The Himalayas, or Himalaya, (/ˌhɪməˈleɪ.ə/ or/hɪˈmɑːləjə/; Sanskrit: हिमालय, hima (snow) + ālaya(dwelling), Sanskrit word literally meaning, "abode of the snow") is a mountain range in South Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. The Himalayan range is home to the planet's highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. The Himalayas include over a hundred mountains exceeding 7,200 metres (23,600 ft) in elevation. Himalayas is also intertwined with the deep religious ethos of many religions, which emnated from India.
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- In Tibet, sunrise over the Himalaya is surely one of the most unforgettable experiences you will ever have.
- Kris LeBoutiller in:On the Iron Rails of the Orient: Train Journeys in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Tibet, Marshall Cavendish, 2007, p. 7.
- [Durga or Parvati] in Hindu mythology is the wife of Siva and daughter of Himavat (the Himalayas). She has many names and many characters
- EVEREST, MOUNT, the highest mountain in the world. It is a peak of the Himalayas situated in Nepal almost precisely on the intersection of the meridian 87 E. long. with the parallel 28 N. lat. Its elevation as at present determined by trigonometrical observation is 29,002 ft., but it is possible that further investigation into the value of refraction at such altitudes will result in placing the summit even higher... The peak possesses no distinctive native name and has been called Everest after Sir George Everest who completed the trigonometrical survey of the Himalayas in 1841 and first fixed its position and altitude.
- KINCHINJUNGA, or KANCHANJANGA, the third (or second; see K2) highest mountain in the world. It is a peak of the eastern Himalayas, situated on the boundary between Sikkim and Nepal, with an elevation of 28,146 ft. Kinchinjunga is best seen from the Indian hill-station of Darjeeling, where the view of this stupendous mountain, dominating all intervening ranges and rising from regions of tropical undergrowth to the altitude of eternal snows, is one of the grandest in the world.
- ASPIDISTRA, a small genus of the lily order (Liliaceae), native of the Himalayas, China and Japan. Aspidistra lurida is a favourite pot-plant, bearing large green or white-striped leaves on an underground stem, and small dark purplish, cup-shaped flowers close to the ground.
- The pursuit of science has often been compared to the scaling of mountains, high and not so high. But who amongst us can hope, even in imagination, to scale the Everest and reach its summit when the sky is blue and the air is still, and in the stillness of the air survey the entire Himalayan range in the dazzling white of the snow stretching to infinity? None of us can hope for a comparable vision of nature and of the universe around us. But there is nothing mean or lowly in standing in the valley below and awaiting the sun to rise over Kinchinjunga.
- S. Chandrasekhar in: Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in Science, University of Chicago Press, 15 November 2013, p. 26.
- The good shine from afar
Like the snowy Himalayas.
The bad don't appear
Even when near,
Like arrows shot into the night.
- Himalayas have always been known as the abode of snow. This mountain range located in the north of India is considered to be the mystical dwelling of gods. There is a magnetic pull that draws pilgrims and tourists to this place. The Himalayan tourist centres are the toughest of all the pilgrimages.
- Pradeep Chamariya in: Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation, Abhinav Publications, 4 January 2014, p. 15.
- The mighty Himalayan Ranges are about 2500 km long and 350 km broad. They are the highest mountain in the world with hundreds of high peaks and pinnacles above 20000 feet. The Himalayas are the inseparable part of the Indian heritage. A description of the Himalayas is found in earliest Sanskrit literature. These mighty mountains figure prominently in the Epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Ancient texts, such as the Ramayana, the Puranas, the Vedas, the Mahabharata, all sing in unison of the glory and wonder of the Himalayas.
- Pradeep Chamariya in: "Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation", p. 15.
- Where else in the world can you feel closer to God. His presence is within such grandeur, within such might, within such beauty, within the Himalayas
- Pradeep Chamariya in: "Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation", p. 15.
