(Last Updated on : 03/05/2013)
Pristine, serene, unruffled and majestic, the Indian mountain ranges have all the qualities to bewitch, mesmerise and enthrall. With the swaying snow peaks, lofty crests, emerald meadows blessed with the lush fruit laden valleys, the Indian mountain ranges evokes spirituality and sanctity. India begins with the dynamic area of the northern mountain terrain varying from arid mountains in the far north, to the lake country and then to the evergreen forests near Srinagar and Jammu.
The nine colossal mountain ranges of India make the Indian subcontinent an important place whilst providing ample opportunity for eco-tourism and trekking. However, apart from being scenic wonders of the country and being ecologically useful, the mountain ranges of India, also acts as the natural barriers.
India is divided from the other Asian countries, by the huge mountain ranges, known as the Himalayas. Extending from the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the west to the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the east, the Himalaya mountain range of India is reckoned as the “Abode of Snow”. This mountain range of India with its pristine splendour has fascinated people since the remote past. The Hindu pilgrim routes, the low valleys, the adorable trekking hikes and the pea green forests of the Himalayan mountain range of India since ages have augmented the tourist quotient.
The Karakoram mountain range spanning the borders between Pakistan, China, and India towards the extreme north of India is other important mountain ranges of India. Be it to feel the very beat of nature or to witness the quiet sundown at the hill stations, the mountain ranges of India are present there with their sheer magnificence.
The Kunlun mountain range of India running eastwards along the northern part of Kashmir and the Tibetan plateau, defines the word tranquility amidst its sepia luster. Another important mountain range of India is the Shiwalik or the lower Himalayas consisting of smaller hills, many of India's hill stations are located on this range. However, to witness the tawny brilliance of Indian mountain ranges and to experience the rich- red ruddy illumination of the setting sun complementing with the mahogany patina of the peaks, the Aravalli Range is indeed an important place to visit. Considered as one of the oldest mountain range of India, running from northeast to southwest across Rajasthan in western India, Aravalli range bewitches all.
The mountains ranges of India, tucked along side India's eastern border with Myanmar, are called as the Patkai or the Purvanchal Mountain ranges. Running across most of the central part of India, the Vindhya mountain range ideally divides the Indian subcontinent. Not just the soaring peaks, the mountain ranges of India also comprises the hilly array of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats.