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Yashpreet Kaur

For some, it’s the waters on the beaches of Goa, others might go for a rejuvenating trip to Kerala, but for the silent adventure cravers, Himalayas is the place. Spread across various north and north eastern states in India the magnificent mountains have picturesque landscapes. With something for every traveller the peaceful dwellers, the city nomads, the adventure seekers, the explorers – Himalayas is a must visit once in a lifetime.

But here are 14 reasons why you should to travel to the Himalayas in your 20 somethings:

1. Motorbike Tours in Himalayas

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Exploring the Himalayas on wheel can be one of the wildest dreams of an adrenaline junkie. From Ladakh to Sikkim in North East India, outstretched mountain passes conjures up the visions of excitement amongst riders. Voyage through these biking trails for a thrilling road trip to the majestic mountains:

– Leh Srinagar Highway
– Dungri La/ Mann Pass
– Khardung La – a dream destination for every biker
– Nathu La Pass
– Delhi-Kargil-Manali Circuit

2. Walk Past the Dead at Roopkund Trek

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Located on a pilgrimage route in the Garhwal region of Himalayas, a trek to the mystery lake or the skeletal lake is one of the most thrilling adventures you would experience in the Himalayas. Dwell in the scenic views of the deep gorges while you walk past the dead for the adventurous trek.

3. Soak in the chills of the rivers

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What does rafting in a Himalayan river sound like to you? Insane, right? Fix the adrenaline rush as you raft in the cold waters of the rivers – Beas or Ganges in Kullu or Rishikesh.
While in Sikkim, raft in the waters of Teesta and Rangit for dramatic views while cutting through deep forests and varied rapids.

Arunachal Pradesh has the wealth of verdant hills and five rivers for rafting – Kameng, Subansiri, Lohit, Siang and Tirap to choose from.

4. Fly in the Valleys

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Fly over the snow-capped mountains, lush green forests and picturesque landscapes in the Himalayas.

Billing in Kangra Valley, surrounded by tea estates, 14-kms from Bir, is known for hang gliding and paragliding. You could also go paragliding in various locations from Solang Nala to Marhi and Luing Resithang near Khel Gaon in Gangtok, Sikkim.

Try Heli-Skiing on top hotspots like Chanderkhani pass, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba and Rohtang Pass. Heli-skiing offers the opportunity to be dropped off on peaks as high as 6,500m. For traditional skiing, head to Kufri, Narkanda or Solang Valley.

Ski in the winter resort of Auli, and go White Water Kayaking and Bungee Jumping on the Ganges river in Rishikesh. You could also try ice climbing on the frozen waterfalls in Kashmir.

5. Taste the Local Delicacies

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What is a trip without some delectable food? Taste the authentic momos across Himalayas. Go trout fishing in the waters of Beas and taste the deliciously prepared fish Himachal style. Taste the fresh fruits, cherries, corns or bhuttas available all across the ranges and treat your taste buds.

6. Camp in the Woods

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Doesn’t this sound like a fun idea? You can camp almost anywhere in the Himalayas be it Kullu, Mcleodganj, Rishikesh or the foothills of Everest. Tag along your friends and celebrate over a bonfire night in the valleys of the majestic mountains which tender some spectacular camping sites for the adventure aficionados.

7. Get High on Local Beer at Village Breweries

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As fascinating as this sounds, try some authentic local beer on your trip to the Himalayas. Try the mild cereal fermented beverage – Tongba or Jaanr or Chaang in Sikkim or Darjeeling. These can sometimes be very intoxicating depending on the substrates used.

8. Mountain Biking

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If you are an adventure buff who has the fervour to explore the magnificent peaks paddling on bicycle, the Himalayan trails are the perfect place for you. Explore some of the best trails ideal for a cycling vacation for those who are born to be wild:

– Srinagar – Dha Hanu – Leh
– Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso Lake
– Siliguri to Gurudongmar Lake
– Zanskar Cycling (Kargil to Darcha)

9. Frozen Zanskar River Trek

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Ever wanted to walk on a frozen lake in extreme winters? Trek to the icy wonderland of Zanskar or the formidable Chadar to be captured by Ladakh’s bewitching beauty. Go ahead and try the unusual expedition of walking on a frozen river.

10. Himalayan Blues Festival

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If you’re a traveller with a thing for music, Himalayan fests are for you! Started in the year 2007, the annual music festival showcases live performances featuring diverse blues artists from around the globe. With performances from artists like Hans Theessink, Owen Campbell, Dan Klarskov, Black River Bluesman, Parachute XVI and many more; the fest promotes various genres together with folklore and ethnic music.

11. Gaze at the Starry Sky

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Twenties are the most maddening years of one’s life. The struggle to succeed, the passion to grow, the hopes to rise envelops us while we chase the train to achievement. Away from your home, from the maddening city bustle, sleep under the starry sky and discover yourself!
Wondering where? Himalayas offer spectacular sites for a perfect star gazing night like

– Leh Ladakh
– Kashmir-Gulmarg
– Gurudongmar, Sikkim
– Mcleodganj-Triund

12. Explore the Himalayas on Foot and Discover the Natural Architecture

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With a beautiful surprise awaiting at every step, Himalayas is a paradise for backpackers and explorers. Escape to the mountains, walk past the trodden trails, reach the waterfalls, the root bridges, the colorful valleys or a picture perfect view point!

– The natural tunnels
– The man made tunnels
– Brooks and unexpected waterfalls
– Hidden Trails

13. A journey to the Himalayas is almost always a Budget Trip with Homestays!

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You could stay at:

1. La Villa Bethany, Mussoorie: A homestay with its own Observatory
Enjoy the panoramic vistas of the doon valley and gaze at the night sky through the telescope with an in-house observatory.

2. Yangsum heritage Farm, Namchi
Yangsum heritage farm offers a perfectly luxurious homestay at an affordable price. With ecstatic views of the valley and large sweeping vistas, the place is truly hospitable and offers a soul enriching experience.

3. Kuflon Basics Home, Uttarkashi
Kuflon has a population of about 30 people and is a true heaven for trekkers and mountain lovers. This is the last house in the Kuflon village with a comfortable stay and spell bounding views.

14. Unless you plan a stay at:

Wildflower Hall Resort: One of the luxurious spa resort in Shimla offers a pleasant lavish stay in the valleys of Himalayas. The resort hosts exclusive yoga, massage and ayurvedic treatments indoors as well as outdoors sessions topped with exotic backdrops.

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JW Marriott, Mussoorie: With a soulful location, splendid views and a rejuvenating spa, JW Marriott is an amazing spa resort perfect for a blissful stay in the doon valley.

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Royal Demazong, Sikkim: Located very close to the Tsomgo lake, the resort is beautifully crafted with local crafts and materials. The rooms offer a spectacular view of the Chola Ranges. Royal Demazong would be an idyllic resort for a perfect holiday.

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