- The desire to smell the pure air, to sleep under the open skies in the mountains, meditating pulls in this serenity pulls you to the Himalayas. We as Indians are very lucky that this mountain is part of our geographical boundaries and heritage. Once you are near these mountains, the electrifying sights, the clean air makes you detached from the material world.
- Pradeep Chamariya in: "Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation", p. 15.
- The Mt. Kailash-Lake Manasarovar region, in the west of Himalayas, is a wonderful place, especially for those fascinated by the stories and tales of gods and demons. The pilgrimage organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in association...with Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam generally begins around the middle of June every year and pilgrims make their way to the heavenly abode till late September.
- Pradeep Chamariya in: "Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation", p. 20.
- The geography of the Himalayas is such that all its passes lead one to the region of Kailash and Manasarovar. Western Tibet, the place of the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva, has been known to the Hindus and their ancestors since thousands of years.
- Pradeep Chamariya in: "Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation", p. 23.
- It further continues to tell us that Meru is in the Himalayas between Malyavant and Gandhamadana. This gold-mountain is the highest of all mountains. It is round as a ball, shines like the morning sun, and is like a fire without smoke.
- Pradeep Chamariya in: "Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation", p. 26.
- This is a very major earthquake but it's really aggravated a thousand times by the topography. An earthquake is bad anywhere, in the Himalayas it becomes much worse.
- Manzoor Chandio in: DAWN - Features, Dawn, 20 October 2005.
- In the course of his service Gerard carried out many arduous and important survey duties, especially in the Himalayas, where he ascended heights previously believed to be inaccessible, and penetrated into Tibet as far as the frontier pickets of Chinese would allow. To him we are indebted for our earliest notions of the geological structure and remains of the Himalayan ranges.
- In 1895 he [Albert Frederick] was mountaineering in the Nanga Parbat group of the Kashmir Himalayas. He was last seen on 23 Aug., and it is believed that he was overwhelmed by an avalanche while traversing a snow pass.
- Albert Frederick in:Albert Frederick (DNB01), wikisource
- SILENT amidst unbroken silence deep
Of dateless years, in loneliness supreme,
She pondered patiently one mighty theme,
And let the hours, uncounted, by her creep.
The motionless Himalayas, the broad sweep
Of glacial cataracts, great Ganges' stream—
All these to her were but as things that seem,
Doomed all to pass, like phantoms viewed in sleep
:Her history? She has none—scarce a name.
The life she lived is lost in the profound
Of time, which she despised; but nothing mars
The memory that, single, gives her fame—
She dreamed eternal dreams, and from the ground
Still raised her yearning vision to the stars.
- We are humanitarians, we don't know how to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people in the Himalayas. But the most efficient military alliance in the world should be able to.
- Himalayas is a place of meditation. It reminds you of God’s home and a meditation ground for the realized soul Indian bliss of realization of soul and Himalaya are intermingled.
- A noted writer quoted in:"Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation", p. 16.
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- The country through which we had been travelling for days has an original beauty. Wide plains were diversified by stretches of hilly country with low passes. We often had to wade through swift running ice-cold brooks. It has long since we had seen - a glacier, but as we were approaching the tasam at Barka, a chain of glaciers gleaming in the sunshine came into view. The landscape was dominated by the 25,000-foot peak of Gurla Mandhata; less striking, but far more famous, was the sacred Mount Kailash, 3,000 feet lower, which stands in majestic isolation apart from the Himalayan range.
- From Kurseong a very steep zig zag leads up to the mountains [Himalayas in Bengal] through a magnificent forest of chestnut, walnut, Oaks and laurels. It is difficult to conceive a grander mass of vegetation:—the straight shafts of the timber-trees shooting aloft, some naked and clean, with grey, pale, or brown bark; others literally clothed for yards with a continuous garment of epiphytes, one mass of blossoms, especially the white Orchids Caelogynes, which bloom in a profuse manner, whitening their trunks like snow. More bulky trunks were masses of interlacing climbers, Araliaceae, Leguminosae, Vines, and Menispermeae, Hydrangea, and Peppers, enclosing a hollow, once filled by the now strangled supporting tree, which has long ago decayed away. From the sides and summit of these, supple branches hung forth, either leafy or naked; the latter resembling cables flung from one tree to another, swinging in the breeze, their rocking motion increased by the weight of great bunches of ferns or Orchids, which were perched aloft in the loops. Perpetual moisture nourishes this dripping forest: and pendulous mosses and lichens are met with in profusion.
