With the world opening up slowly and steadily, there are a lot of people like you and me who are longing to go on a trip. If you love venturing into mountains, then the Himalayan ranges should be at the top of your travel list. These ranges are vast and different parts of Himalayan ranges lie in different countries (Read India, China, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan). Here is a carefully curated list of places that, despite being a part of the Himalayan range, provide a vast range of adventurous avenues and a memorable Himalayan adventure.
Destinations in India
Leh is a peaceful city amidst the Himalayas and is at an altitude of 11000 feet. Some of the important attractions of this place are Hemis monastery, Chamba temple, Leh Palace, Stok Palace, Shanti Stupa, and Jama Masjid. If you love trekking and mountaineering, then this place is going to be on your travel list. You can also enjoy other adventurous activities like white water rafting and polo and have a memorable Himalayan adventure. The best part about this place is that it offers something different in different months of the year, so you can plan your trip as per your liking.
Best time to visit: April to September is the perfect time to visit Leh
To reach the temple area of Kedarnath, you will have to trek 16kms up the Garhwal Himalayan range; but the scenic beauty of this place will make you forget that you have embarked upon a difficult trekking terrain! The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a must-visit for all the followers and nature lovers. You can very easily plan your Kedarnath visit via MakeMyTrip to save some money on your travel by using discount coupons & promotional deals.
Best time to visit: Mid-May to Mid-November is the only time you can visit Kedarnath
If you have already been to Nepal and Tibet, you get that nostalgic feeling while visiting Sikkim. There is a powerful presence of Buddhism in this entire region, which is why you will find people living a simple and peaceful life. Be cautious of overstaying at this place because it will soon catch up with you and you will start putting off going back to your city life!
Best time to visit: March to May and October to Mid-December is the best time to visit Sikkim
This name is included in this list specifically for trekkers (both amateur and professional). The enchanting, undulating terrain of this place is the reason this place is becoming a favorite of mountain lovers & trekkers. This is the kind of desert mountain that is in the higher ranges of the Himalayas. Another reason for visiting this place is Chandrataal Lake, which is one of the most charismatic lakes present in the Himalayan region.
Best time to visit: March-June is the best time to visit Spiti Valley
This part of the Himalayas lies in the state of Uttarakhand state and is known as the skiing capital of the country. This is a small town that lies at an altitude of 3049m above sea level. The scenic vistas offered by Auli are comparable to none. One of the best ways to behold the beauty of this place is to take that 4 km cable ride (which by the way is the longest cable car ride in Asia). Other nearby attractions that you can visit is, Joshimath, Chenab Lake, and Gurso Bugyal.
Best time to visit: December to February is the best time to visit Auli
Destinations outside India
As soon as we hear Tibet, we think of monasteries; however, this country is so much more than just monasteries. This country has fresh grasslands, blissful landscapes, and very friendly people. If you wish to go on a holiday that helps you rejuvenate from within, then you need to plan your Himalayan trip to Tibet! The cherry on the cake is that you will be able to see Everest from Tibet.
Best time to visit: May to September is the most suited time for visiting Tibet
It goes unsaid that when you think of the Himalayas, you immediately travel back to Nepal. This is the best place to enjoy the vastness of the Himalayas and experience a memorable Himalayan adventure. There are monasteries, mountain peaks, lakes, and scenic beauty at this place. To get the right feel of Everest, you can travel to Kathmandu Valley; you can also go mountain biking around this valley. While you are there, do not forget to take a detour to Tamang Village and Sherpa.
Best time to visit: March, April, October & November are the best months to visit Nepal
Bhutan marks the end of the Himalayas (as per scriptures) but you can still bask upon the traditional richness of this country! Bhutan is known as the happiest country of Aisa and for keeping its environment clean. Once you visit this part of the world, you will know how people live happily without much modernization. Though visiting this country is a bit pricey but it is worth paying for the kind of freshness provided by this place!
Best time to visit: March, April, September, and October are the best month to visit Bhutan
When are you planning your next Himalayan adventure?
Experiencing the Himalayas is an experience of a lifetime. Whether it’s in India or outside, you will have a memorable Himalayan adventure. All the places here are easily accessible and provide different and unique views of the Himalayan ranges. So, when are you planning your next Himalayan adventure? Drop-in your thoughts in the comments below, tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj, DM on Instagram or Get In Touch.