Sikkim Travel Guide

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.

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


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.