The Himalayas are perhaps the most beautiful landscape in all of India. A welcome retreat from the bustle of the city and the heat of the plains, they are a place to relax and get to know the country at a gentle pace.
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A view of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain at 28,169 feet (8,586 metres)
In just half a day it is possible to leave the buzz of Delhi behind and find a completely different pace of life in the foothills of the Himalaya.
Against a backdrop of magnificent mountain peaks you can take a trip back to a bygone era, to colonial Shimla where life revolved around intrigue and gossip on the Mall, or venture further to numerous small towns and villages on ancient Tibetan trade routes where most journeys are still on foot.
Breathing fresh, pine-scented air, this is a region where you can walk for miles in stunning scenery, absorb the palpably spiritual atmosphere along the banks of the holy Ganges, search for tigers in the jungles of Corbett or simply relax and pamper yourself in a wonderful mountain retreat.
A trip to the northern foothills not only offers excellent mountain views and walking opportunities but the chance to discover India’s spiritual side.
Three of India’s major religions have a strong presence in the region: you can experience the Sikhs' majestic Golden Temple at Amritsar and the Hindu ceremonies of the banks of the River Ganges at Haridwar and Rishikesh, whilst the Dalai Lama is in residence at McLeod Ganj and further North in Ladakh there are numerous Buddhist festivals in the summer months.
Whether you witness the 'Putting to Bed Ceremony' at the Golden Temple, float a candle offering along the Ganges, or simply turn a Buddhist prayer wheel in Dharamsala, the foothills offer a magical experience for any traveller.
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