The unique way in which the Himalayas has taken its shape continues to baffle onlookers. The clues to the answer lie at your feet. The story of the building of the Himalayas goes back to about 65 million years ago when the sea transformed into a land as a result of the collision between the Indian plate and Eurasian Plate. India is still moving north at a rate of about 5 centimetres a year, and each year the rocky summits of the Himalayas are a millimetre higher.
This photograph was taken near Khardung La, one of the highest motorable road on Earth (18380 feet). The photograph shows both the beauty and the horrors of the mountain. The winter here is brutal. The snow can bring down even a fully loaded military truck!
Follow me @shravanregretiyer. In the next three weeks we will explore the beauty and the fragility of life and the power of most inhospitable mountains on Earth, ‘The Himalayas’.