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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 i.e. Uttarakhand
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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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.
- Dehradun - capital of Uttarakhand.
- Leh - Capital of Ladakh
- Manali - Quiet picturesque town set in mountainous region by day, hosts many a rave at night.
- McLeod Ganj- Home of the Dalai Lama, popular backpacker hang-out.
- Shimla - The summer capital of former British India, modern India with English architecture.
- Srinagar - Famous for Dal lake, Located in the picturesque Himalayas
- 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
- valley of flower - 3 km wide and 8 km long natural valley of flowers, a world heritage.
Throughout this region Hindi/Urdu is understood, but usually as a second language. English is widely understood, especially in the more touristed parts.
The Himalayan North is well connected to the Plains by bus.
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 service. Known 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.