We wanted to start off by talking about the Himalayas – of course, the home of Himalayan Salt and the origin of salt lamps.
If you are looking for your next vacation location you should consider the Himalayas. This mountain range stretches from India to China via Nepal and Bhutan offer a wide variety of cultures and experiences. There are many reasons why the Himalayas should be your next travel destination.
Slowing Down In Shangri-La
Shangri-La was first introduced to people in 1933 by James Hilton in his book Lost Horizon. It was described as a mystical place in a tranquil valley that served as a utopian enclave. If you want to find the tranquility that Hilton described there are a number of places to do this. There are multiple districts in the Himalaya region that claim to be the mystical Shangri-La that was described.
One of those claiming to be Shangri-La is the city of Lijiang. The Old Town section of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely worth seeing. There are a number of others regions that you should visit to try and find the real Shangri-La.
Trying Out The Food
When visiting a new country or region you should look at trying the local foods. One of the foods that the Himalayas have to offer is fermented tofu. While this might sound a bit unappealing it is a staple of the East Asian cuisine and seen across the Himalayas. Fermented tofu is used as a condiment and is made from soybeans, rice wine, sesame oil, and salt.
Cycle Along The Great Bend
When visiting the Himalayas there is a lot to see and do. One of the experiences that you need to look at is cycling along the Great Bend of the Yangtze River. The Yangtze River is ruby-colored and forms a 90-degree bend which many people liken to a ribbon. The bend travels around a hilltop in the mountain range before the river continues across China to provide irrigation tot eh rice and wheat farmers.
There are a number of guided cycle tours that will take you along the Great Bend. You can also attempt to cycle along the river on your own. While you do this you can take in the scenery of the mountains and the fresh air.
Take A Trip Into Tibet
When you are traveling in the Himalayas, you need to take a trip into Tibet. The Tibetan cultural region is on the western side of the Yangtze River and you will notice the difference between the Himalayan Tibetans and the Han Chinese. The Tibetans are known for their peaceful approach to life and you will be able to feel this as soon as you cross the river. Taking the time to soak up the serenity and the simple approach to life will recharge you and help you relax before making your way home.
There are a number of reasons why you should look at visiting the Himalayas. There are a number of cultural destinations that you need to visit and you can take in the beautiful mountains while you are doing this.