This majestic, snow-covered mountain range is the highest in the world and is home to an incredible variety of cultures and some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable.Stretching across four Indian states, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim cultures all thrive in this region resulting in countless beautiful temples, monasteries and mosques, each with their own individual style of architecture, painting and sculpture. With its rolling hills, tranquil pine forests, beautiful valleys, dramatic canyons, soaring peaks and magnificent mountain passes the landscapes range from arid and rocky to lush and forested. Small villages dot the area while rushing rivers and serene lakes are common among the surrounding forests. The ideal environment for adventure activities like paragliding, trekking, mountain climbing and skiing, the region offers a host of exciting activities to the energetic traveler. And of course, who can forget the beautiful Kashmir Valley, described by the Mughal Emperors as “Paradise on Earth”?
Relaxing on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir | Trekking to scenic highpoints in Ladakh | Morning prayer ceremonies in the monasteries around Leh | Adventure sports | Ananda spa, voted best spa in the world 2012 | Watching the bathers in the Ganges | Taking a yoga class in an ashram in Rishikesh | Watching the brilliant nightlights of the evening Aarti