45. BRAHMATAL TREK
Lohajung ( 0091-13-5305 1503, uk.gov.in), where your trek starts, is a hill town at 2,290m with snowy peaks in the distance and fields of colourful local spinach in red, yellow and green. The six-day trek will have you wandering through oak and fir forests, and once the Brahmatal Peak has been scaled, at over 3,600m, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan landscape, including the famous snow-covered Trishul and Nandaghunti peaks.
46. SKIING IN AULI
It’s one of India’s must-do winter adventures. Here, Asia’s longest cable-car ride takes you from Joshimath to the upper reaches of Auli ( 0091-98
3793 7948, auliskiing.in), where a vast canvas of snow allows you to carve your memories on the slopes. The three-metre-deep snow makes for incredible skiing conditions, and the panorama of snowy peaks, such as Nanda Devi, adds to the experience.
47. STAYING AT A HAUNTED HOTEL IN MUSSOORIE
Here’s an adventure of a different kind. Talk to people in any of India’s hill stations and tales of haunted houses find their way into the narrative sooner or later, and Mussoorie is no different. The
Savoy ( doubles from AED 615; 0091-135-263 7000,
itchotels.in) was the setting for Agatha Christie’s first murder mystery, The Mysterious Affair At
Styles, inspired by the real-life mysterious death of a British spiritualist in 1911. It’s said that Lady Frances Garnett-Orme still visits the hotel, often setting off flushes at night and making spooky noises on the creaking steps.