Every time I go to the mountains, I feel like I discover something new about them that I had never experienced before. There is never a moment of repetition or boredom upon travelling to the mountains. The enigma and aura keep pulling me in, showing me something new and fresh that instantly captures my heart.
Mountains to me are a promise of an adventure, a soothing touch for my aching bones and an ever-changing mystery that will keep me glued forever. Mountains have so many layers of beauty that I always feel like staying on wherever I am at a particular time. Our country is blessed with 7 magnificent mountain ranges which are worth seeing in a lifetime for sure!
Reason to Travel to these Mountain Ranges
From the Himalayan Mountains to the lush Western Ghats and the Aravalli range to the Eastern Ghats, India is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges on all sides. Each of these ranges have distinctly different scenic beauty, climates and atmospheres and thus they have very unique surprises in store for visitors.
Each of these mountain ranges have a multitude of famous hill stations that people flock to from all over the world like Kashmir, Nainital, Sikkim, Shimla, Dalhousie in the Himalayan range, Ooty in the Western Ghats, Mount Abu and Udaipur in the Aravallis and Vishakhapatnam in the Eastern Ghats. However, for those who do not enjoy travelling to crowded tourist spots, there are several other off-beat locations strewn all over the mountains that have raw appeal of their own.
List of 7 Major Mountain Ranges in India
- Himalayan Mountain Ranges
- Aravalli Range
- Western Ghats
- Eastern Ghats
- Satpura and Vindhya
- Karakoram and Pir Panjal
In order to enjoy the best of each mountain range it is important to know its speciality and the amazing things that can be experienced there. You might be very confused and in a dilemma about your vacation plans. Therefore this detailed guide of the list of major mountain ranges in India is a good way to figure out where you should plan your next trip.
1. Himalayan Mountain Ranges
The youngest mountain range in India still packs a powerful punch, covering most of the north and with popular locations such as Kulu, Manali, Dehradun and lots more. The gorgeous view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the highest peak of Himalaya in India is a major draw as are the plethora of trekking, rafting and mountaineering opportunities for seasoned adventure junkies.
2. Aravalli Range
India’s oldest mountain range is majorly concentrated in Rajasthan and offers a brilliant landscape that is a photographer’s dream! The Aravallis are home to several birds and animals and add to the exotic flavour of Rajasthan.
3. Western Ghats
Think some of the loveliest waterfalls and rivers. Think lush natural greenery and a whiff of romance. The Western Ghats is pleasant and soothing round the year with beautiful valleys, peaks and tropical rainforests in its fold. It is truly a sight for sore eyes.
4. Eastern Ghats
Green fields, coffee plantations, high peaks, caves and waterfalls make for a pretty sight strewn across the Eastern Ghats. This is traversed by the rivers Kaveri, Mahanadi, Godavari and Krishna among others and also offers ample scope for adventure sports. The famous Araku Valley in Vishakhapatnam is a part of this mountain range.
5. Satpura and Vindhya
Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are dotted with these mountain ranges along with parts of Central India and other surrounding States. The beautiful landscapes are a major attraction with some popular locations being Panchmarhi, the Kanha National Park and Amarkantak.
An extension of the Himalayas to many, the Purvanchal range encompasses the Jaintia, Garo and Khasi Hills, traversing throughout north-east India. This range is covered by forests, valleys and charming tea gardens, making for a spectacular sight.
7. Karakoram and Pir Panjal
Imposing and hard to traverse, these ranges boast of the world’s second highest peak, K2. The climate is tough with barren terrain. The Biafo and Siachen glaciers are a part of these mountain ranges while rivers such as Jhelum, Ravi and Chenab flow through them. Extreme trekking and mountaineering are the key attractions here.
Experience the best that Nature has to offer
Due to several efforts made by the Government and local authorities, most of these ranges can be accessed quite easily by cars and thus travelling is not an issue at all. Although some roads might be more daunting than the others, yet the exquisite views and scenic beauty are worth all the pain.
It is best to travel to these ranges in the months of October to April since the weather is mostly comfortable and the skies are clear, enabling travellers to view mountain ranges quite clearly. As I always say to myself, proper planning is a must for visiting any mountain range along with making adequate preparations for trekking alongside. And of course, a trip to the mountains is incomplete without lovely strolls, views of floating clouds and delectable local cuisine!
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