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.
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.