Enchanting Himalayas

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Himalayas the mountain range, which is so unique in nature and this place, I wish to explore at some point of time in my life. Vastness of Himalayas makes one to realize the significance of nature and the creator. Further, it have been scientifically said if Himalayas aren't their, then India could well have been a cold desert

Embedded video would give an exotic glimpse of the elegant Himalayas.

 In Sanskrit Hima (snow) and Alaya (abode) in combine to form Himayala ( Abode of Snow) and according to Hindu Mythology, Himalaya is the home of God Shiva. Nepalese call Himalayas ‘Samgarmatha’ that means ‘Goddess of the Universe’ or ‘Forehead of the Sky’.

The Himalaya, run across five countries Bhutan, India Nepal , Tibet and Pakistan, while Human race claims certain areas belong to them, Himalaya is an ideal example as none can climb that Himalayas is solely belongs to them. The Himalayan Mountain Range was formed roughly about 70 million years ago as a result of a collision between Indo-Australian and Eurasian plates. It is said to cover 612,021 sq km with geographic variation so stunning. The climatic changes in Himalayan regions change quickly. As a result, the areas are prone to monsoons, floods, snowstorms, landslides, earthquakes, tremors and high winds.

 Several greatest rivers in the world — the Ganges, the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Mekong, the Yangtze and the Yellow Rivers originate from Himalayas or from the Tibetan Plateau. The medicinal herbs found at the foothills of Himalayas are the purest of all. According to Hindu mythology Ganges is believed to originate from head of lord Shiva.

I don’t think there is any place so very unique compared to Himalayas. Naturally, this is ultimate place for me to visit. Further, during trip to Himalaya I wish the world time machine stops, so that you really don’t need to hurry up seeing the places and be back to our normal routine life. Also, I believe, the mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.

On Himalayas, some of the places worth exploring in my list are,

Ladakh: Rock carvings found in many parts of Ladakh show that the area has been inhabited from Neolithic times (around 10000 BC). Ladakh is a region in India totally isolated from the modern world. I understand this to be an authentic land, where one finds ancestral customs of life characterized by intense spirituality. Even an Indian traveler will probably find no similarities in the land and people between the ones he leaves behind and those he encounters in Ladakh. Rich traditions of Mahayana Buddhism still flourish in the purest form in this region, which has often been referred to as Little Tibet. Ladakh's landscape has more in common with the lunar landscape than any other place on earth  

Lukla: This is the place in nepal, if one wish to take a aerial view of Himalaya through a small aircraft, Lukla has an airport. The amazing video clipping of mount Everest take you out of the world.

 (video links courtesy - You tube).
Finally would be glad to wound it us with visit to Gangtok, which has emerging as Ecotourism spot in India. Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. I would look forward for a holiday tour company like Yatra travel which can customize such trips with suitable package tours with combination of suitable flight options, self driven car or SUV and offcourse, accomodation. Such options, if provided would very much prove to be unique tour of its kind

 I would like to sign with the quote which had mentioned in my earlier travel blog post.

 It would be a treat to watch the vastness and bounty of nature which would be so soothing to mind , for one who is, confined to city life most time, where almost every inch is man-made and short lived with arrogance of 'me' associated with it.

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