In India, the mighty mountains of the North stand high and proud. It would not be wrong to say that mountains might be nature’s way of showing us its majesty. With snow-capped peaks that we cannot look for long without arching our necks and treks that every adventurer desires to walk on, India has many peaks that will astonish you. Here we present to you the top five astonishing mountains in India:
1. Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi is the second highest peak in India. This awe-inspiring mountain lies in the Garhwal Himalayas and is one of the beautiful destinations of Uttarakhand. This mountain holds religious and cultural importance in the area and a national park incorporates this peak and the surrounding region. Due to the vulnerable ecosystem of the peak, this mountain is protected by laws. But that does not mean that the visitors cannot find solace in its beauty and charm as the peak is open for climbers to test their skills and courage.
2. Nun and Kun Twin Peaks
Also, known simply as Nun Kun, Nun and Kun mountains are two adjacent peaks in the Himalayan Range. They are situated in Jammu and Kashmir, near the city of Srinagar. These are the highest mountains in the Zanskar Himalayas here. The peaks are separated by a plateau and look like they are touching the sky when viewed from a distance. An expedition to the Nun Kun in the Suru Valley can be easily included in a travel itinerary to Jammu and Kashmir.
Located around nine miles away from the Nanda Devi mountain, Trisul is a group of three mountains. The name ‘Trisul’ comes from the trident, which is the weapon of the Hindu god Shiva. When looked from afar, the summits of these mountains look as if they stand in the shape of a Trisul. These mountains lie in the Kumaon region of the great Himalayas. The three peaks include Trisul I, Trisul II, and Trisul III, of which Trisul I is the highest at the height of 7120 meters.
Six kilometers towards south from the religious site of Gaumukh lies the stunning Shivling peak. This two summit peak is situated in the Garhwal Himalayan range in the group of the Gangotri mountains. Its name refers to the Shiva Linga which is an abstract representation of Lord Shiva in Hinduism. Though this mountain is extremely difficult to climb because of its steep uphill terrain, it is quite popular among mountain climbers looking for thrill and adventure.
5. Thalay Sagar
The Thalay Sagar Peak is situated in Uttarakhand towards the south of the Gangotri Glacier. The peak is a stunning example of natural magnificence that is bestowed upon India. This peak is a part of the famous Garhwal Himalayas and is known for its dramatically steep and high climb. An expedition to this mountain is a prized and rewarding experience to the mountaineers because of the difficulties and dangers of the climb. Kedartal lake which lies at the foot of this mountain provides an incredible view of this peak.
Whether you are a tourist looking to explore the beauty of nature by feasting your eyes on these peaks, or an adventurer seeking peaks to climb in India, these mountains ought to make you feel thrilled and enthusiastic. The astonishing beauty of these peaks and the surrounding areas will provide you with a respite and relaxation from the concrete jungles that our lives revolve around. Whether you find yourself in search of a peaceful vacation or an adventure, these peaks can provide you with both.
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Rohit Agarwal is a freelance travel writer. He lives for the thrill and uncertainty of travels and considers himself an avid globetrotter. His writings have been published across several platforms, both online and in print. He also publishes his thoughts and experiences on TransIndiaTravels.com.