Indian Himalayas is undoubtedly one of the most fave destination of globetrotters. A Indian Himalayas Tour will surely usher you to unique world of breathtaking beauty, intoxicating air, diverse flora and fauna.States like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal are the major tourist destination nestled in Indian Himalayas.
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Indian Himalayas

Himalayan States In India : Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim & North Eastern States.
Major Adventure Sports : Mountaineering, Trekking, River Rafting, Skiing
Major Peak : Kangchenjunga

Dhankar Village in Indian HimalayaIndian Himalayas cover the entire northern part of India, nestling five major states of the country within it. The ancient Indian pilgrims who have traveled in these mountains since time immemorial have coined a Sanskrit word for the Himalayas meaning "Abode of Snow".

People have been fascinated by the Indian Himalayas because of the Hindu pilgrim routes, the low valleys that abruptly rises up in high mountain ranges, the lovely trekking routes, densely forest areas lying just a mountain range away from barren cold deserts, and the lovely people of the mountains with their unique hospitable lifestyles.

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu Kashmir is the first Himalayan state of India. it is further divided into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladak regions. Dogri, Kashmiri, Hindi & Ladakhi are the main languages of this area. Seasons to visit these places vary from ranges to ranges. Jammu is best suited from October To February, Kashmir can be visited from May To October & November To February and ladakh is favorable from Mid June To September.

Among the most attractive activities that this Indian state offer is the adventure opportunities that can be segregated into trekking, mountaineering and Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari.

In the summer season Kashmir offers a series of a less rigorous adventure sports, such as Water Skiing, on Srinagar's Dal and Nagin Lakes, a popular part time in the valley. Water trekking is a delight to anyone wanting to explore the valley in a boat. A Gondala, locally known as Shikara, takes sightseers along a five-day route along rivers and lakes situated within the valley. Enjoy spending nights camping along the way. Trout fishing is another delightful water sport in Kashmir and fishing season lasts all through summer.

What makes a mountaineering expedition, an adventure one could never forget? If its done on the glaciers that are still craving to be explored. The Himalayan range offers some of the most rigorous mountaineering challenges one can ever come across. The glaciers of Ladakh and Kashmir regions can test one's survival to the fittest and most testing of them all is the Siachen glacier, known as the largest glacier outside the Polar Regions.

Himachal Pradesh
For sheer geographical diversity, few places in the world are as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh. Hindi and Pahari are the languages spoken here and from May to Mid-October is the most favored months for visits.

Himachal also store numerous wonderful hill stations, which are particularly cool in summers. Shimla, Dalhousie, Kullu, Manali and Kufri are a few of the hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh which offer breathtaking scenery and countless options of adventure sports. Dharamshala, where the Dalai Lama lives, is another important centre on the tourist map.

Rivers in deep gorges and placid mountain lakes, thick forests and acres of scree, mountainsides draped with snow, and green Alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a whole range of adventure activities is also enormous. There are day-bikes by the thousand, and the trek routes follow trails that last a couple of days - or can extend over a few weeks. These vary from gentle walks over easy terrain, to grueling expeditions. Himachal has a niche of adventure for everyone.
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Sikkim form the eastern part of Himalayas and can be visited from March to May & October to December. It offers a holiday that is more like a voyage of adventure and discovery. When the misty rain wraps the slopes in lacy wisps of clouds, you will find yourself trekking at 14,000 ft or more. If you are more enthusiastic about the thrills of untamed waters, then go for some Rafting or Kayaking experience in Teesta River. And as the mountain scopes of Eastern Himalayas are so luring, how about having a mountaineering expedition and conquering those virgin peaks, which are craving to be explored! The ones looking for safari trips check out the Yak Safari's that is an unforgettable experience in itself.
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Uttaranchal (Uttarakhand)
Lying in the north of the vast and bountiful expanse of India and cradled in the awesome beauty and calm serenity of the stately Himalayas, Uttaranchal - the "Devbhumi" that has attracted tourists and pilgrims from world over. Kumaoni, and Garhwali are the main languages of this region. April to June & September to Mid-November are the best time to visit this place.

Sacred pilgrimages of different religions including the world famous "Char Dham" or the four Hindu pilgrimage destinations of Shri Badrinath - Kedarnath - Gangotri - Yamunotri; the sacred Sikh pilgrimage of Hemkund - Lokpal, Nanakmatta and Meetha - Reetha Sahib and Piran Kaliyar have drawn pilgrims and seekers for spiritual fulfillment to Uttaranchal. Kailash Mansarovar, Tholingmath are all in the Chinese occupied Tibet, but for the people of yesteryears, these were some of the most important landmarks in Uttaranchal.

