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10 Photos Of The Himalayas That Will Make You Go Wotha!

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10 Photos Of The Himalayas That Will Make You Go Wotha!:

  1. Gulmarg (Jammu & Kashmir)
  2. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  3. Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya)
  4. Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh)
  5. Kalpa (Himachal Pradesh)
  6. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  7. Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
  8. Ranikhet (Uttarakhand)
  9. Shillong (Meghalaya)
  10. Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

1. Gulmarg - Kashmir

Gulmarg - Kashmirsource: Holiday!Q

The slopes of Gulmarg make it the only heli ski-ing resort in Asia and the highest ski-ing location in India. Being a popular snow sports hub, appropriate clothes, equipment and instructors are easily available. The most popular activities here include skiing and cable car rides. The Gulmarg Godola here is one of the highest cable car facilities in the world.  HolidayIQ Traveller Guru Singh Paaji shares, "First visit to Kashmir will definitely leave you spellbound with its amazing attractions and a sight you can't resist from sunrise to sunset. The shikaras, taking a walk around the Dal lake and then strolling down the streets to get some real authentic Kashmiri cuisine is certainly a must. Tourists flocking here and there and not to miss the army Jawans too, there for protection. It's surely an untouched paradise."

2. Darjeeling - West Bengal

Darjeeling - West Bengalsource: HolidayIQ

The Toy Train is famous in Darjeeling and carries travellers from New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri to Darjeeling across the scenic landscape. A popular tourist attraction in Darjeeling is a jeep ride up to Tiger Hill to view the sun rising from the mighty Himalayas. The Ghoom Monastery, dating back to 1875, is the oldest monastery in Darjeeling and houses many rare and well preserved books. The Tibetan Refugee Centre set up by the Dalai Lama is ideal for purchasing Tibetan handicrafts. Hiking and trekking in Darjeeling are also popular attractions among tourists, which are also covered in Darjeeling holiday packages, which can be bought by tourists visiting the hill station. HolidayIQ Traveller Arnab Nag shares, "I can't give a specific reason as to why one must visit Darjeeling, it started being my favourite place ever since I visited it for the first time in 2007. Rightly termed as the Queen of Hills, this place has an amazing charm which is hard to describe in words. The best time to visit is during the winters and summers, always avoid the monsoons. October, November, March and April are the best months to get a clear view of the sunrise from Tiger Hill. Your hotel will arrange for most of the sightseeings which are quite common for eg Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Ganga Maya Park, Rock Garden, Zoo, etc. But don't miss out on visiting the Happy Valley Tea Estate. We had an amazing time there, with a guided tour of tea processing and that too for free! The mall is an awesome place to hang out in the evenings as well as early mornings with a lot of shopping options. It feels amazing to sit in the mall and to sip onto your cup of tea and watch the clouds fly by. There lots of adventure centres which have opened up that provides guided treks and other adventure sports such as paragliding, etc. So make sure that you visit this place at least once in your lifetime and it will keep giving you reasons to come back again and again."

3. Cherrapunjee - Meghalaya

Cherrapunjee - Meghalayasource: Holiday!Q

Cherrapunjee holds two Guinness World Records; one for having the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year and the second one for the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month. it is the only place in India which experiences monsoon all year round. HolidayIQ Traveller Ambika Maggu shares, "We drove from Shillong which is just astonishing and with the rains it becomes magical. We went to Cherra Resort. I must say the roads were terrible but the drive was spectacular. It was drizzling, we were covered with clouds and there were mountains on one end and Bangladeshi plains on the other. The second trip was even better; anywhere you stand, you'll find clouds below you, just an incredible sight. Nohkalikai falls were awesome but had a very sad legend that was associated with it, and not surprisingly, the place boasts of one of the highest waterfalls in India. The locals told us that during rains the waterfall grows by almost 20 folds. Then we went to the caves nearby. I am forgetting the name of the place but had fun there also. Later on we had lunch under a gazebo with rain and yes how can I forget the mountains and the rainbow just like it is in the animated movies. Once the rain stopped, we could see many waterfalls from the mountains. Oh I still have a picture of that place in my mind. All in all Cherrapunji is a place to visit. The nature not only makes you happy but also calm and satisfied from inside. I would suggest you must visit the place and surrender yourself to the nature's beauty."

4. Dharamshala - Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala - Himachal Pradeshsource: HolidayIQ

The best time to visit Dharamshala is from September to October and again from March to June. The summer months are best suited for activities like sightseeing and trekking. Those who love snow can visit the region in December/January when there is heavy snowfall and the Himalayas are covered in snow. However, temperatures go well below 0? Celsius, so adequate protection should be taken. Another good time to visit is during the festival of Drukpa Teshi, which is held in August/September. HolidayIQ Traveller Shubham shares, "Awesome destination for nature lovers!!! Dalai Lama temple, Bhagsu Falls, old church is a must visit there. Can skip Dal lake. I didn't like it that much due to muddy water, but the place was serene & scenic views were awesome. Try to complete Bhagsu falls in late morning-afternoon as the area is quite dangerous & may pour heavily due to rains. The time we visited, lush green forests were at their best & sometimes heavy fog settles on way. Don't forgot to carry umbrella & extra cloth of planning in August. Regarding local eats, try to get a plate of Kangri, a special recipe that takes a full day for preparation. Just enquire hotel to make it available a day before, else, momos are good. Tibetan items (Bowls, incense sticks) are available their at good price. Can purchase apple beer & apricot, orange & pineapple wines (alcoholic only available) there & can be really worth for purchase."


