Mountain regions are the perfect get away for the free-willed soul. And what can be a better place to be close to nature than in the lap of the great Himalayas? The Himalayan range in India nestles innumerable scenic, sleepy villages in its laps and these places have become a favorite with tourists.
Himalayas are rich with its varied flora and fauna. The region is of specific interest to botanists because of the startling variety of rare plants growing here. Apart from their scenic beauty, most of the herbs, shrubs and trees growing in the Himalayan region have been put to medicinal use since ancient times.
Fable has it that Hindu god Hanumana, a devotee of Lord Rama, flew all over the dense forests of Himalayan region in search of a life-saving medicine. Lord Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana’s life depended on getting the rare herb and Hanumana is said to have finally found the medicinal herb in the Himalayan region.
The region is spread from the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal in the north, all the way to Sikkim and Darjeeling in the east. The landscape of the Himalayan region in the east is however starkly different and all the more scenic in its own right.
If planning a trip to any of the hill towns, make sure you gather enouch prior information of the weather conditions. It begins to rain around June and many roads often get closed up due to harsh weather conditions. Landslides are also common around these times. The best time to visit the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon from March till May. The season is good even in August and September, but the Himalayan range is not as clearly visible as in the summer months. After September, it begins to get quite chill in these regions.