Find out if there was a reason that James Hilton, the British author of 1933 novel Lost Horizon chose the Himalayas as the location for the place called Shangri-La as the mythical utopia. In his novel, Shangri-La was an earthly paradise, a permanently happy land where people stayed young for a hundred years. Do you want to experience this magical land to discover why the Himalayas may be Shangri-La?
Experience the land of Shangri La:
With the Scenery
Explore the most magical landscapes and scenery on the planet. Watch the sun rise and set on the snow peaks that can light up in millions of different colors. There are numerous sites where you can enjoy the beauty. One of these is the legendary Valley of Flowers of National Park. It will seem like a glimpse of Shangri La.
Take one of the world’s best hike
Enjoy walking in Nepal since the Himalayas cover the whole country and is one of the world’s premier hiking destinations. Next hop over to the many unspoiled regions India, especially in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh. There are many options from easy day hikes to rigorous multi-day hikes at the Annapurna Circuit trek, which takes you through some of the most remote places in the rooftop of the world. This will give you a Shangri La experience.
Visit of the renowned spiritual center
Since the Himalayas are considered as a sacred region, there are sacred places, temples, ashrams, and pilgrimage routes from one end to the other, including the foothills. Some sacred places include: the Hindu god Lord Shiva is said to live above Mount Kailash, which is now in Tibet and the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh, lies in the foothills of the mountains. It may even open a window to Shangri La.
Immerse yourself Natural Resources
All nature lovers will relish the rugged, remote, and generally inaccessible Himalayas. It may be another Shangri La experience since the region is an almost pristine environment. One of the best stops along your journey is the Great Himalayan National Park situated in Himachal Pradesh, India
Encounter the Snow Leopard
The final Shangri La is experience is the wonder of the snow leopard. One of the most elusive wild animals in the world. If you’re a true animal lover, this beautiful creature should be on your bucket list.
Finally, to ready yourself for your grand adventure, read a novel.
Here’s a good one for your trip of a lifetime.
Michael Palin tackles the full length of the Himalaya in this terrific number one bestseller.
Having risen to the challenge of seas, poles, dhows, and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin. In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in 6 months of hard travelling Palin takes on the full length of the Himalaya including the Khyber Pass, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, ancient cities like Peshawar and Lahore, the mighty peaks of K2, Annapurna and Everest, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo-Burmese border and the vast Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh.
Facing altitudes as high as 17,500 feet as well as some of the world’s deepest gorges, Palin also passed through political flashpoints like Pakistan’s remote north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir and the mountains of Nagaland, only recently open to visitors.
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