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Himalayas

Thriving native culture nestled among rugged peaks

The Himalayas are rugged, remote, and sparsely populated. Large areas are cut off by snowfall in winter. Combine this with the fact that the people here have close ethnic, linguistic, and cultural ties with communities in Tibet, and it feels very different to other parts of India.

The Kashmir Valley is one of the most wonderful places to explore, with turquoise rivers that cut through wildflower encrusted mountain vales. Stay in a cedar houseboat on Dal Lake, wander through the magnificent Mughal gardens, and explore the historic buildings of the Old City on a heritage walking tour.
 
Crossing the mountain passes from Kashmir to Ladakh - Little Tibet - is not for the faint hearted, as the road twists and turns. It’s well worth the effort though, as this high altitude desert is filled with ancient Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and forts. In winter you stand good chances of seeing snow leopard in the Hemis National Park, as well as marmot and birds of prey.
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Wildflower Hall
Oberoi’s luxury Wildflower Hall is a mountain palace nestled in the hills of Shimla, 8,000 feet above sea level, and a retreat for the powerful and wealthy for centuries. At Wildflower you can savour the fresh air and spectacular views at the top of the world.
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Shakti 360 Leti
Experience the beauty of the Himalayas by venturing off the beaten track to Kumaon, in the northern hill-state of Uttarakhand. Staying at Shakti 360 Leti gives you the chance to visit this unique environment, whilst relaxing at this hillside stonework retreat.
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The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa Gulmarg
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa sits at a towering 8,825 feet above sea level in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, providing outstanding views of the pristine landscape all around. Whatever time of the year, the Khyber Resort is a luxurious escape far from the everyday.
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Chamba Camp
The Thiksey Monastery looms large over the Indus Valley, both physically and culturally speaking. At its foot is the remarkable Chamba Camp, which opens anew each season in May and is operational until mid October. It is the ultimate travelling camp.
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Jaagir Lodge
Follow in the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling and explore the depths of the Indian jungle from an intimate and luxurious sanctuary – Jaagir Lodge. Sumptuous accommodation provides a haven in which to recharge following days of exciting adventures.