The authors acknowledge the Editors for inviting us to contribute to the Special volume on the Geological Field Trips in the Himalaya, Karakoram and Tibet of the Journal of Virtual Explorer. This paper has emerged out from integrated geological studies across a typical cross-section through the Higher Himalaya as a part of M. Tech. thesis by MS, PS and LK for the Head, Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Roorkee is thanked for providing the facilities. MS and RS also thank the Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), Bangalore for the award of the Summer Fellowship. AKJ is thankful to the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) for the Senior Scientist Scheme and Prof. S.K. Bhattacharyya, Director, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee for necessary facilities. P. K. Mukherjee acknowledges the Director, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology Dehra Dun for the facilities and the financial support. Research and field trip in Garwhal was supported by MIUR, PRIN 2010-2011 project and funds from Pisa and Torino Univerisites for R. Carosi, C. Montomoli and S. Iaccarino.