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Himalaya travel, the world’s highest mountains set the scene for a magical, unforgettable trip. Forming the northern-most region of India the Himalayan north sets itself aside from much of India through an unusually cool mystique. Once compared by the famous Sanskrit poet Kalidasa as a gigantic measuring rod striding the earth between two oceans there is to be no doubt that the Himalayas with their snow capped peaks are a stunning sight to behold.

Natural Beauty in the Himalayas
Tengboche NepalThe Himalayas are well known for their stunning natural beauty, many come here from all around the world to view the inspiring scenery. One of the most beautiful places in India surely must be the Valley of Flowers. This high-altitude Himalayan valley has around 300 different varieties of alpine flowers, which appear as a bright carpet of color against a mountainous snow capped peaks of the background. The site is only open from April to October as it’s covered in snow the rest of the year.

Naturally Isolated
For many centuries the Himalayan mountain range acted as a buffer, a natural barrier serving Indian national security from the north. An almost impassable creature which separated India from Tibet its ruggedness deterred all but the most unnerved from risking their lives on a journey where they would almost surely lose their lives. Surprisingly, over time, there was a slow penetration into India, at first for the purposes of trading and pilgrimage. And as such the Himalayan region of India has served as a melting pot not only for race but for religious and cultural purposes as well. States include Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Awesome Culture and Tourism
Mountains and PhewaThese days the Himalayas are home to many different people. The various tribes may in theory practice the same religion as the main areas of India, however often there are more localised versions of many popular religions. The culture of the people is welcoming, and often the local food, folk music and dance are absolutely astounding. But apart from the locals, there is also a very large part of the Himalayas that has had to make way for modern tourism. Trekking, river rafting, pilgrimages and wildlife tours and fishing are a brilliant way to spend your time in the Himalayan north. There is also a large base for people that are into eco-tourism.

Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Himalayas is between mid April to May-June and also between September to November. It is the best time to plan your trip to the Himalayas. And if you are going for trekking than all through out the year you can go depending on your preference of places. Because of such varied topography of the Himalayas and vastness of the terrain and difference in altitude of the places trekking tips can be planned depending on the place. Trekking of low altitude places is preferred during winter while crossing of high passes is preferred in summer because the snow line recedes during that time. You can also combine your adventure trip like river rafting, trekking and mountaineering together. You should avoid traveling during the monsoon because of the rains. So you should always plan your trip before and after the monsoon.

Himalaya travel guide
himalaya snow mountainThe trekking group should be small it should not exceed eight to ten people. Your group should be small because larger group pollutes the hillside and create administrative problems. Before going for the trip you should have medical tests to check that you are physically fit and to avoid height sickness. You should always maintain a first aid box, which should include basic medicines like fever, headache, nausea, constipation, burns, diarrhea, sore throat, cough and cold, and cuts along with bandages and eye lotion and Diuretics. Cold cream should be applied liberally before the day’s walk. It also protects from dryness of skin in winter. Running stream water should be used for washing. Above all you should be familiar with the place you are visiting and prior reading about that place and thorough research on the Internet can give a detailed understanding of the place.

What to Carry
Some of the necessary items you should carry during the trip are a good quality rucksack, which has broad straps to hold, foam mattress, a Swiss knife, sleeping bag, good quality and comfortable walking shoes, trekking shoes, rain coat because rains are really unpredictable in the mountains, matchboxes, umbrella, camera film according to the duration of the trip, water bottle, disposable bags to collect and carry garbage and torch are some of the essential items to carry for the trip.

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