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Nagadhiraj  Himalaya   A Review  of  the  Indian  Himalayan         
                                                                       by Harish Kapadia


About the auther:- Mr Harish Kapadia is a veteran Mountaineer & writer.This was one of the earliest Himalyan travel recorded in the Indian range.This article is based on 40 years of personal mountaineering experience of the auther in the indian Himalayan. Courtesy:- Yojana

                                                                                                               Though a lot has been done in the Indian Himalaya in the last Millennium, a lot remains to be done. After all what is a 100 years for the Nagadhiraj Himalaya, standing there for centuries. We must Pledge to know more about the range and protect it.

                                                                                                                                                      " In the northern direction there is a noble souled mountain called the Himalaya He is Nagadhiraj, the Lord of all mountains, with his two  extending arms fathoming the eastern and western oceans He stands unsurpassed as the measuring rod of the earth ''                                                                    Kalidas   in   Kumarsambhava


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                                          Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh)

The Himalayan range, onwards from Garhwal, takes a north- westerly turn. It enters what is loosely called the western Himalaya. Immediately to the north are the valleys of Kinnaur. This is where Rudyard Kipling sent his agent-boy Kim, in the book of the same title. Travelling on the Hindustan-Tibet road, now motorable, he exclaimed, 'this is no place for man '. The bungalow at Kalpa was a favorite haunt of Lord Dalhousie. He drew plans for the Indian Railways sitting in front of Jorkanden peak under the pines. A most unlikely place to think of when you sit in an express  train in Bombay!

Amongst mountaineers Marco Pallis comes to mind when one mentions Kinnaur. He climbed Leo Pargial in 1933 and wrote a wonderful book,    Peaks and Lamas. Several peaks here have attracted mountaineers-]orkanden, Gang Chua and Rangrik Rang- highest of the Racho group. It was on the last peak that Chris Bonington celebrated the arrival of his sixtieth birthday. The Indian-British expedition was led by Chris and me. The peak was climbed in style with everyone enjoying the effort. We played cricket at base camp. Needless to say we Indians defeated the English team at their game-for we had the porters fielding for us.                                                                                        Next page

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