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On Mar 16th, the aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research released the first ultra high definition footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.

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Five basic facts every child must know about the mighty Himalayas ..

  1. Himalayas, literally meaning "the abode of snow" in Sanksrit.
  2. It is home to nine of the ten highest peaks in the world, world's highest being the Mount Everest. 
  3. The Himalayas span five countriesIndiaNepalBhutanChina (Tibet), and Pakistan, with the first three countries having sovereignty over most of the range.
  4. The Himalayas form an integral part of the Hindu mythology and holds high significance in Buddhism as well.
  5. The mighty ranges-
  • From West to East, the Himalayas stretch for about 1,550 miles (2,500 km) between Nanga Parbat (26,660 feet/ 8,126 metres), in the Pakistani-administered portion of the Kashmir region, and Namcha Barwa Peak (25,445 feet/ 7,756 metres), in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China
  • From South to North, their width varies between 125 and 250 miles (200 and 400 km). Their total area amounts to about 230,000 square miles (595,000 square km).

Did you know?

  • The first known Himalayan sketch map of some accuracy was drawn up in 1590 by Antonio Monserrate, a Spanish missionary to the court of the Mughal emperor Akbar. 
  • Mount Everest was first labelled as peak 'H' by early surveyors. By 1850 it was named as peak XV, in 1865 it was finally renamed after Sir George Everest who was the surveyor general of India at the time.
  • In 1852, when the computations sufficiently advanced, it was realized that Peak XV, as Mt. Everest was then referred, was higher than any other peak in the world.
  • Mt Everest was first successfully scaled in May 1953 by the New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa partner Tenzing Norgay
(Source: Encyclopedia Britanicca)

We say ..

Numerous documentaries have been presented to the world on the magnificent Himalayas in recent years. The study and explorations of its hefty heights dates even further back. As technology advances, more and more of similar videos will continue to entice the explorers among us to conquer the majestic ranges. At the very least, these will continue to function as educational tools and in keeping our interest and pride alive. Meanwhile, since our roots are from the roots of the Himalayas, it is our duty to tell our kids the stories of the great ranges woven in our mythologies, of the yogis who performed death-defying penance, of the rishis who were blessed with boons from the Gods upon meditating in the lap of the snow for several years. Of course, we have to mix in the facts and the history of the mighty ranges during their bedtime story time as well.

Before we forget, we congratulate the Teton Gravity Research for giving us this next- level awe-inspiring view of our striking snow covered mountain ranges and are thankful to them for allowing us to share this treasure with our readers.

What do you say?

Do you have a story from the mythologies relating to the mighty Himalayas? If so, do share it with us- right here or at desideewar@gmail.com

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