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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.
 
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.
 
After the chaos of the big cities of the [[Plains]], the Indian Himalayas make a relaxing change.  Some travelers make the Himalaya North their sole purpose for coming to India while others visit the region as part of a larger holiday. 
 
  
 
==States==
 
==States==
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==Cities==
 
==Cities==
* [[Dehradun]] - capital of Uttarakhand.
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* [[Dehradun]] — capital of Uttarakhand
* [[Leh]] - Capital of [[Ladakh]]  
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* [[Dharamsala]] — home of the Dalai Lama, popular backpacker hang-out
* [[Manali]] - Quiet picturesque town set in mountainous region by day, hosts many a rave at night.
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* [[Leh]] — bustling tourist town, large numbers of Kashmiri traders
* [[McLeod Ganj]]- Home of the Dalai Lama, popular backpacker hang-out.
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* [[Manali]] — quiet picturesque town set in mountainous region by day, hosts many a rave at night
* [[Shimla]] - The summer capital of former British India, modern India with English architecture.
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* [[Shimla]] — summer capital of former British India, modern India with English architecture
* [[Srinagar]] - Famous for Dal lake, Located in the picturesque Himalayas
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* [[Srinagar]] — famous for Dal lake, located in the picturesque Himalayas
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
* [[Haridwar]] - "hari"God+"dwar"Entrance, the holy city with emerging ganges river is also an entry to the "dev bhumi" place of god i.e. Uttarakhand
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* [[valley of flower]] - 3 km wide and 8 km long natural valley of flowers, a world heritage.
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* [[Haridwar]] - "hari"-God+"dwar"-Entrance, the holy city with emerging ganges river is also an entry to the "dev bhumi" place of god.
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* [[Valley of Flowers National Park]], [[Uttarakhand]]. A 3 km by 8 km valley of wild flowers. The park is designated a [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage Site]].
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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After the heat and chaos in the big cities of the [[Plains (India)|Plains]], the Indian Himalayas make a relaxing change. Some foreign travelers 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.
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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.
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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==
 
==Talk==
Throughout this region Hindi/Urdu is understood, but usually as a second language.  English is widely understood, especially in the more touristed parts.
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[[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==
 
==Get in==
The Himalayan North is well connected to the Plains by bus.
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The Himalayan North is well connected to the Plains by bus. Haridwar is the highest place that is accessible by train.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
'''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''': Surprisingly there is also very limited train serviceKnown as the "toy train", it connects Kalka and Shimla. It was a remarkable engineering feat in its day but now it makes for a slow and beautiful tourist route.
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'''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 nerve wracking moments; but the views more than make up for it.
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'''Train''': Being a mountainous region there are very few rail linesHowever, 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.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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[[nl:Noordelijke Himalaya]]
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[[zh:北部喜馬拉雅山區]]
  
 
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Revision as of 18:46, 8 August 2011

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.

Contents

States

Cities

  • 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

Other destinations

Understand

After the heat and chaos in the big cities of the Plains, the Indian Himalayas make a relaxing change. Some foreign travelers 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

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

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

Get around

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 nerve wracking 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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