Himalayan India

What makes the Himalayas one of the most magical places on Earth? It helps that they’re the loftiest mountains in the world, and are home to 10 of the planet’s 14 highest peaks. The views are breath-taking, the scale of the landscape colossal, and the sense of adventure virtually unending. But the Himalayas also nurture their own rich cultures, communities, and sense of spirituality. Pique your curiosity with these 15 stunning shots of Himalayan India.

1. The Himalayas are full of magic, mystery, and some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth.

Himalayan India

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2. Trek through the Himalayas, and you’re sure to come across strands of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

Himalayan India | Prayer Flags

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3. That rainbow palette extends to the trucks that wend their way through the high mountain passes.

Himalayan India | Truck

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4. Nanda Devi is the highest mountain located entirely within India—and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

Himalayan India | Nanda Devi

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5. The blue waters of this river in Ladakh make for a startling contrast with the surrounding landscape.

Himalayan India | River

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6. But the Himalayas are home to sizeable cities, too: like Leh, located in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.

Himalayan India | Leh

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7. It’s one of Himalayan India’s most spectacular sights: Darjeeling, with Kanchenjunga—the third tallest mountain on Earth—in the distance.

Himalayan India | Darjeeling

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8. Brace yourself: many of the Himalayas’ mountainous roads require steely nerves and strong stomachs.

Himalayan India | Mountain Road

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9. The Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand has been an important holy site since the 8th century.

Himalayan India | Kedarnath

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10. The Maitreya Buddha statue—located near the Diskit Monastery in the Nubra Valley—stands at an impressive 32 metres tall.

Himalayan India | Nubra Valley

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11. To really take in the Himalayas’ colossal scale, an aerial perspective is just the ticket.

Himalayan India | Flight

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12. Pashmina goats call the Himalayas home—and are famous for producing luxurious cashmere wool.

Himalayan India | Pashmina Goats

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13. On cloudless days, you’ll be rewarded by incredible sun-lit vistas.

Himalayan India | Sunrise

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14. If you spot an elusive snow leopard in the wild, it’s your lucky day (provided you don’t get too close).

Himalayan India | Snow Leopard

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15. This sign doesn’t lie: for many, Himalayan India truly is paradise.

Himalayan India | Paradise

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