The Himalayan region, including the Garhwal Himalayas, Kumaon Hills, Kullu
Valley, Kangra Valley, Lahaul & Sipti, Zanskar and Ladakh or the
eastern Himamlayas are ideal for trekking or lighter activities like
biking, rafting and angling. The best time for such activities is May to
Mid-December to March, skiing is possible on the snow-slopes of Garhwal,
Himachal and Kashmir. Auli in Garhwal, Gulmarg in Kashmir and Mandi,
Solang and Nankana in Himachal offer various natural slopes as well. Heli-skiing
is operational in Solang Valley and equipment of international standard is
Trans-Himalayan jeep-safaris, particularly the Manali-Leh (July to
October) stretch provide good adventure. Rajasthan, best during October to
April, is another favored destination with forts and palaces as the theme.
For keen riders, Rajasthan provides exciting trails where the Rajput
armies moved, dotted with cenotaphs, rural villages, lakes and wildlife
sanctuaries, impressive castles. Stay is usually in palaces turned to
Hotels or pitched tents. Horse safaris are also operated on certain trails
in Himachal (October to March).
For those who want to relive the fantasy of a 16th century caravan on the
move on trading routes - the camel safaris through the desert regions of
Rajasthan around Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner provide plenty of fun.
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