In this selection of suggested holiday itineraries in the Indian Himalayas, you’ll discover a vast area from west to east India across mainly three states: Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal. Uttarakhand was once known for its spiritual vibe, particularly at Rishkesh and Haridwar, but is now opening up to the more adventurous traveller, with some great trekking, white water rafting and wildlife opportunities. Himachal Pradesh is India’s spectacular go-to for outdoor adventure and the famous hill station of Shimla. The “Land of Snow” in India’s Himalayas has soaring snow-capped peaks, awe-inspiring views, rugged landscapes, and crisp mountain air too. West Bengal is a large state with the Himalayas in the far north, bordering Bhutan in an area called Sikkim – Darjeeling is the usual gateway in to this heartland of Buddhism. In the south of West Bengal of course, you’ll find Kolkata and the Sunderbans for wildlife enthusiasts. Kolkata is a wonderful gateway for exploring the east of India.
Holidays in the Himalayas
Family Himalayan Adventure
Perfect for Easter, this off-the-beaten track family adventure will take in majestic scenery, soft trekking and wildlife in the lower Himalayas.
Highlights of East India
The contrasts of Kolkata, the waterways of the Sunderbans, the Buddhist culture of Sikkim and the mighty Himalayas themselves, all in one incredibly journey.
Highlights of North and East India
Explore North and East India visiting the capitals of the British Raj, exploring the countryside and taking in diverse and vibrant cities.
The train journey from Calcutta to Darjeeling was a wonderful experience of the real India whilst everyone we met was friendly and courteous.