Top 10 interesting Himalayas facts

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The Himalayas are considered to be the tallest and youngest mountain ranges (only 70 million years young), which were caused by a continental collision between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, resulting in the development of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

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Various geological tests conducted by scientists have confirmed that this great mountain range still moves approximately 20mm every year.

Abode of snow

The term Himalaya also means abode of snow. This is because the mountains of the Himalayas are covered with the deposit of ice and snow.

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The upper portion of the Mount Everest (above 5,500 km) is draped with snow that never melts. The glaciers situated around this mountain range are a reservoir of crystal-clear fresh water.

Fossil creatures

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Although the Himalayan Mountains formed 60 million years ago, Everest’s history actually goes back a lot further.

The limestone and sandstone rock at the summit of the mountain was once part of sedimentary layers below sea level 450 million years ago.

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Explorer Noel Odell first discovered the fossils embedded within Everest’s rocks in 1924, proving that the mountain had once been below sea level. The first rock specimens from Everest were brought back by Swiss climbers in 1956 and by an American climbing team in 1963.

Place of lord Shiva

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In Hindu religion, the Himalaya is known as the Giri-raj, which means the “King of the Mountains”. The Hindu people consider the Himalayas as a sacrosanct place and believe it to be the dwelling place of Gods.

It has got mention in the epic Ramayana, Mahabharata, Rig Veda, Skanda Purana and many other Puranas. Many saints regard the Himalayas as the land of holy practices where perform the penance and worship the Lord.

Exotic animals

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The Himalayas serve as a natural habitat to some exotic species of animals like the snow leopard, wild goat, Tibetan sheep, musk deer and mountain goats.

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To watch the majestic snow leopards, you have to climb the higher altitudes of the mountain. Besides the animals, there are even many diverse and beautiful species of birds

Two men climbed it 21 times

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Two Sherpa’s, APA Sherpa and Phurba Tashi, hold the joint record for most Everest ascents.

The pair has each managed to reach the summit an impressive 21 times.

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Phurba reached the top of the world three times in 2007 alone, and APA has successfully summated the mountain almost every year between 1990 and 2011.

Nature explorer

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The lofty Himalayas make a dramatic statement on the topography of the Earth. An enchanting gift of Mother Nature, [Want to go for Trekking in Ladakh] this mountain system is not just a popular holiday destination, but also a treasure chest of unexplored areas waiting to be found by adventurous mountaineers.

Multitude religions

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You can find people of various cultures and religions, including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Buddhism in the Himalayas.

The Himalayan people are known to be very friendly and help the tourists visiting the region in every possible manner. There are plenty of beautiful Buddhist Monasteries in the Himalaya region that really captivate the attention of the visitors.

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The prominent Hindu pilgrimage destinations such as the Amaranth, Kedarnath and Badrinath are nestled in the Himalayas.

Scenic beauty

Mount Everest, mountain peak in the Himalayas, is located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China. It is highest peak in the world with height of 8,848m above sea level.

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The Himalayan range is home to the planet’s highest peaks. All worlds’ 14 over 8,000 meters peaks are found in the Himalayas. The Himalayan range runs west-northwest to east-southeast with about 2400 km in length and 150-400 km in width.

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The Himalayas were created as two plates the Eurasian and Indo-Australian plates collided starting from some 20 million years ago.

Source of inspiration

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The Himalayas acts as a source of inspiration for many adventure junkies and mountaineers those who want to experience a great adrenaline rush in their veins.

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The Everest is not a very easy peak to climb as the rugged terrains, deep snow and harsh weather present great challenges to the mountaineers to climb the peak. It really tests the endurance, stamina, strength and climbing skills of the mountaineers.

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