5. Kalpa - Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa - Himachal Pradeshsource: HolidayIQ

Kinner-Kailash, the sacred mountain, is visited by natives for pilgrimage and is also one of the main attractions of the destination. There is a 70 metre high Shivalinga atop the peak that is visited by devotees and travellers. Sangla Valley on Bapsa River banks, at an altitude of 8,900 feet above sea level, is another attraction of the destination. HolidayIQ Traveller Tushar Gupta shares, "It is a very nice place to spend some time in peace. Very awesome view. You don't have to search for hotel with good view because view is awesome from everywhere. If you want to relax for sometime than this is a very good place. Food served in valley is quite good and locals are of very nice nature."

6. Ladakh - Jammu & Kashmir

Ladakh - Jammu & Kashmirsource: HolidayIQ

Ladakh is famous for its dramatic landscape and Buddhist heritage. Ladakhi, Purig, Tibetan, Hindi and English are spoken in the region. There are many picturesque hamlets in Ladakh situated on the banks of the Indus River. All these villages have Buddhist monasteries or gompas, which are located atop hillocks in their vicinity. HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjay Holani shares, "Leh, it's not a destination, it's a journey. It's a journey on the edge of life, on the curves of hills beyond imagination, facing adverse situation of life, journey of magnetic attraction. It's a experience you can't describe in words. Leh is like a combination of seven colours of rainbow. The beauty who wraps itself in white colour in winter, in summer get dispersed in seven colours. The pride of riding bike on the highest motorable road. It's a game zone of you and life. Here life does not give us second chance, just a single mistake or even bad luck - game(life) is over. But definitely when u reach the venue, you just get energetic. Monastery the place of spirituality and peace of mind. Pangkok lake the blue pearl kept between hills. One can compare it to the heaven on the Earth. Nubra Valley the beauty of white sand dunes just magnifies you. It's impossible to bound the beauty of Leh in words. It's a life time experience, one who loves travelling should definitely visit atleast once in a life."

7. Lahaul and Spiti - Himachal Pradesh

Lahaul and Spiti - Himachal Pradeshsource: HolidayIQ

HolidayIQ Traveller XPLORER shares, "Its simple another world, close to your world. Another life existence, if you love to explore, see place and meet people. You have to be there. It's an amalgamation of rich culture and existence of civilization in any condition. Its about beautiful landscapes and lovely people. Its about huts which are more comfortable then any luxury resort. Its about home cooked meals and alcohol. If you are explorer, then you must go!"

8. Ranikhet - Uttarakhand

Ranikhet - Uttarakhandsource: HolidayIQ

HolidayIQ Traveller Amitav Chatterjee shares, "If you want a no crowd, relaxed, reasonably cold vacation in peak June without burning a hole in your pocket, then look no further. Ranikhet is a small hill station in Uttarakhand which houses the Kumaon regiment, as such the cantonment area is cool, calm and serene. Legend says that no new buildings ( apart from Army and Sarkari) have been allowed to be build inside the cantt. As well as very few trees have been allowed to be felled in this area in the last 100 years. So much so that leopards and wildlife are your immediate neighbours. In local parlance Ranikhet is a thandi pahari, unlike Nainital or Bhimtal area where you can sweat in June. Here hot water baths and mild woolens for small children would be the in thing. The town has a old world charm and is not suited for those looking for city delights or hustle, bustle. There will be no snow views in summer, for that you have to come in Winter. However long walks hand in hand with tons of fresh air and no crowd are a given in this small hill station."


9. Shillong - Meghalaya

Shillong - Meghalayasource: HolidayIQ

The architecture and buildings in Shillong, along with the eating habits of the local people, till date reflect the British legacy. Most of the houses in this place are built in the Assamese with slanting roofs, numerous windows and wooden floors, which is perfect because heavy rains and frequent earthquakes occur at this place. HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak shares, "Shillong is a scotland of India. It is beautiful like anything. The nature has given everything and what not. The place is so beautiful that no one can forget it. We are planning to go next year also."

10. Manali - Himachal Pradesh

Manali - Himachal Pradeshsource: HolidayIQ

Manali offers much in terms of natural beauty such as panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, flower gardens and orchards with green and red apples; places such as Solang Valley known as a winter sports location; the Nehru Kund, which is a clear water spring; the Kothi Village, offering views of a deep gorge through which River Beas flows; and the Rahalla Falls. HolidayIQ Traveller Divyapal Shah shares, "Must visit once in a lifetime. There are plenty of places to visit and also you can do lots of shopping. If visiting during vacation time be ready for lots of traffic jams. But should have minimum of 3 days of time for visiting Manali in order to enjoy the place completely."

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