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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Almora itself occupies a horseshoe-shaped ridge and is an important market town and administrative centre. It is also considered to be the cultural capital of the area, also known for Jim Corbett's tiger escapades. Its stone paved roads and wooden houses reflect its rich heritage.
Although Dharamsala is the better known of these two neighbouring towns, McLeod Ganj is the base for the Tibetan government in exile and their community. The Dalai Lama is often in residence in May and July and may lead prayers at these times.
Leh is located some 3500 metres above sea level and is the capital of Ladakh. The town lies in the ancient Indus valley and has been a trading post for Himalayan peoples for centuries.
One of India’s seven Hindu holy cities, and bisected by the mighty Ganges, Rishikesh is home to many ashrams offering spiritual learning, yoga and meditation. For generations Rishikesh has been a rest stop for holy men and pilgrims heading into the Himalaya seeking purity.
At over 2,100 metres above sea level, Shimla was once the cool summer retreat for the British colonial government escaping from the heat of the plains.
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