The Himalayas - highest peaks in the world

Discover India’s amazing mountains

It can be easy to forget that India is home to some of the most impressive peaks in the Himalaya range, as its neighbour Nepal is often in the spotlight due to its various trekking routes. However, travellers should not discount heading to northern India to discover the delights of its mountains too.

The Himalayas - highest peaks in the world

In fact, there’s one particular region that should be at the top of the list for an adventurous and cultural walking holiday – Ladakh. Before it became part of India, Ladakh was an independent kingdom and you can still see remnants of this time in the form of the monasteries and palaces that are hidden among the hills.

Should you decide to go trekking in this area of India, you can find more information here, or read on for a few of the highlights you should not miss.

Leh

Leh was the capital of Ladakh and is where you will begin your tour of the region. There are numerous sights to discover in the town, so allow at least one day to fully explore. Among the monuments you should take the time to view are the Leh Monastery, which houses a golden statue of Buddha, the Leh Mosque that is located in the middle of the main bazaar and the Leh Khar Palace.

This last building stands on a hill overlooking the town. If you have the time, it is worth heading inside, as there are old wall paintings detailing scenes from the life of Buddha adorning its interior.

Zanskar Valley

Zanskar is another ancient kingdom that has now become part of India. It is close to Ladakh and is therefore often included on tours of the region as well. There is plenty of interest in the area, including its many Buddhist monasteries and chortens (places of worship for the religion).

The walk from Padum, the biggest town in the valley, to the village of Karsha is particularly stunning, with a 15th century monastery awaiting you when you reach your destination. En route, you’ll cross the Doda River, which runs through the valley, and walk across plains surrounded by mountains, eventually climbing to the village and its monastery, which is perched on a hill above the settlement.

Water from the mountains

Trek to the Singe-la Pass

At over 5,000 m above sea level, the Singe-la Pass is the highest point you’ll reach on your trekking adventure in India. The day before you ascend to the pass, you’ll have amazing views across the Zanskar Valley as you reach Mugum La at 4,000 m and continue on towards the base camp of Singe-la in preparation for your climb on the following day.

When you reach the pass itself, you’ll be greeted by spectacular vistas of the mountains and glaciers that line the valleys before you descend into the Photang Valley and continue on towards your next challenge – the Sniugutse-la Pass, which is also around 5,000 m high.

Zanskar Gorges

You’ll already have caught glimpses of the Zanskar gorges earlier on in your walking holiday, although you will get the opportunity to fully appreciate this impressive entrance to the Zanskar Valley.

In places, the gorge is no more than 5 m wide and has almost vertical cliffs around 600 m tall towering over the river as it flows down from the mountains. As you can probably imagine, the views across this landscape are truly awe-inspiring.

If you’ve been trekking in India’s Himalayas, what were the best parts of your trip?

Magnificient tiger

Rajasthan Tourism – An Extravagant Treat You Will Never Forget in Your Lifetime

If you want to indulge and pamper yourself silly, there can be no other better place than Rajasthan. With out-of-the-world landscape, great and towering forts and palaces that offer unmatched hospitality, Rajasthan offers you a holiday you just can’t miss. This is a place of awe inspiring legends about kings and queens, lip smacking cuisine, traditional handicrafts and art; Rajasthan tourism offers you all this and much more. No doubt, this desert state of India is flooded with tourists from different parts of the world through out the year.

Forts and Palaces

There is a story, tenderly romantic and at the same time monumentally heroic, for every fort and palace in Rajasthan. The tall forts and huge palaces that once belonged to the stately kings are now converted into hotels that offer traditional Rajput royalty with modern amenities. Even havelis (huge houses) that once belonged to local landlords are turned into bed and breakfast and inns that offer a peek into Rajput lifestyle.

Cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Udaipur boasts of grand and elegant palaces that are mesmerizing and thrilling to watch and live in. There are several beautiful lakes with quaint palaces built right in the middle. The tourist has to reach this palace by boat. In the evenings the lighting arrangements make the floating palaces look like jewels in glistening water. Traditional Rajasthani music and dance, puppet shows and several other interesting events keep you occupied in the evenings. What more can you ask for.

Food

Another unforgettable aspect of Rajasthan tourism is its cuisine. Basically Rajasthani food is vegetarian that satisfies every palate. There are more than 50 dishes served in four courses for lunch and dinner. Non vegetarian dishes like chicken and fish are also served as delicacies at several palace hotels. Since the influx of foreign tourist is maximum most of the hotels offer international cuisine too.

Handicrafts

Blue pottery is most famous in Rajasthan. Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without shopping for the same. The intricate designs and vibrant colors depict the traditional Rajput culture and traditions. You’ll never find this anywhere else in the world. Besides blue pottery their handicrafts include carved wooden furniture, small treasure boxes and many trinkets that will be of interest and souvenir of your trip to Rajasthan.

Jewelry

Both men and women adorn themselves with jewelry in Rajasthan. The Minakari work is famous as well as unique in design and looks beautiful in gold and silver jewelry. Another popular craft is the Thewa art form. In Thewa jewelry the gold is made into liquid and designs are created on colored glass with this gold liquid. The craftsmen are specially trained professionals in this specialized art.

Yet another popular Rajasthan jewelry is the Kundan jewelry. Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without buying Kundan jewelry.

Textiles

Every woman likes to posses all types of textiles in their wardrobe. Kota city is famous for textiles in Rajasthan. Scarves, shawls, colorful capes and clothes are exported all around the world. You can buy them here at throw away prices.

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Choosing Rajasthan tourism as a holiday destination is like visiting paradise on earth. There are places like Mt. Abu (hill station) where you can simply watch birds that are not found anywhere else in the world. For a Nature lover Sariska Tiger Reserve and Ranthambore National Park offers a peek into the animal kingdom. The most attractive part of Rajasthan tourism is that there is something worthwhile for every one whatever maybe your budget.

Rajasthan has something to offer for everyone. Nature lovers can exult in the beauty of the place while women can indulge themselves with beautiful clothes and jewelry. And of course your stay itself would be an unforgettable treat lasting a lifetime.

Author Bio – Latasri is a travel enthusiast who loves to see and enjoy different places and learn about their culture. Besides she is also a passionate travel writer.