- HIGH in the azure heavens, ye ancient mountains,
Do ye uplift your old ancestral snows,
Gathering amid the clouds those icy fountains,
Whence many a sunny stream through India flows.
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1838 (1837), 'The Village of Kursalee'
- The trip takes about 8 hours, but the experience on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways is worth the extra time you spend on it. This is also one of the two trains to be honoured with the UNESCO World Heritage status, given its legacy of making journeys for over a century now.
- Mountain Railways of India in: [http://books.google.co.in/books?id=TT_u45_WfCUC&pg=PA153 Travel House Guide to Incredible India], Har Anand Publications, 2004, p. 153.
- I am the Himalayas among the non-moveable.
- Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita quoted in: Pradeep Chamariya Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation, Abhinav Publications, 4 January 2014, p. 15.
M - R
- In 1892 he [Sir William Martin] beat the climbing record by ascending to a height of 23,000 feet in the Himalayas in the course of an exploring and mountaineering expedition undertaken under the auspices of the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the British Association.
- PUTCHOCK, pu-chok', or PUCHUCK, the root of Aplotaxis lappa, the “costus” of the ancients, a composite plant growing on the Himalayas in the vicinity of Cashmere. It has long lyrate leaves and heads of purple florets. It is exported to the Malay countries and to China, where it forms a main ingredient in the Chinese pastille-rods known as joss-sticks. In Upper India it is given as a medicine in various complaints ranging from coughs to cholera.
- Experimental gardens [Tree that bears Qunine] were opened on the Nilgiri Mountains of Southern India, the Himalayas on the north of Bengal, the hills of Assam and the Northwest Provinces, and on the highlands of Burma. With the exception of the Nilgiri and Himalayas, these localities were found to be unfavorable. At Darjeeling in the Himalayas, four hundred miles north of Calcutta, near which the cinchona-gardens are located, … Cinchona alkaloid is now largely used throughout the country, with a proportionate reduction in the demand for quinine.
- A Himalayan trek is a metaphor for life itself. On a trek we are searching for a majestic peak or high plateau, a beautiful stream or waterfall, or a shrine or monastery. . The destination or goal serves to quench our thirst, our desire. It provides a short respite from the rigors of the trail, a brief "One Night's Shelter." Then we have to descend, move on. We cannot stay there.
- Yogavacara Rahula in: Trekking, Government of West Bengal Tourism.
- For asking questions about the height of the Himalayas, the height of Tibet, the height of the Andes, it's terrific. But if you go to small mountain ranges or small elevation differences, you're probably not going to be able to say much with confidence.
- David Rowley in: Roof of the world’ tells tale of colliding continents, Earth’s interior, University of Chicago News Office, 9 February 2006.
S - Z
- If my body were cut in half, if a saw was put to my head, and if my body were frozen in the Himalayas - even then, my mind would not be free of disease. None of these are equal to the Name of the Lord. I have seen and tried and tested them all.
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib in: Marilynn HughesThe Voice of the Prophets: Wisdom of the Ages, Volume 2 of 12, Lulu.com, 1 November 2005, p. 117.
- Siwalik Hills, a name given to the foot-hills of the Himalayas in Dehra Dun district of the United Provinces of India, and in Nahan state and Hoshiarpur district of the Punjab. The range runs parallel with the Himalayan system from Hardwar on the Ganges to the banks of the Beas... The elevation varies from 2000 to 3500 ft. Geologically, the Siwaliks belong to the tertiary deposits of the outer Himalayas, and are chiefly composed of low sandstone and conglomerate hills...
