For some, it’s the waters on the beaches of Goa, others might go for a rejuvenating trip to Kerala, but for the silent adventure cravers, Himalayas is the place. Spread across various north and northeastern states in India, the magnificent mountains have picturesque landscapes. With something for every traveler, the peaceful dwellers, the city nomads, the adventure seekers, the explorers – Himalayas is a must-visit once in a lifetime.
But here are 14 reasons why you should travel to the Himalayas in your 20 somethings:
Motorbike Tours in the Himalayas
Exploring the Himalayas on the wheel can be one of the wildest dreams of an adrenaline junkie. From Ladakh to Sikkim in North East India, outstretched mountain passes conjures up visions of excitement amongst riders. Voyage through these biking trails for a thrilling road trip to the majestic mountains:
– Leh Srinagar Highway
– Dungri La/ Mann Pass
– Khardung La – a dream destination for every biker
– Nathu La Pass
– Delhi-Kargil-Manali Circuit
Walk Past the Dead at Roopkund Trek
Located on a pilgrimage route in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, a trek to the mystery lake or the skeletal lake is one of the most thrilling adventures you would experience in the Himalayas. Dwell in the scenic views of the deep gorges while you walk past the dead for the adventurous trek.
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Soak in the chills of the rivers
What does rafting in a Himalayan river sound like to you? Insane, right? Fix the adrenaline rush as you raft in the cold waters of the rivers – Beas or Ganges in Kullu or Rishikesh.
While in Sikkim, raft in the waters of Teesta and Rangit for dramatic views while cutting through deep forests and varied rapids.
Arunachal Pradesh has a wealth of verdant hills and five rivers for rafting – Kameng, Subansiri, Lohit, Siang, and Tirap to choose from.
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Fly in the Valleys
Fly over the snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, and picturesque landscapes in the Himalayas.
Billing in Kangra Valley, surrounded by tea estates, 14-km from Bir, is known for hang gliding and paragliding. You could also go paragliding in various locations from Solang Nala to Marhi and Luing Resithang near Khel Gaon in Gangtok, Sikkim.
Try Heli-Skiing on top hotspots like Chanderkhani Pass, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, and Rohtang Pass. Heli-skiing offers the opportunity to be dropped off on peaks as high as 6,500m. For traditional skiing, head to Kufri, Narkanda, or Solang Valley.
Ski-in the winter resort of Auli, and go White Water Kayaking and Bungee Jumping on the Ganges river in Rishikesh. You could also try ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls in Kashmir.
Taste the Local Delicacies
What is a trip without some delectable food? Taste the authentic momos across the Himalayas. Go trout fishing in the waters of Beas and taste the deliciously prepared fish Himachal style. Taste the fresh fruits, cherries, corns, or bhuttas available all across the ranges and treat your taste buds.
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Camp in the Woods
Doesn’t this sound like a fun idea? You can camp almost anywhere in the Himalayas, be it Kullu, Mcleodganj, Rishikesh, or the foothills of Everest. Tag along with your friends and celebrate over a bonfire night in the valleys of the majestic mountains, which tender some spectacular camping sites for the adventure aficionados.
Get High on Local Beer at Village Breweries
As fascinating as this sounds, try some authentic local beer on your trip to the Himalayas. Try the mild cereal fermented beverage – Tongba or Jaanr or Chaang in Sikkim or Darjeeling. These can sometimes be very intoxicating, depending on the substrates used.
If you are an adventure buff who has the enthusiasm to explore the magnificent peaks paddling on a bicycle, the Himalayan trails are the perfect place for you. Explore some of the best trails ideals for a cycling vacation for those who are born to be wild:
– Srinagar – Dha Hanu – Leh
– Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso Lake
– Siliguri to Gurudongmar Lake
– Zanskar Cycling (Kargil to Darcha)
Frozen Zanskar River Trek
Ever wanted to walk on a frozen lake in extreme winters? Go ahead and try the unusual expedition of walking on a frozen river. Trek to the icy wonderland of Zanskar or the formidable Chadar to be captured by Ladakh’s bewitching beauty.
Himalayan Blues Festival
If you’re a traveler with a thing for music, Himalayan fests are for you! Started in the year 2007, the annual music festival showcases live performances featuring diverse blues artists from around the globe. With performances from artists like Hans Theessink, Owen Campbell, Dan Klarskov, Black River Bluesman, Parachute XVI, and many more, the fest promotes various genres and folklore, and ethnic music.
Gaze at the Starry Sky
The twenties are the most annoying years of one’s life. The struggle to succeed, the passion for growing, the hopes to rise envelops us while we chase the train to achievement. Away from your home, from the maddening city bustle, sleep under the starry sky and discover yourself!
Wondering where? The Himalayas offer spectacular sites for a perfect stargazing night like
– Leh Ladakh
– Gurudongmar, Sikkim
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Explore the Himalayas on Foot and Discover the Natural Architecture
With a beautiful surprise awaiting at every step, Himalayas is a paradise for backpackers and explorers. Escape to the mountains, walk past the trodden trails, reach the waterfalls, the root bridges, the colorful valleys, or a picture-perfect viewpoint!
– The natural tunnels
– The artificial tunnels
– Brooks and unexpected waterfalls
– Hidden Trails
A journey to the Himalayas is almost always a Budget Trip with Homestays!
You could stay at:
1. La Villa Bethany, Mussoorie: A homestay with its observatory
Enjoy the panoramic vistas of the doon valley and gaze at the night sky through the telescope with an in-house observatory.
2. Yangsum heritage Farm, Namchi
Yangsum heritage farm offers a perfectly luxurious homestay at an affordable price. With ecstatic views of the valley and large sweeping vistas, the place is genuinely hospitable and provides a soul-enriching experience.
3. Kuflon Basics Home, Uttarkashi
Kuflon has a population of about 30 people and is a true heaven for trekkers and mountain lovers. This is the last house in the Kuflon village with a comfortable stay and spell bounding views.
Unless you plan a stay at:
Wildflower Hall Resort: One of the luxurious spa resorts in Shimla offers a pleasant lavish stay in the valleys of the Himalayas. The resort hosts exclusive yoga, massage, and ayurvedic treatments indoors and outdoors sessions topped with exotic backdrops.
JW Marriott, Mussoorie: With a soulful location, splendid views, and a rejuvenating spa, JW Marriott is a fantastic spa resort perfect for a blissful stay in the doon valley.
Royal Demazong, Sikkim: Located very close to the Tsomgo lake, the resort is beautifully crafted with local crafts and materials. The rooms offer a spectacular view of the Chola Ranges. Royal Demazong would be an idyllic resort for a perfect holiday.
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