From those living in the large, bustling cities to the inhabitants of the small mountain villages that seem to be of a different time altogether, the people of the Indian subcontinent are both fascinating and hugely hospitable. This is just the start of its appeal as a place to explore – the amazing animals, beautiful coastlines, ancient temples, palaces and dramatic scenery are just as alluring. The incredible Himalayas are best experienced on a trek, with stunning vistas all the way, and delicious local curries as fuel. There’s Everest too, of course, in Nepal. And the amazing hill country of Ski Lanka, bright green with tea plantations and scattered with waterfalls, cloud forests and dazzling wildlife.