The Mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas and Mount Everest


There are a few moments in my life that have taken my breath away and seeing the Himalayas for the first time protruding through the clouds on board my Indigo flight to Srinagar definitely ranks high up there on life changing moments.


To witness one of the most fascinating natural wonders of the world was just mesmerizing. With each passing moment, the landscape changed, and the clouds gave way to the rugged snow caped peaks standing firm in the distance. They where close on being eye level - and if I could stick my hand out the plane window, I could surely touch them. I am not surprised why the Nepali refer to the highest peak as Sagarmatha - the "Goddess of the Universe" or "Forehead of the Sky". To see it so close was a privilege.

It is the worlds tallest and longest mountain range spanning 2400km across 6 countries (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Afghanistan and Pakistan).

I have put together this list of a few fascinating facts about the worlds most unique mountain range that holds interesting world records, home to distinct cultures and geographical marvels, along with a few of the images I snapped over my two flights.


 

1. It is the Highest Mountain range in the world.

The Himalayas cover about 0.4 percent of the surface area of the Earth. It has 30 peaks that tower over 8000m, and Mount Everest and K2 are amongst the highest.