The queen of hills, Mussoorie, the lake district of India - Nainital, Kausani, Pauri, Landsdowne, Ranikhet, Almora, Pithoragarh, Auli, Munsiyari and many more attractive tourist destinations are part of Uttaranchal.

North Eastern Indian Himalayan States
The North-Eastern region of India, comprises of seven states, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. October to march are the best time to be here.

The region of northeastern India will whet the appetite of the traveler, the tourist, the anthropologist and the observers. It is impossible to describe the nuances that make this area unique, challenging and interesting. Get to any one of the place and the result will be that you will long to return again and again.

Assam possibly has more folklore and tradition than other place in India. There are archaeological ruins all over Assam but the ones around Sibsagar should simply must not be missed. The largest river island of the world, Manjuli along with Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary is a magnificent sight to be seen. Guwahati, the capital city of Assam where the famous Kamakahya temple is located on a hilltop, has evolved as a major business centre.

Folk Dancers in Arunachal PradeshArunachal Pradesh
Because of the remoteness, the state of Arunachal have not been overtaken by urban ethos. Yet the fine balance between advancement and keeping in touch with ones roots is nowhere as clearly visible as in the state. Arunachal Pradesh has primary jungles, deep gorges and villages in really remote places. The changing colors provide a constant reminder of diversity and cheerful spirits.

Cane bridges, swaying precariously over roaring white waters is often the only form of bridges. Ziro, Daporijo, and Pasighat are the main place to be at.

Inhabited by swarthy tribes, Nagaland has its own distinct culture and ethos. Happy and cheerful, the people have an innate sense of music and colour. Gateways to villages and houses are really something to see. The all-prevalent greenery continues and the scenic beauty of the state overwhelms us.

Manipur is culturally different from the rest of the Northeast region because of the Vaishnav influence and some of the dance forms are very distinct and stylized. Along with dance forms, various martial arts are practiced here and the game of Polo is said to have originated in Manipur. The capital city of Imphal has a lot to offer - war cemeteries, Kangla, the building that housed field marshal slim during World War II, the Orchidarium, many temples. One of the more interesting areas to visit is the Ima Market or Mothers' Market, which is run by women only.

Tripura is steeped in history with linkages established from the legendary Limar dynasty. Recorded history dates back to almost 3,000 years. Even Samudra Gupta's pillars mention the existence of this state. This is yet another state like Manipur where Christian influence is negligible. It is the unique continuous history that has to be absorbed here. In geographical terms, Tripura is a small state and the second smallest state of India.

The architecture of the temple of Lord Jagannath is interesting and worth studying. It rises from an octagonal base. The Ujjayant Palace, dating back to Bir Bikram, is equally interesting with its Indo-Saracenic architecture. Old buildings and ruins are worth exploring and are in plenty like the lake palace called Neer Mahal on Rudrasagar Lake in Udaipur, the ancient capital. Sipahijala is an interesting area to spend the day.

Unlike the others seven sisters, Meghalaya's terrain consists more of rolling hills and less of steep climbs. There are beautiful meadows with fringes of pine forests everywhere. There are breathtaking waterfalls with deep valleys.

Meghalayas culture has a unique mixture of the traditional and the modern ethos. People are fiercely proud of their roots and yet British influence is quite pronounced. Shillong is the busy hub centre of Meghalaya. The Idew Market or Burra Bazar is one of the most interesting markets one can ever see over here. For hours, one can explore the different levels and myriad alleys with shops displaying a mind-boggling array of items. In and around Shillong itself, there is lots to do. Visit the butterfly museum or Ward Lake or golf course or Shillong.

Over the years, Mizoram has managed to maintain its special touch with Aizawl being the hub centre. Pollution is low and despite "Jhuming" - a slash and burn type of cultivation - the greenery is intact. The hills rise towards the centre of Mizoram therefore Aizawl is pleasant throughout the year. Lunglei, Champhai and Saiha are the other centers.

Driving along the roads with plenty of orchids makes it a perfect route for long drives. If one ventures into the forests, the rewards in terms of varieties of orchids would be great. The beauty of Mizoram lies in its unique harmony between man and nature. The clouds come to rest in the valleys, rainbows abound, small waterfalls gurgle past, greenery is all encompassing, handicrafts are in plenty, the shawls are colorful and the markets exude cheer.

Indian Himalayas tour provides a golden chance to visit several Himalayan colonies like Assam, Mizoram, Meghaylaya, Uttarakhand etc.

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