Towering above the Indian plains,
Lies the mighty Himalayan range;
Whose ecosystem is fragile and susceptible to change.
Formed as fold mountains from mere alluvium,
They’re relatively young, compared to the basaltic Gondwanaland which had existed for more than a millennium.
From the valley of Kashmir and the rainshadow region of Leh,
Perennial rivers originate and cascade their own way.
Amidst tributaries and distributaries, religious fervour at confluences,
There’s serenity at pristine locales in the high reaches;
Along with snow-capped peaks,
When illuminated by the rays of the sun at dawn, they cannot be described by any word one speaks.
From apple orchards and handicrafts,
To verdant territories and scenic rivers with rafts;
And the influence of Buddhism,
With monks, monasteries in ample;
Hardy mountain-dwellers being represented as a microcosm,
Tenzing Norgay, who made it to the summit of the highest peak on earth, is a shining example.
Truly, lakes and caves thrive in God’s abode,
Where both savage and sage aspire to visit, despite the relative absence of rail or road.