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Take a break to one of the beautiful places in the Himalayas! Be it an escape for adrenaline adventure rush, romantic honeymoon, a family vacation or a backpacking trip, these mighty mountains are the answer.
From snowcapped peaks, flower-lined valleys, rivers or quaint villages, ancient monasteries, barren stretches of uninhabited lands, to the wide span of deserts, the Himalayan range will surprise you. Spread over thousands of kilometers, the Himalayas offer a number of amazing destinations to have a great time at your vacations.
We bring across a list of the top places in the Himalayas for long vacations in India, so that next time you don’t get entangled in second thoughts.
1.Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
A picturesque village in Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas. Nurtured by the Parvati Valley, it is Himachal’s popular backpacker destination known for thrilling treks, scenic views, appetizing food, and a number of exciting experiences.
Untouched by the city crowd, the small town is a beautiful and blissful location for spending vacations. Breathe in the pure bliss of the mountains and let your mind achieve the new heights of spiritual enlightenment in nature blessed town.
Things to do in Kasol:
- Camping along the Parvati River
- Go trekking to Kheer Ganga
- Spot hidden waterfalls
- Trace the historic roots to Alexander’s days
- Pray at the ancient temples
- Try Israeli food
- Take a day trip to Malana or Tosh village
- Take blessings at the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara
- Take a bath in the hot springs of Manikaran
- Road trip through the scenic mountain passes
Best time to visit Kasol: May to October
2. Gulmarg, Kashmir
Blessed with paradisiacal beauty, Gulmarg is one of the best holiday destinations in the Himalayas favored by honeymoon couples as well as families. Settled amid sylvan hills at 2650 m above sea level, Gulmarg is not just a popular hill resort, it is also a home to the premier ski resort as well as one of the highest green golf course.
Spend an exciting vacation of exhilarating skiing, snowboarding, snow fights, building snowman’s, trekking, Gondola rides, romantic walks and all the other pleasures of the mountains. The “Meadow of Flowers’ is splendid every season but in winters when the powdery snow descends, the hill town transforms into an unrivaled beauty.
Things to do in Gulmarg:
- Embark on the scenic trekking trails in summer
- Go skiing in winter
- Ride the Gondola, the highest in Asia
- Trek to the Alpather Lake
- Try a game of golf at the highest golf course in India
- Horse riding
Best time to visit Gulmarg: October to May
3. Nubra Valley, Ladakh
A breathtaking beauty, Nubra Valley is the place to be when you think of a wonderful holiday in Ladakh. Known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ and ‘Orchard of Ladakh’, the landscape of Nubra is an eyesome treat.
Fed by Shok and Siachan Rivers, Nubra is blessed with fertile lands, but not far lies the desert dunes of Hunder where you can find the unique double-humped Bactrian Camels. The Diksit Monastery is a holy spot of Buddhism, where you can get soaked in the wisdom, attend the colorful festivals and cleanse your soul. The pictorial Panamik village is an idyllic spot to relax for a few days. Think of Nubra Valley, whenever you think of a relaxing summer holiday in India in the Himalayas.
Things to do in Nubra valley
- Desert safari in Hunder Sand Dunes
- Visit to Diksit Monastery
- Stay at one of the homestays
- Road trip via Khardung La Pass
Best time to visit Nubra Valley: May to October
4. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
The ‘Valley of Flowers of Sikkim’, Yumthang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in India nestled in the Himalayas. The beauty of the valley changes every season. Yumthang is blessed with over 24 species of Rhododendrons, snow and serene peace.
In spring (March – April), the valley transforms into a carpet of flowers with millions of Rhododendrons blooming till the sight goes. Yaks grazing in the backdrop, clouds kissing the mountain tops and the languid Yumthang River making it the perfect place to spend some quiet time with friends and families on a summer vacation in India. Winters are equally mesmerzing, the snow makes it appear no less than a winter wonderland. Skiing in Yumthang Valley lures adventure enthusiasts’ from far and wide.
Things to do in Yumthang Valley
- Trekking to Snow Point
- Posing for pics with the lush flowers
- Skiing in winters
- Visit to monasteries, waterfalls and the pictorial villages
Best time to visit Yumthang Valley: October to May
5. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Nestled in the lush lap of Kullu Valley at an altitude of 2050 m above sea level, Manali is one of the popular holiday destinations in India. Settled along the Beas River, the town has a reputation for incredible honeymoon holidays, adventure thrills and all the other exciting activities.
From exciting adventures in the Solang Valley, the snow-covered Rohtang Pass, charming Old Manali, to the lush apple orchards, enjoy the pleasures of a relaxing vacation in Manali with friends, family or your better half. The Himalayan beauty is spectacular throughout the year.
Things to do in Manali:
- River rafting in Beas River
- Trekking, camping and mountaineering
- Paragliding in Solang valley
- Snow games in Rohtang Pass
- Explore the ancient temples, monasteries and other charms
- Stay at Old Manali to experience the charm of mountains
- Road trip to the scenic surroundings
Best time to visit Manali: October to May
6. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
India’s North Eastern part is an unexplored haven, blessed with picturesque sights, ancient monasteries, lakes, waterfalls, and so much more. Tawang is one of the best places to visit in North East. Counted among the most beautiful places in the Himalayas, this town in Arunachal Pradesh is one amazing space to be visited.
Learn about ancient Buddhism, enjoy nature’s bliss, explore the tribal heritage, sit by the lakes, mountain passes and waterfalls, holidaying in Tawang is memorable in all ways. The buzz is all for a reason, that Tawang is listed among the most beautiful places in India.
Things to do in Tawang:
- Pray at the ancient Tawang Monastery
- Pass through the snow-covered Sela Pass
- Pose for pics at Madhuri Lake
- Marvel at the Jaswant Garh
- Treat your eyes with Nuranang Waterfalls
- Visit a family of the Monpa Tribe
Best time to visit Tawang: October to May
7. Kausani, Uttarakhand
Listed on the list of best places to be visited in the Himalayas, we next have, the picturesque hill town in Uttarakhand, Kausani. Nestled at an elevation of 1890 m above sea level, the town enjoys panoramic views of the snowcapped Himalayas. Escape the hustle-bustle of cities and feel yourself rejuvenated amid the verdant cover of pine and forests. Tea estates, temples, caves, scenic trails dot the town. The beauty and bliss will not let you leave from here.
Things to do in Kausani:
- Explore Kausani Caves, Rudhradhari waterfalls
- Pray at the Someshwar Temple
- Spend some time at Anasakti Ashram & Lakshmi Ashram
- Walk amid the Kausani Tea Estate
- Trek to the Pindari glacier
- Breathe in the freshness of the mountains
Best time to visit Kausani: October to May
Author Bio: Akansha Negi frequently writes at Indian Travel Blog by Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. She shares her passion of travel and love for various Indian destinations. While planning your holidays in India, browse through her write-ups.