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Himalayas is a mountain range in South Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

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.


CONTENT : A - F , G - L , M - R , S - Z , See also , External links

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A - F[edit]

In Tibet, sunrise over the Himalaya is surely one of the most unforgettable experiences you will ever have. - Kris LeBoutiller
Mount Everest - ...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? … - S. Chandrasekhar.
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,... - Encyclopædia Britannica.
Lake Manasarovar region -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.
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.
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.- Henry Manners Chichester.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
...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...- Florence Earle Coates.
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.
  • 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.

G - L[edit]

Mount Kailash - ...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,... - Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

M - R[edit]

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.
  • 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.

S - Z[edit]

*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, ...Siwaliks.
An illustration of Yeti - 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

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (Vol 1-9 )[edit]

Swami Vivekananda in: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda ( Vol 1-9 ) Kartindo Classics

... 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. - -Swami Vivekananda.
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. -Swami Vivekananda.
  • 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.

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