Category: Himalayas

Mount Everest – Highest mountain in the world

Climbing Mount Everest puts you at the top of the world. Learn the facts about climbing Mount Everest. 

The lowest temperature on the peak is -40°C (-40°F); with wind chill -60°C (-76°F)!

Coldest month: February — average -27°C (-17°F) over 7,500m

Warmest month: August — average -20°C (-4°F) over 7,500m

Snow line: From 5,300m (17,400 ft) there’s snow and ice all year.

The death zone in mountaineering is above 8,000m (26,000 ft), where oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life (25% that of sea level). 844m of Everest is in the death zone.

Mount Everest. The tallest mountain in the world soars almost five and a half miles into the sky and pierces the jet stream with its iconic summit. Mount Everest, known as the highest mountain in the world, Everest stretches along the border of Nepal and Tibet/China in southern Asia. It is  29,035 feet above sea level. It was formed the same way as the rest of the Himalayas. The climate in Mt. Everest is so extreme that your body starts to shut down if you start to reach the top. There are many people who have attempted to climb to the peak of Everest, and some who have made it all the way.

The best time to go is from late April to early June, and late September to early November, as there is little rain and snow, and daytime temperatures are above freezing.

Everest, like the rest of the Himalayas, ascended from the floor of the ancient Tethys Sea. The whole mountain range originated when the Eurasian continental plate clashed with the Indian sub continental plate around 30 to 50 million years ago. The mountain is covered with glaciers that fall from the main peak and its nearby smaller peaks.

To enter Tibet you need a Tibet Entry Permit, and to visit Mount Everest you need an Aliens’ Travel Permit. You are not allowed to apply for the permits by yourself and you can’t travel Tibet without a tour guide. You need to find a travel agency to help you arrange it.

It is pyramid shaped and has three massive faces and three major ridges, which rise to the summit from the north, south, and west and separate the glaciers. The main glaciers are the Kangshung glacier, the Rongbuk glacier, West Rongbuk glacier, the East Rongbuk glacier, and the Khumbu glacier. Naturally, the climate at Mount Everest is fanatically cold. The summit temperature ranges from -33 ºF to -76 ºF in January. Although Mt Everest is the highest mountain on Earth above sea level, its summit is only the 5th farthest from the Earth’s centre. Because the Earth bulges at the equator, mountains such as Mt Chimborazo in Ecuador have summits that are farther away.

Largest group to climb Everest: a 410-member Chinese team in 1975.

The summit temperature never rises above freezing. The harsh western winds blow around the summit and against the peak in winter and spring. From June through September, the mountain lies in the deadly way of the Indian monsoons in which time violent snowstorms are common. From November through February, the summit is struck with hurricane winds that may reach more than 177 miles per hour. At 28,250 feet, there is only 30% of the oxygen there is at sea level, so the body starts shutting down.In 1865, The Royal Geographical Society gave Mt Everest its English name in honor of George Everest, a Welsh surveyor who was the British Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. The mountain has other names in languages such as Nepali and Tibetan

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Philosopher India – A step towards Myth discovery

The Kinner Kailash – At the height of 6500 meters

The Kinnaur Kailash ( known as Kinner Kailash) is a mountain in the Kinnaur district of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh. The Kinnaur Kailash has a height of 6500 meters and is considered as sacred by both Hindu and Buddhist . This mountain is sometimes confused with the Mount Kailash in Tibet. ‘Kinner Kailash’ is considered winter residence of Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva conduct a meeting of all Devi-Devtas on Kinner Kailash Top in  month of January. The Trekking to Kinner Kailash Starts from July end to August. On the time of Janmashtmi 10 days special arrangement are made for food and shelter on the top.

The benefit of nutshell or Rudraksh

What is the benefit in a nutshell or Rudraksha?

The wear gets all kinds of success in life

The user gets benefit of the positive planetary influence.

The wear becomes very respectable in the society and become popular

It brings immense knowledge, wealth, power and command over people.

Kalpeshwar – Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva

Kalpeshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at an elevation of 2,200 m in the picturesque Urgam valley in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India.This tree is believed to fulfill all the wishes of a person. There is a cave temple situated at height of 2134 mtr and Shiva is worshiped here in his matted hair form. Kalpeshwar is surrounded by dense woods and also terraced fields that lie in the Urgam valley.

It is the fifth temple of the Panch Kedars (five temples of Lord Shiva) and is the only temple out of five that is accessible throughout the year.At Kalpeshwarm, the matted hair or Jata of lord Shiva are the object of worship and because of this, Lord Shiva, is also called Jatadhari and Jateshwar.

