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Himalayan North

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Though the Himalayas stretch across the entire northern border of India, this region covers only those states of India that lie on the northwestern section of this mountain range.

States[edit]

  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Uttarakhand
  • Haryana The state of Haryana, adjoining Delhi, is not usually ranked as a Himalayan state as the bulk of its territory is flat plains or the low Aravali hills around Delhi. However, its norther most district of Panchkula, which runs along Himachal Pradesh has two spur of the Shivalik range, the southernmost of the Himalayan ranges, with steep hills rising up to 1,200m above mean sea level. This section of the Shivalik also houses Haryana's only hill station, the sub-divisional town of Morni.

Cities[edit]

  • Dehradun — capital of Uttarakhand
  • Dharamsala — home of the Dalai Lama, popular backpacker hang-out
  • Leh — bustling tourist town, large numbers of Kashmiri traders
  • Manali — quiet picturesque town set in mountainous region by day, hosts many a rave at night
  • Shimla — summer capital of former British India, modern India with English architecture
  • Srinagar — famous for Dal lake, located in the picturesque Himalayas
  • Morni, Haryana. The small, uncluttered hill town of Morni, around 45km from Chandigarh, is a popular destination for day-trippers from Chandigarh, especially in summer, when the heat in the plains below is searing.

Other destinations[edit]

Adventure Park, Tikkar Lake, Morni, The Adventure Park at Tikkar Taal, was set up in 2004 by the Haryana Government with the intent of promoting adventure tourism in the Shivalik hills adjoining Chandigarh. Spread over several acres, the park lies at a height of around 700m above mean sea level and is around 50km from Chandigarh. It offers a wide range of adventure activities, including low and vertical ropes, Burma bridge, rappelling & rock climbing. Its star attraction is its tree house & haunted house. Park entry is ₹50 for adults and ₹50 for Children. accommodation is Available in hotels just outside the park.

Understand[edit]

After the heat and chaos in the big cities of the Plains, the Indian Himalayas make a relaxing change. Some foreign travellers make visiting this region their sole purpose for coming to India, and it is a popular destination for Indians as well. The Himalayan North, being the abode of the gods and the origin of Hinduism's holy rivers, is one of the most ancient travel destinations in the country. Pilgrims have been visiting this place for centuries.

The British, conquering India before air conditioning, found themselves defeated by the Indian summer. As a result, they had to take refuge in hill stations to escape the heat. This region, because of its proximity to Delhi, had the largest concentration of hill stations. The largest among these, Shimla, was the summer capital of British India. Shimla and other cities like Mussoorie and Dalhousie still retain their charming colonial atmosphere.

The valley of Kashmir used to be the honeymoon destination of choice for those who could afford it, but terrorism made it too unsafe.

Talk[edit]

Hindi/Urdu is understood throughout the region either as a primary or secondary language. English is widely understood, especially in the more touristed parts.

Get in[edit]

The Himalayan North is well connected to the Plains by bus. Haridwar is the highest place that is accessible by train.

Get around[edit]

Bus: This is the main way to get around the Himalayan north, the only choice in many places. The winding roads and steep slopes make for some nervewracking moments; but the views more than make up for it.

Train: Being a mountainous region there are very few rail lines. However, there is a "toy train" service that connects Kalka and Shimla. In its day, this single gauge line was a remarkable engineering feat, but now it makes for a slow and beautiful tourist route.

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Itineraries[edit]

Do[edit][add listing]

Homestays in the Himalayas: An 11-day trail which offers responsible travel experiences off the Shimla-Manali-Dharamshala-Chandigarh circuit, including traditional mountain hospitality, local cuisine, and India's Himalayan heritage.

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Anglo Indian cuisine: A large part of India's north still has British influences, of which evidence lies in old Anglo Indian recipes that have stood the test of time. These are best sampled at family-run heritage homestays.

Winter food: Momos (dumplings), thukpas (noodles), and other foods high in carbohydrates are a speciality of this region.

Maggi: Staple fast food of the mountain regions of North India, instant noodles cooked with Indian spices are a local favourite.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Arakh: Locally fermented whisky.

Chhang: Locally fermented rice beer.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Swiss Cottage , +91 946 902 9370 Near Pahalgam Club 5min walk on the Pahalgam- Chandanwari Road. Rooms have running hot water, TV in every room, breakfast, dinner, lunch. Local sightseeing arranged; trekking, hiking, camping, fishing, longer treks in the high Himalayas.

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