Less visited than Nepal, though often as breathtaking, India offers enormous variety for trekkers – not just in its tremendous wealth of mountain landscapes, but also as a melting pot of cultural diversity.
The Indian Himalaya For many, the Himalaya are synonymous with Nepal, but vast tracts of this magnificent range form the northern borders of India. From remote and unspoilt Ladakh in the northwest through to Darjeeling and Sikkim in the east, these beautiful mountains offer a diversity of scenery and culture unmatched anywhere. For big white peaks there are Kanchenjunga and Nanda Devi; for the peak baggers, there’s the 6153m Stok Kangri.
Southern India Trekking through verdant tea plantations and rhododendron forests, southern India has as much to offer as the north. Low-altitude trekking coupled with cruising the Keralan backwaters on a coir houseboat makes for a more relaxed approach than the Indian Himalaya.
Why choose Exodus?
When heading into the more remote regions of the Himalaya it’s important to know what you are doing, and our knowledge, expertise and experience on the ground is unparalleled. Exodus pioneered many of the trekking routes in the Indian Himalaya in the 1980s and we have been working with the same local partners – and local staff – ever since. They know their mountains and are all passionate about sharing the experience with the lucky trekkers who join them on our India walking trips.
The two week cycle tour more than met our expectations. First time in India and would definitely visit again. The two key components being part of a nice group of eight participants whom all got on well (4 couples) and really superb local tour guides led by Safi. India more than met our expectations in terms of being ‘different’ in that it was very busy, noisy, colourful, warm which all added to the sensory experience as well as much of the countryside being delightful to cycle through. The Indian people in all locations were very very friendly with the children particularly keen to wave and acknowledge our presence which was a nice feeling. The first days dive into the very busy and noisy hustle bustle of Mysore with cows wandering down the roads and experience of some poorer areas, then the tour moves more to the countryside where it is quieter. The final week heads down to the coast of Kerala where the cycling is easier and the temperature is hotter and the humidity is higher. There are interesting and varied accommodation types used throughout the tour. Some accommodation is delightful whilst some accommodation is ordinary.
A brilliant holiday, I can’t think of anything that could have been improved. The guide Biju was perfect, he had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area, and nothing was too much trouble. The balance between organised excursions and free time was ideal in our case with plenty of time for wandering around, or ferreting out restaurants and hidden bars. The optional excursions were explained clearly and those we selected, which was most of them, perfectly matched or exceeded expectations. The whole holiday, South India, Biju and Exodus thoroughly exceeded my expectations.
An amazing time spent in Ladakh amongst stunning scenery and the local people. We were incredibly lucky to see 6 snow leopards in total thanks to the incredible skills of the spotters. The time spent in Delhi and Leh made an interesting contrast to the mountain wilderness.