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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.

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