- Siwaliks in: 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 25 Siwalik Hills, Wikisource.
- Whenever I think of Himalayas, all my works come to a standstill. The Himalayas is the birth place of philosophy. Himalayas is the place where worldly taint could never reach, where rolls the stream of knowledge, truth and bliss. The heart of Himalayas is very far away from the material world.
- Swami Vivekananda in: Pradeep Chamariya Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation, Abhinav Publications, 4 January 2014p.15.
- Four of us from here are in the Himalayas now, and with Gangadhar they are five. One brother-disciple named Shivananda came across Gangadhar at Srinagara on the way to holy Kedarnath, and Gangadhar has sent two letters here. During his first year in the Himalayas, he could not secure permission to enter Tibet, but he got it the next year. The Lamas love him much, and he had picked up the Tibetan language. He says the Lamas form ninety per cent of the population, but they mostly practice Tântrika forms of worship. The country is intensely cold — eatables there are scarcely any — only dried meat; and Gangadhar had to travel and live on that food.
- To give this ONE TRUTH a freer and fuller scope in elevating the lives of individuals and leavening the mass of mankind, we start this Advaita Ashrama on the Himalayan heights, the land of its first expiration.
- Himalayas is a place of meditation. It reminds you of God’s home and a meditation ground for the realized soul. Indian bliss of realization of soul and Himalaya are intermingled.
- A noted writer quoted in: Pradeep Chamariya Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation, Abhinav Publications, 4 January 2014, p. 15.
- You're chugging up Mount Everest in an old pack track in search of the legendary Abominable Snowman. But the track turns out to have collapsed (of course), and as the cars pick up speed —both forward and backward (and in the dark)—riders find themselves perilously close to an elephant- size and pretty scary Yeti, "protector" of the Himalayas.
- Eve Zibart in: The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups, John Wiley & Sons, 1 October 2007, p. 102.
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (Vol 1-9 )
Swami Vivekananda in: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda ( Vol 1-9 ) Kartindo Classics
- He had yet to wander throughout the length and breadth of India, from the Himalayas to Cape Comorin, mixing with saints and scholars and simple souls alike, learning from all, teaching to all, and living with all, seeing India as she was and is, ...
- In p. 11.
- Whose glory the snow-tops of the Himalayas declare, whose glory the oceans with all their waters proclaim...
- In p. 184.
- Through the vistas of the past the voice of the centuries is coming down to us; the voice of the sages of the Himalayas and the recluses of the forest; the voice that came to the Semitic races; the voice that spoke through Buddha and spiritual giants,...
- In p. 287.
- Men sit in the snow of the Himalayas, and do not care to wear any garment. What is heat? What is cold? Let things come and go, what is that to me, I am not the body.
- In p. 511.
- Religion, which is the highest knowledge and the highest wisdom, cannot be bought, nor can it be acquired from books. You may thrust your head into all the corners of the world, you may explore the Himalayas.
- In p. 531.
- ...searched almost every cave here, and lived in the Himalayas. I know people who lived there all their lives. I love my nation, I cannot see you degraded, weakened any more than you are now. Therefore I am bound for your sake and for truth's ...
- In p. 629.
- ... the same India whose influx of spirituality is represented, as it were, on the material plane, by rolling rivers like oceans, where the eternal Himalayas, rising tier above tier with their snowcaps, look as it were into the very mysteries of heaven.
- In p. 658.
- ... and we sincerely pray that your efforts in this direction be crowned with success. The great Shankaracharya also, after his spiritual conquest, established a Math at Badarikâshrama in the Himalayas for the protection of the ancient religion.
- In p. 691.
- To the great tablelands of the high Himalaya mountains first came the Aryans, and there to this day abides the pure type of Brahman ...
- In p. 776.
- In ancient India, when men became very old, they would give up everything. So did the kings. When a man did not want to live any more, then he went towards the Himalayas, without eating or drinking and walked on and on till the body failed. All the time thinking of God, be just marched on till the body gave way.
- In p. 842.