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Five Himalayan Destinations
Ideal for This Summer

Visit these popular places in the Himalayas

The Himalayas are one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. They are the ultimate destination for many hikers and pilgrims; all drawn to the myriad of natural beauty sights. Everything is framed by the mountains which tower over you, wherever you are. It is an ideal destination for anyone and has a huge variety of culturally interesting places to visit.

Many of the summer capitals were built in the early 20th century and were designed to look and feel like an English hamlet. This was to aid with the homesickness often experienced by the English rulers of the time. This period is also important as it was the time when much of the beauty of the Himalayas was made more accessible; ensuring that everyone could witness it.

Five of the best places, which are ideal to visit this summer, are:

Gulmarg & Sonamarg

There have been many films shot in this cup shaped meadow. It is a place of complete solitude, the only sound available being the cowbells as the herd meander across the meadow. The meadow stretches on for approximately 3km and is up to 1km wide in places. The meadow is overflowing with buttercups, forget-me-nots, daisies and bluebells. Gulmarg & Sonamarg are best places for indulging in a spot of river rafting and is also an excellent choice for trekkers.

Springtime scene in the Himalayas
If you enjoy solitude, you will find peace and serenity in the meadows
on the Himalayas mountains.

Ladakh & Leh

Ladakh is situated across four of the greatest mountain ranges in the world: The Himalayas, Zanskar, Ladakh and the Karakoram. It is also the highest place in India which is inhabited. Its height ensures that any visit must be taken slowly; to ensure you have time to acclimatize to the thin air and lower oxygen levels. The best way to approach Ladakh is by car from Srinagar; the journey takes two days but will take you through some of the most stunning scenery you will ever be fortunate enough to witness.

Srinagar & Shimla

Srinagar is home to the Dal Lake where there are communities of people who have lived there for centuries. The houseboat and the Shikara communities are so well established that it is quite possible to live there and never need to set a foot on land. The area used to be extremely popular with the Mughal emperors and there are an abundance of well planted gardens dating from this period.

As for Shimla, the destination is one of the most spectacular of the hill stations built by the British in the 19th century. It was a place where the British could retreat to refresh themselves and leave the heat of the plains behind. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and has the Himalayas snow topped peaks as its backdrop. You can play golf or you can ski, there is always something to appeal; whatever the time of year.

A winter scene in the Himalays
The Himalayas snow topped peaks can be seen in background
from many of Himalayan places.

Kullu & Dharamsala

KUllu is a small town with a long history of faith. Every year the area plays host to the Dussehra Festival and Gods and Goddesses appear all across the valley. There is a lot of dancing, singing and general festivities. There are a wide range of temples here, each with its own historical significance.

Dharamsala on the other hand, is a village that overlooks the plains and is well known to be the base camp for many of those who wish to explore the mountains. The town is a vibrant, hustling bazaar style place where people live simply and enjoy stunning surroundings. The Tibetan culture is reflected in the colorful temple and the Gompas. You can also study the rich cultural history of the town in the Kangra museum.

Sarahan

Last but not least we have Sarahan, which must be seen to be believed. It is a small village in the western Himalayas and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Sarahan is surrounded by mountains; some of which are still considered too scared to climb. The valleys below are lush and green with the river Sutlej rumbling through them and the snow covered peaks add a mystical quality to the setting.

Have you made a decision yet? The Great Himalayan mountain chain is waiting for you with the fine luxurious Himalayas holiday. Come explore its natural reserves and rugged peaks now that its summer and you’ll have the time of your life.

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