Himalayas (Himalaya): photos,images, pictures

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Himalayas: Photos, Images, Pictures. India, Nepal

Himalayas: photos,images, pictures. And this is wall-painting from Nepal
Himalayas, foothills. Nepal, Chitwan National Park. Wall-painting in old house

Himalayan ferry. (Across the Trisuli river). Pictures of Himalaya

View of Himalayas from the airplane

Himalayas maps
Himalaya map  

Indian Himalaya

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The Himalayas is a massive mountain system in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from Tibet. Himalaya is the home to the world's highest peaks and the highest of them is the Mount Everest, 8848 m.Himalaya, due to their large size and expanse, have been a natural barrier to the movement of people for tens thousands years. This has prevented intermingling of people from the Indian subcontinent with people from China and Mongolia, causing significantly different languages and customs between these regions. The Himalayas have also prevented military expeditions - Genghis Khan could not expand his empire into India.
Several places in the Himalaya are of religious significance in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. There are very many of the important religious places in the Himalayas and there were over 6,000 monasteries in Tibet!
Many mystic entities are associated with the Himalayas. For instance, Shambhala is a very famous mystical town. It is one of 24 Himalayan hidden realms in Vajrayana Buddhism. Some legends believe  Shambhala is a real town where secret Buddhist doctrines are being saved, other legends consider that it is in the mental realm only and does not physically exist.
In any case, Himalaya is a very interesting place, like nothing on earth.
Travelling around the mountains can be somewhat hard, but Himalaya is surely worth a visit!

Himalayan aerial tramway (or ferry?). The Trisuli river. Pictures of Himalaya
Nepal, Himalayas, the Trizuli river

View of Himalayas from the airplane

I now present to you some of my photos of Himalayas. Among them are many photos of Nepal - the very Himalayan country. In the future, going to add many images else - I have a lot of them.

For example:
Russian Winter, photos
Nepal. Photos

The 6,000-kilometre journey of the Indian Plate before its collision with Eurasian Plate (Asia) about 10 million years ago.

The Himalaya is one of the youngest mountain ranges on the planet. According to the theory of plate tectonics, the Himalayas formation is a result of a continental collision or orogeny along the convergent boundary between the Eurasian Plate and the Indo-Australian Plate.

About 70 million years ago the north-moving Indo-Australian plate (which has subsequently broken into the Indian Plate and the Australian plate) was moving at about 15 cm per year. About 50 million years ago this fast moving Indo-Australian plate had completely closed the Tethys Ocean. Since both plates were composed of low density continental crust, they were thrust faulted and folded into mountain ranges Himalayas. This process is illustrated that the summit of Mount Everest is made of marine limestone from this ancient ocean.

Nowadays, the Indian plate continues to drive at the Tibetan Plateau, which forces the plateau to continue to move upwards. The Indian plate is still moving at 67 mm per year, and over the next 10 million years it will travel about 1,500 km into Asia. About 20 mm per year of the India-Asia convergence is absorbed by thrusting along the Himalaya southern front. This leads to the Himalayas rising by about 5 mm per year. The movement of the Indian plate into the Asian plate makes this region seismically active, leading to earthquakes.

Sexual and erotic sculpture photo Khajuraho the Temple of Love. India

Panoramic view of Langtang Range in Nepal. Photo by Sudan Shrestha