; visit Tiger Hill where you can see a breathtaking sunset and also spot the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world; perhaps learn mountaineering at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute; and the Nightingale Park which is perfect for enjoying Darjeeling’s scenic beauty and cool weather.
A popular site for pilgrimage, this state is also perfect for a vacation. With its tall trees, beautiful flowers, snow capped mountains, and blue skies, it looks like a painting of an idyll come to life. If visiting Uttarakhand, you must make sure to go to Nainital, which is a quaint hill station famous for its lakes, especially the Naini Lake; Rishikesh, which is popularly known as the Yoga Capital of the World and where you can also visit such interesting places as the Beatles Ashram, which is a Yoga center that was once visited by the Beatles to learn the same; and Mussoorie, which is also one of India’s most popular hill stations.
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