5 photographs that are guaranteed to make you visit India’s magical Far North

Having returned recently from the Far North of India, we are reminded of its incredible beauty and all the reasons why its worth making the journey to this more remote part of India. With clear blue skies, snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful countryside – India’s Far North is a photographer’s paradise. Already loved by trekkers and walkers who travel to the region to explore its mountain paths and ranges, the Far North also has plenty of drawcards that give it wider appeal to travellers. From its cooler climate that provides a respite from the heat of other parts of India; to the sparse population and serenity that stand in contrast to hustle and bustle of the rest of the country; and a wonderful range of accommodation – a journey to the Far North is sure to reward all those who make the trip.

Here are five images that show you why this magical destination should be included in your India travel plans.

1. Stunning scenery

Wake each day to breathtaking views of the snow-tipped mountains, flower-filled valleys and clear blue skies of India’s Himalayas. You don’t have to hike them to appreciate their power and their beauty. Those that like to pull on the boots will find a great range of walks and treks that will take you into the heart of these mountains and the remote villages you meet along the way.

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2. Authentic local festivals

It’s here in the Far North where much of India’s Tibetan Buddhist population lives. With their own culture and religious practise, a visit to the region can give you the opportunity to witness and share some of their unique festivals and celebrations.

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3. Unique wildlife

Many go to India in search of the illusive tiger – but in the Far North one unique beast you can encounter is the double-humped camel! Found near Leh, you can ride and pat these rather special animals here. A double-humped camel is a great point of conversation for when you return from your trip.

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4. Monasteries

Among the mountains you can see and visit some magnificent Buddhist monasteries. At certain times of the day you can also hear the monks chanting their prayers and quietly witness these powerful daily meditations.

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5. Different ethnic groups and tribes

In these remote areas you’ll come across a range of different ethnic groups and tribes that call these hills home. See a side of India that’s not what you had imagined.

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Lincoln Harris is Founder at India Unbound.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Great photos, loved how you got the atmosphere just right. I love photography what pieces of kit do you think I should take with me to get my own shots like these?

  2. Vivek Bansal says:

    Great clicks. It staggers me every time I go to India how the landscape, culture and food changes as you head north from Delhi, but one thing that remains constant is the wonderful hospitality lavished on visitors.

  3. Vivek Bansal says:

    Patrick, depending on your style of photography I would recommend travelling light, ideally a decent wide angle lens and a monopod. Also a polarising filter on your lens to prevent glare from any reflected surfaces. Make sure you have spare batteries at hand as the temperature can drop and drains the camera power faster at colder temperatures. Also a decent prime lens to force you to get up close, thats the best way to get to know the people.

  4. Jack says:

    Vivek, thanks for this really interesting post. I’m only an average photographer but really enjoy good photos. Is there a time of year that is best for amateurs to shoot photos in this part of India?

  5. Vivek Bansal says:

    Jack, depends on how far north you wish to travel. Places like Shimla, which was the summer retreat for the British during the Raj, Dharamshala and Manali would be a good place to start in May/June. The majority of the low lands in India will be reaching the high 30’s if not 40º and above.
    Going later in the year October/November time does tend to get cold and you will get bogged down due to low clouds so not conducive for photography.
    Even though the summer months will be hot in places like Delhi, the Himachal area will be comfortable and also you can get some great deals on flights.

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