The Power of Meditation – Mantra Siddhi

The Viswanath Temple

The Viswanath Temple is the most important and ancient holy shrine in this region. Of the many temples in Uttarakhand, the temple of Lord Vishwanath is dedicated to Lors Shiva, the presiding deity of this temple, is worshipped all day here. Every evening, visitors are greeted by the sound of bells, and the chanting of mantras by pundits at the puja.Within the courtyard of the Vishwanath temple, and to the front of it, is the Shakti Temple, dedicated to the goddess of strength.

Pure Life – The Sadhu Life

India Sadhu

The Sanskrit word ‘Sadhu’ is translated into English by the word ‘mendicant’ and very rarely with another word ‘Sage’. But ‘Sadhu’ is differently meant in the revealed scriptures like Srimad Bhagwat Geeta or Srimad Bhagbatam. In the ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ the qualification of a ‘Sadhu’ is based on one’s faithfulness in the transcendental service of the Personality of Godhead. One who is firmly fixed up in the devotional service and nothing more-is called a ‘Sadhu’ and Mahatma in terms of Bhagwat Geeta. Even if a man is apt to some vicious habits which a ‘Sadhu’ must not have as part of his personal qualification, is accepted also as a ‘Sadhu’ for the only qualification of his staunch faithfulness in the service of the Personality of Godhead.

Follower’s of Shiva

kumbh baba

The term swami is more specific and usually refers to an ascetic who has been initiated into a specific religious order. In recent years, it has come to be applied particularly to monks of the Ramakrishna Mission. An ascetic who practices yoga in order to achieve his spiritual goals is a yogin or yogi.A Saivite (follower of Shiva) sadhu is generally referred to as a sannyasi or dasnami sannyasin, while a Vaisnavite (follower of Vishnu) ascetic is often called a vairagin.

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Symbols of God

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The typical Hindu ascetic (sadhu) usually wears a distinctive mark (pundra) on his forehead and often carries a symbol of his sect.

If the sadhu is a Vaishnava he might have a discus (chakra) and a conch shell (sankha), replicas of Vishnu’s flaming weapon and his instrument of beneficent power and omnipresent protection, or a salagrama stone or a tulasi plant, which represent, respectively, Vishnu’s essence and that of his spouse Laksmi.

If he is a Saiva, he might impersonate Siva and carry a trident (trisula), denoting empire and the irresistible force of transcendental reality; wear a small lingam; carry a human skull, showing that he is beyond the terror inspired by the transitoriness of the world; or smear his body with apotropaic (supposed to avert evil) and consecratory ashes. These emblems are sacred objects of worship because the divine presence, when invoked by mantras, is felt to be in them.

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The Himalayan kingdom – Leh- Ladakh

Leh, was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, is the second largest district in the country.Leh is Full of Nature & Adventures. Built by the Buddhist kings of Ladakh in 1553 the Leh Palace was once the world’s highest building. The primary attraction within the Leh city this palace is structurally similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Now only the palace prayer room lives up to the sense of former grandeur of Leh Palace.Around the first century, Ladakh was a part of the Kushana Empire. Buddhism came to western Ladakh via Kashmir in the 2nd century. Buddhism is the religion of the majority of Leh District’s population.


The most attractive features of the Landscape of Leh are the Buddhists Gompas ( Monastries). The Gompas are situated on the highest points of the mountain spurs or sprawl over cliffsides, located in vicinity of villages and provide focus for the faith of Buddhists. Gompas have a wreath of artifacts. There are also some religious places of Muslims which constitute slightly more than 15% of the district’s population.


Ladakh is a high altitude desert as the Himalayas create a rain shadow thus prohibiting the entry of monsoon clouds. The main source of water here remains the winter snowfall on the mountains that forms the glaciers. Like in the rest of the parts of the country where people pray for rain, here Ladakhis pray for the glaciers or snows to melt for irrigation and drinking purposes. Surprisingly though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes. Only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke n frostbite at the same time.

There is a religious coexistence of Buddhism and Islam, have been living in Harmony in Leh. Thus, Ladakh an ag-old tradition of cohesiveness Besides these two communities there are people living in the region who belongs to different religions like Christianity, Hinduism, and Sikhism. And they too live in harmony and forms a vital part of the society.The Christian community in Leh were converted from Tibetan Buddhism by German Moravian missionaries who first established a church in 1885.


 

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Chinmaya Tapovan

Dharamshala

Chinmaya Tapovan is a modern day ashram situated at the foothills of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas. Situated on the banks of Bindu Saras, the ashram was founded by late Swami Chimayananda. The ashram complex has a 9 m high image of Lord Hanuman, a Ram temple, a meditation hall, a school, and a health and recreation center. A nine foot high statue of My great Lord Hanuman stands at the gate, spreading his special message of loyalty and bravery. A mini forest of pine trees, which is a few hundred yards away, is a very good picnic spot with absolutely no noise around.

The Sanatan Dharma

The Monal – Beautiful Himalayan Bird