1 Kashmir Valley

This lush swathe of green is once more attracting visitors to trekking bases such as Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

2 Dal Lake

Lounging on a Kashmiri houseboat, surrounded by waterlilies, kingfishers and a stunning mountain range – unforgettable.

3 Leh

Medieval streets, a Tibetan-style palace, bazaars and looming snowy peaks.

4 Tikse

Along with Lamayuru and Hemis, the Indian Himalayas’ most impressive monastery complex.

5 Tso Moriri

This exquisite high-altitude lake inhabited by nomadic herders features snow-fringed desert mountains and rare migratory birds.

6 Nubra Valley

Sand dunes, Bactrian camels and views of the mighty Karakorams await across the world’s highest driveable road.

7 Alchi

Wonderful painted murals and stucco images are hidden behind the simple exterior of this ancient monastery.

8 Zanskar

Walled in by the Himalayas, during the winter this isolated valley can only be reached by following the frozen river route.

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