Top 7 Facts About The Himalayas You Never Knew
The Himalayas are nature’s one of the biggest miracles. Himalaya word is a combination of two Sanskrit words. The word ‘Him’ means snow and the word ‘A-laya’ means abode, but it is more than just a abode of snow. Many travelers look at the ranges as challenge and it helps them to discover their will power, while many look for natural beauty and it provides a stunning landscape. It also provides an ultimate destination for those who are on a quest for spiritualism.
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- 1 1. The Himalayas are the tallest and youngest mountain range on this planet
- 2 2. The Himalayas are still moving and growing
- 3 3. People believe the Himalayas are dwelling place of God
- 4 4. It serves as a natural habitat for many exotic animals
- 5 5. Home for various religions and cultures
- 6 6. Diverse Topography makes it to be the most beautiful place in the world
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- 8 7. Inspires many Mountaineers for climbing the highest peak in the world
1. The Himalayas are the tallest and youngest mountain range on this planet
Eight of the ten highest mountain peaks in the world belongs to Himalayas, with Mount Everest being the highest. They are not even the tallest but are also the youngest mountain ranges (70 million years young). They were caused due to the combined movement of Indian and Eurasian tectonic continental plates.
2. The Himalayas are still moving and growing
Based on various geological tests, many scientists have confirmed that the mountain range moves approximately 20mm every year. There is always a continuous movement of plates beneath the ranges. It means they are always restless. Hence, Himalayas are prone to natural disasters like avalanches, earthquakes, landslides, etc.
3. People believe the Himalayas are dwelling place of God
The Hindus consider Himalaya as an important place for worshiping god. It is a land of Holy practices for Hindu Saints. It has also been maintained in many Hindu sacred books like Ramanaya, Mahabharat, Rig Veda and many other Puranas.
4. It serves as a natural habitat for many exotic animals
Himalayas are also famous for the breathtaking wild animals and beautiful species of birds it houses. The snow leopards are the king of these mountains. Other animals like musk deer, Tibetan sheep and mountain goats are also spotted easily.
5. Home for various religions and cultures
People of various religion and cultures like Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam are found in Himalayas. Many famous Hindu pilgrimage destinations like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Ambernath are situated in and around this beautiful mountain range. There are also many Buddhist Monasteries in this region, which are like a treat to one’s soul.
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6. Diverse Topography makes it to be the most beautiful place in the world
The arrangement of natural and physical features of this area makes it to be the most beautiful place in the world. It is truly a heaven on earth. It acts as a permanent reservoir of fresh water as the snow of these ranges never melts.
7. Inspires many Mountaineers for climbing the highest peak in the world
The mountain ranges challenges many adventure seekers to climb it’s highest peak. Two men Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi have reached to the summit 21 times and they hold a joint record for most Everest ascents.