If you are really inquisitive to know the about Himalayas, then your eyeballs are on the right track. It was in the evening when I reached the summit of Naina peak when I first saw them. The weather was clear and there they were, the snow covered range.
I might have been ten then but I still remember I was witnessing something majestic. I was looking at the mighty Himalayas. The seed sown then has grown and so has the love for these ranges. I can chase after them for the rest of my life.
Different Himalayas Maps are available when we search on Google. Normally, in academic books of children, we can find the clear maps of Himalayas.
The 8000 km high mountain range in the world forms a fissure separating India and the Tibetan Plateau. Himalayas are located between Karakoram Range in Pakistan end in Bhutan.
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History of Himalayas:
Himalayas were formed some 40 million years ago when India collided with the rest of the Aisa. They have been rising at a rate of 1 cm/year ever since.
According to Hindu mythology Mt. Kailash (Meru) is at the center of the universe. It is also considered very sacred in the Buddhist and Jain traditions. Thus making it a highly inaccessible but rewarding pilgrimage for the followers of the three religion. Due to these sacred importance it has never been climbed.
The Holy Kailash is a perfect pyramid. It is believed that each side of the mountain gives birth to rivers that carry life on Earth. This might be partially true. As the three rivers that originate from the Mountain are Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. The major rivers of the nearby countries.
There is a saying in Nepal that “Nothing crosses the Himalayas. But an interesting fact about Himalayas a specie of Birds called Bar Headed Geese makes assent over these difficult mountain ranges. Their body is especially designed with rich hemoglobin content and travels at a speed of more than 1000 km/hr.
The Himalayas are tough place to survive for any living organism. It encourages team work between animals and humans. The people living in these extremely difficult mountains tend to be more compassionate to each other and to the other species. Himalayan people are very welcoming to the tourist visiting by.
Himalayas are home for some of the rarest species in the world which are found only in these regions which include snow leopard, wild goat, Tibetan sheep, musk deer and mountain goats. Snow leopards live in very hostile conditions and are excellent climbers. Only few among the humans have the honour of sighting this incredible animal in its natural surroundings.
If it wasn’t for the Himalayas most of the southern Asia would be a dessert. The cold mountains are responsible to draw tropical air from the Indian Ocean thousands of mile away from it. Himalayas are responsible for the Monsoon.
Mr Josheph Hooker in an expedition came to the see Himalaya and collected some of the rarest type of Flowers and Herbs from these areas. An interesting fact is half the flowers in garden of Europes are from Himalayas. It is also home to countless medicinal herbs which continues to be hidden from the world.
Now the mountains have started melting. They are melting faster than the expected rate, much of this have been attributed to the climatic change. It is the home to many unique flora and fauna which will disappear once the ice melts. If the Indian subcontinent has to survive it it has to make sure that the ecosystem is preserved.