The Himalayas, or Himalaya (), form a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.
The Himalayan range has many of the Earth's highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. The Himalayas include over fifty mountains exceeding 7,200 metres (23,600 ft) in elevation, including ten of the fourteen 8,000-metre peaks. By contrast, the highest peak outside Asia (Aconcagua, in the Andes) is 6,961 metres (22,838 ft) tall.
The Himalayas are inhabited by 52.7 million people and are spread across five countries: Nepal, India, Bhutan, China and Pakistan. Some of the world's major rivers—the Indus, the Ganges and the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra—rise in the Himalayas, and their combined drainage basin is home to roughly 600 million people. The Himalayas have a profound effect on the climate of the region, helping to keep the monsoon rains on the Indian plain and limiting rainfall on the Tibetan plateau. The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the cultures of the Indian subcontinent; many Himalayan peaks are sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of Darjeeling district, in the Shivalik Hills on the lower range of the Himalaya, at an average elevation of 2,134 m (6,982 ft). The name "Darjeeling" is a combination of the Tibetan words Dorje ("thunderbolt") and ling ("place"), translating to "The land of the thunderbolt." During the British Raj in India, Darjeeling's temperate climate led to its development as a hill station (hill town) for British residents to escape the heat of the plains during the summers. Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tea plantations date back to the mid 1800s as part of a British development of the area. The tea growers of the area developed distinctive hybrids of black tea and fermenting techniques, with many blends considered among the world's finest. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connecting the town with the plains was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the few steam engines still in service in India. Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract students from many parts of India and neighbouring countries. The town, along with neighbouring Kalimpong was a major centre for the demand of a separate Gorkhaland state in the 1980s, though the separatist movement has gradually decreased over the past decade due to the setting up of an autonomous hill council. In the recent years the town's fragile ecology is threatened by a rising demand for environmental resources, stemming from growing tourist traffic and poorly planned urbanisation. (more...)
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|Pangong Tso the largest Himalayan lake located at an altitude of 4,600 m.
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Highest peaks of the Himalayas
||Other names and meaning
||Sagarmatha -"One whose forehead is in the skies",
Chomolangma or Qomolangma -"Mother of the Universe"
||World's highest mountain Located in Nepal(Around China Border.). Till 2010 A.D., about 2305 people, total of 5501 times, from 20 different countries have climbed Mt. Everest.
||World's 2nd highest. Located in Pakistan. World's toughest mountain to climb.
||World's 3rd highest. Located in Nepal.
||World's 4th highest and close to Mt Everest. Located in Nepal(Around China Border.).
||World's 5th highest. Located in Nepal(Around China Border.)
||World's 6th highest. Located in Nepal(Around China Border.)
||World's 7th highest. Located in Nepal.
||Kutang - "Mountain of the Spirit"
||World's 8th highest. Located in Nepal.
||Nangaparbat Peak or Diamir, "Naked Mountain"
||World's 9th highest. Located in Pakistan. Considered one of the world's most dangerous mountains to climb.
||"Goddess of the Harvests"
||World's 10th highest. Located in Nepal.
||Hidden Peak (Khumbu Gangri) or K5
||World's 11th highest. Located in Pakistan.
||K3 (Phalchen Gangri)
||World's 12th highest. Located in Pakistan.
||World's 13th highest. Located in Pakistan.
||"Crest above the grassy plains"
Gosainthan -Sanskrit for "place of the saint",
||Popular climbing peak.