Indian Himalayas

Out of approximately  2500 km of the entire Himalayan range over 1300 km is within Indian borders and includes kashmir, ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and North East frontier states. The Indian Himalayas are situated almost at the centre of the great Himalayan chain with over 200 named and unnamed peaks  and Mt.Nandadevi 7916 meters being the highest. This is a delightful region of soaring peaks, glistening glaciers, forested hills, flower strewn meadows, deeply refered temples and very friendly simple people.The legendary Ganges (Ganga) orginates in the Garhwal Himalayas. Four of the most sacred Hindu shrines Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnth and Badrinath, all in the Garhwal Himalayas are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

Surrounded by Tibet in the north east, Nepal in the east  and Ladakh in the north west, the great Indian Himalayas has several wilderness trails through dense forests of Cedar, Oak, Pine and Rhododendron that harbour a large variety of Himalayan fauna. These leads to lush verdant valleys and undulating green meadows carpeted with alpine flowers in summers. The blue and Emerald lakes , magestic waterfalls, meandering rivers, rich thick forests, incredible mountains, green valleys and a wide range of flora and fauna, including birds and butterflies provides a glorious combination. People living in Himachal Pradesh and Garhwal are basically farmers and are very simple, friendly and god fearing. This can be measured by number of temples and deities they worship. In the lower valleys they have terraced farm fields; higher up they take their herds of goates , sheep and buffaloes  for grazing in the summer. Most of the people in the upper valleys are shepherds and are used to scrambling about on steep hillsides, so they make excellent porters.

There used to be extensive trade with Tibet through Niti, Mana and Polamsunda passes until about 35 years ago but now with  (politically!!!) strained relations between India and China, there is no further trade link with Tibet.

Most of this region was closed for any touristic activities for more than three decades and therefore now has tremendous potential for adventure. As compared with some of the overcrowded parts of the Himalayas , the camp sites over here are clean and so are the water points.  Some of the villages in the Indian Himalayan regions and tribal areas  are vertually untouched by modern influences and developments and life is lived there as it was lived centuries ago!!

DehraDun the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and Simla or Kullu  Gateway to the Himachal Pradesh Himalayas can easily be reached by overnight train , a 6 hours drive or a 45 minutes flight from New Delhi the capital of India. Dharamsala (Macleodganj) , the Tibetan Government in exile and the home of Dalai lama is just about 6 hours drive from Simla.

Garhwal and Kumaon:

This portion of the 2500KM Himalayan range in the state of Uttarakhand is the newest section of the Himalayas opened to foreigners. Known for thousands of years to Hindu pilgrims seeking salvation this area is relatively new to tourism.  Still unstressed by the commercialism of excessive tourism, this is perhaps the most beautiful, remote and unspoilt areas of the Himalayan range. This section is dotted with over two hundred mountain peaks, lorded over by the mighty 7916M Mount Nanda Devi (25727Ft).

These 650 KM, the central section of the Himalayas, borders Tibet in the North, and Nepal in the East.  This towering Himalayn range feeds the massive snow fed rivers Tons in the West, the Kali in the east and the Ganga, Yamuna in the central region.  The trails in these mountains overlook lush verdant valleys, undulating green meadows alpine flowers.  Through the Deodar, Cypress, pine and oak forests roaring waterfalls and clear blue lakes the trekker shares the forest with countless birds and butterflies, bears and deer, leopards and elk and yaks.

Best Time to Visit:

Uttarakhand is a year round travel  destination except during the monsoon.  The monsoon begins mid July and lasts for about two months into  Mid-September.
Summers permit treks upto altitudes as high as 5500 metres.  In winter the Himalayas experience very heavy snows (The largest amount of Ice and snow outside if the poles is in the Himalayas!).  Trekking is limited to an altitude of about 3500 meters.  The vistas are gorgeous with snow covered lands, blue sky and lots of sun.

For wildlife safaris and River rafting, October till April is the best time.  The rivers are swollen with the monsoon waters rolling off the mountains, The grass is lush and the animals are everywhere gorging on the bounty the monsoon has brought.        

Himachal Pradesh is an Indian state in the north-west of India. Himachal Pradesh is spread over 55,780 square kilometers.  It is bordered by the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir on north, the farmlands of the state of Punjab in the west and the south-west.  The States of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are to the South while Uttarakhand forms the Southeastern Border, and Tibet and China border the east. Himachal Pradesh translated means “ Land of snows” and is a cold wonderland.  Himachal Pradesh is a very beautiful land, with dark gorges, stately pine forests and manicured tea gardens. The Dhauladhar range in the north and the Shivalik hills further south stand guard over the state of Himachal Pradesh.  This is a land of contrasts, a land of faith and religion, war and monarchs, religious ceremony and fierce epic battles.  The land is dotted with forts and monuments, with ancient Buddhist monastries and temples.  Its called the valley of the Gods.   The social whirl of Simla. The invigorating hot springs at Vashisht, Tattapani and Manikaran. The thrill of the angler in landing a splendid trout in the Beas or the Indian fish Mahasir in the Yamuna and Giri rivers. The Dalai Lama of Tibet lives in Himachal Pradesh from where he leads the Tibetan faithful.  Macleodganj where he has lived since fleeing Tibet almost a half century ago   has become a pilgrimage centre for Tibetans living in India!!  Among the many tours   we do in Himachal Pradesh, one especially popular is a combination of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab where we visit the Golden Temple, the holiest, most sacred temple for the world’s Sikhs.  

Best Season:

Himachal Pradesh has visitors travelling to it year round.  In winter however there is no trekking due to the huge snow falls in the state. In those months visitors go for the sights and cultural tours. Trekking is restricted to the summer months starting from April and continuing into October.

Grading of the tours :

Once we hear from you with your querries for trekking in a particular region, we shall be pleased to send you the programme along with our gradings!! All our trekking tours are graded and should be taken as a guide line only. Our grades take into account a combination of the distance walked , the toughness of the terrian, the altitude, the remoteness, climate and the overall length of the whole tour and the degree of comfort to be expected. This all will be incorporated with our programmes sent to you.

When you are sending your trekking querries ,   please let us know what grade trekking holiday you are looking for.

In order to make it easier for you our trek gradings are as follows:

A - Easy : - For anyone of any age. Plenty of stops and time to enjoy the local scenery. The trip will not solely consist of  walking each day but allowing time for sightseeing and touring the area using the transport .

B - Moderate : - For anyone who is a 'regular" hill walker and is looking forward  walking on rugged terrain on longer stretches.

C - Fairly strenous : - This is for the keen hill walker. Trekking is sustained, often involving high mountain passes, but still with plenty of time for rest and relaxation at the end.

D - Strenuous and at time challenging : - These trips are meant for real physically fit people with lots of experience in the high mountains and who are willing to rough it out under adverse conditions


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