Geographically the entire Himalaya is characterized by many diverse and Complex landforms with wide variation in climate, life and culture. Whenever one speaks about the Himalaya, people throughout the World become attentive and a special eagerness and expectation light up their countenance. It is not only the concept of tremendous heights, the call of unconquered peaks, uncharted glaciers and valleys, or the richness of Vegetation and Animal kingdom, but to the listener there is a greater and deeper significance in the word Himalaya.
The Himalaya, the treasure of all Natural Things and Spiritual lives, is now facing serious ecological imbalance. Increasing pressure of population, depleting Forest cover and wildlife, Construction of roads and dams, changes in Agricultural Patterns and land utilization systems, and recent developmental activities have resulted in deforestation, landslides, Soil erosion, Water Pollution and several other new problems.
This book is the Product of twenty-five papers contributed by eminent scholars in their fields. The book with an inter-disciplinary approach covers an Integrated view of history, geography, culture, Religion and impact of modernization on eco-cultural and Environment of the Himalaya.