Prepare for a whirlwind. Head to the Himalayas for trekking, prayer flags and altitude, head south for tea plantations, beaches and houseboats. But make sure you dive into the golden triangle head first. It’s not a full Indian experience unless you surrender to the immense contrasts of this vast country. Sounds, smells, colour. Vast mountain ranges, glaciers and lakes, sweeping deserts, colonial architecture, tea plantations, lush waterways and palm fringed tropics. Build your own itinerary through this epic country with so much to choose from, you’ll be back more than once.
Enjoy a cup of chai tea, spend time with a Buddhist monk, reach that high altitude pass, watch the world go by in the backwaters, jump in a tuk tuk. Speed up, slow down. Energize, relax. Get ready for the ride.