CONTENTS:- Chap. 1: Karakorams Chap. 2: Kashmir and Himachal Chap. 3: Garhwal-Kumaon Chap. 4: Nepal Chap. 5: Sikkim and Bhutan
The Hinduayas, Mountain ranges set in an arc 2,400 kilometres along the northern border of India, are also where inscrutable nuances permeate the essence of everything. Many travellers to these Mountains have noted that on every side one feels the presence of arcane and unsettling heights, icy silences broken by the dull roar of avalanches. Himalayan mountains are regarded as the Sacred abode of Gods and the destination of important pilgrimages. The Sanskrit and Tibetan names given to some of these mountains often indicate that they are something more than just a crystallized mass of rocks. Mt. Kailash is considered so sacred that the route to it is given in the Hindu scriptures. Each mountain has a specific name : Annapurna, the Giver of Life; Chomolungma, the Goddess Mother of the Earth (the Tibetan name for Mt. Everest); Nanda Devi, the Mother Goddess. The Siachen glacier is called the Great Rose because of the wild roses thriving at one end. In this Book the author takes the reader on a panoramic journey across these ranges, to document (both verbally and visually) the feats of courageous mountaineers who have braved heavy odds to Scale these heights, or the curious codes and customs that influence those who live here. The Account is accompanied by stunning visuals, some of which are being published for the first time.