India’s western Himalayas are located to the north of Delhi and to the west of Nepal, and consist of rolling foothills leading up to the high peaks in Kashmir and Ladakh. The foothills offer a perfect chance to trek, immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture that hasn’t changed in centuries. The best place to trek in the Indian Himalayas is around Kumaon and the former hill-station of Almora. Moving to the west, you find Corbett National Park, holy Rishikesh, Mussoorie and the British summer capital of Shimla. Just below the hills in Punjab, you find the Sikh capital of Amritsar, a great place to visit to see the stunning Golden Temple before heading into the hills. To the north, you find Ladakh, known as the ‘Last Shangri-La’ due to its amazing Tibetan Buddhist culture. Ladakh is a high-altitude desert, and unlike the rest of India, is perfect to visit in the summer months from May to October. Kashmir is stunning, and a visit to its capital Srinagar allows for a few nights on a luxury houseboat to end a tour of the Himalayas.