7. Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
Best for: Mountainous meditation
Up in the northernmost reaches of India, the Great Himalayan National Park harbours 350 wildlife species, including some of the world’s most vulnerable mammals – such as snow leopards and Himalayan tahrs. These peaks, you see, reach almost 6,000 metres high: a natural haven for hardy fauna, as well as a remarkable diversity of flora.
If you like your camping trips on the wild side, and your hiking trails with breath-stealing views, you’ve come to the right place: summer and autumn bring high-altitude adventures aplenty. But take a moment, too, to meditate in this greatest of outdoors. A more humbling landscape you’d be hard-pressed to find.