As one of the most fascinating and inspiring travel destinations of the world, the Himalaya has captured the imagination of travelers around the world for decades. Today, more than ever, people feel the call of wild and unexplored places, they want to experience the freedom to explore.
The pandemic has changed travel for about a year and people were stranded inside, sometimes with the only option to visit places close to home. Yet everyone dreams about places like the Himalaya and as soon as the world will be free from the nightmare of the COVID-19 Pandemic, travelers will once again wish to see such magnificent places. There are many sights and experiences available around the legendary name of the Himalaya and Devbhumi Tourism can help anyone plan their next adventure there.
Discover the treasures of Uttarakhand
Worthy of its surname as Devabhumi or “Land of the Gods”, the state of Uttarakhand is located in northern India, dominated by the snowy peaks of the Himalaya and dotted with sacred pilgrimage sites. Among the surreal beauty of the mountains and the peace of holy temples and shrines, travelers can find the true essence of this amazing destination. With unique Uttarakhand tour packages, one can explore the best sights and experiences the region has to offer. There are many places to see, including enchanting national parks and natural marvels, as well as incredible cultural heritage highlights. The Ganges and the Yamuna, two holy rivers for Hindus, have their springs in this region and for about a millennium, pilgrims have visited Uttarakhand’s holy destinations.
On the other hand, a large area of the state is covered by the majestic Himalaya mountains, with enchanting hiking paths, mountain climbing adventures, waterfalls, canyons, skiing resorts, hill stations and nature reserves. The Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest and one of the most enchanting in India, a sanctuary for a wide variety of plants and animals, including Bengal tigers, leopards, buffalo, elephants and more. Other stunning natural destinations include Yamunotri – the source of the Yamuna river, the impressive Vasudhara Falls, the hill stations of Nainital, Lansdowne, Almora, Chakrata, Chaukori and many others. All of them are surrounded by the wild beauty of the Himalaya ranges.
Among the holiest destinations in India, Uttarakhand has many temples, shrines and pilgrimage sites, with an overall spiritual atmosphere that many find inspiring. One of the best destinations is Haridwar, located on the right bank of the Ganga and included in the seven sacred cities of India. This is also the best place to access the Chota Char Dham, a Hindu spiritual tour that includes four major pilgrimages. The city also has beautiful temples that can be visited and hosts the Kumbh Mela, a holy event held once every twelve years and gathering millions of pilgrims.
Another holy destination in this state is the town of Rishikesh, another starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage and home to a number of temples. One of the oldest and most beautiful cities in India is Dehradun, while in Jageshwar travelers can explore some of the over a hundred fascinating temples. Other amazing sacred destinations in Uttarakhand include Bageshwar, Badrinath, Champawat, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Nanakmatta, Shri Hemkund Sahib, Tungnath, Yamunotri and many others. Some of them are located in magnificent mountain sceneries, surrounded by majestic peaks and clouds, while the legends are also worth discovering. With Uttarakhand tour packages, any traveler can visit such unforgettable sights.
Explore the fascinating Kashmir
The infinite beauty of Kashmir is quite breathtaking, with an air of mystery mixed with a peaceful serenity. With its emerald lakes mirroring the peaks of the Himalaya, with unforgettable trekking routes reaching surreal panoramas, with pleasant hill towns that seem to be frozen in time, and with a unique spiritual experience, Kashmir is a complex and fascinating destination. Officially part of the Jammu and Kashmir region in the northwestern extremity of India, this place is safe again for travelers to explore. There are many authentic Kashmir tour packages that set off to discover the sights around these enchanting lands and it would be recommended to join a local guide when venturing into the wilderness of the Kashmir Himalayas.
One of the most famous places of Kashmir in Srinagar, rightfully surnamed “Heaven on Earth”, this area is known for its serene beauty and an overwhelming number of things to see and do, including the lakes of Dal and Nageen, with their houseboats and Shikara rowboats, the mesmerizing Mughal Gardens, the unique hiking opportunities, and the insightful temples. Another stunning destination is Sonamarg, known as the “Meadow of Gold”, with its breathtaking wilderness scenery dotted with lakes and glaciers.
An equally fascinating hill station is Gulmarg, a lovely lush valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya and offering hiking during summer and skiing during winter. A more remote and eerie destination of Kashmir is Leh Ladakh, featuring picturesque mountains and majestic glacial valleys. Dozens of other amazing destinations dot the mountains and plains of Kashmir, places of unique natural beauty, unspoiled by mass tourism. Among these, travelers could join Kashmir tours to discover sights like Pahalgam, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kishtwar National Park, Patnitop, Aru Valley, Dachigam National Park, Bhaderwah and many others.
These features superb landscapes with lakes, meadows, mountains and unique biodiversity. For the ultimate adventure, one could search for the elusive snow leopards in the small village of Hemis. Apart from the beautiful tulip fields and Mughal gardens, Kashmir is also a spiritual destination, with many temples and sacred sites. The famous Vaishno Devi Temple is perched on a steep ridge and visited by thousands of pilgrims. The long journey to reach the temple is also part of the experience. Another sacred sight is Amarnath, famous throughout India and the world for the Lord Shiva shrine embedded in ice, inside a cave. Other interesting cultural attractions of Kashmir include the temples of Anantnag, the city of Jammu, the spring of Verinag and more.
Enjoy the magic of Himachal
Poetically called “Abode of Gods” or “Land of the Gods”, the state of Himachal is located in northern India, partly covered by the high peaks of the Himalaya Mountains. The state is home to some of the most incredible landscapes in the world, as well as an overwhelming number of sacred Hindu temples. There are many exciting Himachal tour packages that travelers can choose from in order to explore the splendid destination. From the imposing snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya, through stunning glacial valleys and picturesque hill stations, descending towards the southern plains and including the sacred temples along the way, Himachal makes for a complex and complete experience.
The mountains can be explored by adventurers by visiting one of the many astounding hill stations, small villages or towns with breathtaking locations and superb nature surroundings. Some of the most popular and beautiful places to start discovering the magical ridges and valleys of the Himalayas include Dharamshala, Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dalhousie, Kaza, Nahan, Narkanda, Palampur and many others. From these stations, travelers can experience trekking, hiking, skiing, rafting, paragliding, wild-watching and more.
Also considered an excellent spiritual destination of India, Himachal has a large number of magnificent old and important sacred temples. The monastery of Tabo in Spiti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and over a millennium old, with beautiful paintings and statues. The most important Hindu temples include amazing places like Naina Devi, Bajreshwari Mata, Chintpurni, Baijnath, Bhimakali, Bijli Mahadev, Jakhoo and others. All of these make for insightful and inspiring experiences for travelers, discovering the authentic spiritual atmosphere of Hindu temples. Another UNESCO site in Himachal is the unique Kalka Shimla Heritage Railway, a narrow-gauge line that crosses stunning scenery and features over 100 tunnels and almost 1000 bridges, being built over a century ago.
Another important part of the cultural heritage in this magical region are the historical forts and palaces. There are plenty to discover and the most fascinating are included in Himachal tour packages. One of the most impressive is the old Kangra Fort, while other beautiful examples include Sujanpur Tihra Fort, Rang Mahal Palace, Naggar Castle, Kamru Fort, Viceregal Lodge in Shimla and many more. Overall, the region of Himachal makes for an unforgettable travel experience, a perfect combination of cultural heritage and natural beauty.