When the intensity of India’s summer in the northern plains pushes people to cooler regions, the Far North beckons.
Bound by Srinagar in the west, and Darjeeling and Gangtok mountain views, refreshing climates and sanctuaries where the faithful pay homage to their gods and live according to ancient custom.
Feast on a forty-course Wazwan meal aboard a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir. Travel the high-mountain passes that lead to Leh where monasteries and stupas abound the tiny toy train to Darjeeling, where Buddhist prayer wheels whirl away outside monasteries heavy with incense and candle smoke. And if the weather is just right, you can you can you can view Everest far-off in the distance.
Taste momos and tsampa in Dharamshala – home to the Dalai Lama in exile and large numbers of his Tibetan followers. Almora is a small hill station where some of our village walks begin. Quaint Victorian architecture from colonial times characterises Shimla where pleasures
The hills are fondly remembered for the sound of tiny bells that tinker with the breeze in small shrines.
What memory will stay with you?
Suggested Tours of Far North India
This meandering, gently paced journey showcases the pristine beauty and cultural diversity of the Indian Himalaya.
This six day Kashmir itinerary can be enjoyed as a standalone trip or is an ideal add on to your travels elsewhere in India.
Genuine hospitality, incredible natural beauty and a fascinating history are some of the reasons why Sikkim is so special.
Not found in guidebooks, and off the well-trodden tourist trails, this walking tour offers an unforgettable experience of the remote kingdom of Sikkim – home to spectacular scenery, remarkable religious monuments and vibrant cultures.
Starting in history laden Kolkata and winding your way by train through tea plantations up to Darjeeling, and then beyond to Sikkim and the Himalayan range, this trip will give you a little bit of heritage, some altitude, and many beautiful vistas.
Manali to Leh is one of the world’s great road trips, offering some of the most dramatic scenery and mountain passes of the entire Himalayan range.
Remote, stark, haunting, extreme, unforgettable. All words which start to describe the Himalayan region of Ladakh.
The Kuari Pass Trek, also known as Curzon’s Trail after Lord Curzon’s expedition to this region in 1905, is a 12 day Uttarakhand trek through dense forests of oak, pine, cedar, birch and rhododendron, as well as wide open flower-filled meadows typical of this region.
The spectacular Kumaon region in the state of Uttarakhand, close to the border of western Nepal, is one of the best-kept secrets in the Himalaya. This unique trip involves gentle walking of 10 to 15 kilometres per day, with overnight stays in refurbished village homes.
Off the well-trodden tourist trails but within easy reach of Delhi and Shimla, this walking tour offers an unforgettable experience of the remote Banjar Valley.
Near perfect conditions, deep powder and a sense of the unexplored lures skiers and snowboarders to the ‘meadows’ of Gulmarg, high in the Kashmir Himalaya. This one’s for serious boarders and skiers.
This is India with a Tibetan twist. Dharamsala is the home of the Dalai Lama and many Tibetan people living in exile. By spending several days here, you will get a strong sense of the Himalayas, Tibetan Buddhism and the living culture of the Tibetan people themselves.