Northern India + The Himalayas

Northern India + The Himalayas Travel Guide

Specializes in handmade Ladakhi and Tibetan jewelry and antique headdresses.

A network of chic homestay accommodations in the Indus Valley, reached by hiking, rafting, or driving. The premise—a rather singular one in India—is to invite visitors to immerse themselves comfortably in a traditional culture that has, for the most part, never been accessible to them before.

The former seat of the royal family, built in the 17th century, offers panoramic views of Leh and its surroundings.

Best for: Tigers, water buffalo, rhinos, (wild) elephants, golden langur, (a rare orange-furred monkey), Bengal florican (an endangered two-foot-tall bird)


A bookshop filled with travel guides, maps, and limited-edition photographic essays.

Founded in 2002 by acclaimed travel writer Jonny Bealby, Wild Frontiers is an award-winning adventure travel company offering small group tours and tailor-made holidays to destinations across the globe.

Best for: One-horned rhinoceros, tigers, (wild) elephants, wild buffalo, monitor lizards, and water birds like the bar-headed goose, grey-headed lapwing, and spot-billed pelican


A treasure trove of affordable silver and Tibetan beads, as well as vintage trunks costing up to $4,000.

After traversing the Tibetan Plateau, the Yarlung Tsangpo River becomes the mighty Siang of northern India.

Best for: Tigers, wild elephants (as opposed to the ones you can ride), crocodiles, 600 species of birds