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Indian Himalaya

Indian Himalaya

Himalayan peaks, cool colonial hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, breathtaking summer treks in Zanskar and Ladakh, and opportunities to explore the mountains of Buddhist Sikkim – the Indian Himalaya really does have lots to offer the keen adventure traveller.

  • Sikkim
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Population: 619,000 (2012 census)
  • Size of region: 7,298 sq km
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Power supply: 220v/240v
  • Sockets: two pin sockets or Indian three-round pin variety
  • Language: Nepali is the most commonly spoken language
  • Time difference: GMT +5.5 hours
  • Visas: British Nationals require an Indian visa and this must be obtained in advance
  • Popular dishes: Momos - steamed or fried dumplings stuffed with vegetables or meat
  • Popular drinks: Tongba, a Himalayan millet beer
  • Did you know: Sikkim is home to around 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 of which are rare orchids
  • FCDO advice: FCDO advice for India
  • Ladakh
  • Capital city: Leh
  • Population: 274,289 (2011)
  • Size of region: 45,100 sq km
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Power supply: 230-240v
  • Sockets: two pin sockets or Indian three-round pin variety
  • Language: Ladakhi
  • Time difference: GMT +5.5 hours
  • Visas: British Nationals require an Indian visa and this must be obtained in advance
  • Religion: 50% Buddhist 45% Muslim
  • Popular dishes: local breads with apricot jam and Thukpa - thick vegetable soup
  • Popular drinks: Gurgur (butter) tea and chang
  • Did you know: As Ladakh is situated in the Himalayan rain shadow it is protected from the monsoon rains and can therefore be trekked in the summer months – one of the few areas of the Himalaya where this is recommended.
  • FCDO advice (India): FCDO advice for India
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