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Himalaya Mountains

***** Location: Indian Subcontinent
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
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The majestic Himalayan Mountains!

On the road to Keylong!

I hope we will collect a lot of haiku about them!

Gabi Greve


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The Himalayas, also Himalaya,
( Sanskrit, him (snow) + ālaya (dwelling), literally, "abode of the snow" is a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

The Himalayan range is home to the planet's highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. The Himalayas include over a hundred mountains exceeding 7,200 metres (23,600 ft) in elevation. By contrast, the highest peak outside Asia – Aconcagua, in the Andes – is 6,961 metres (22,838 ft) tall.
The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia. Many Himalayan peaks are sacred in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


This village hangs on a mountain ridge over the city of Dharamsala, far in north India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is beautiful, cool, and as the center of the Tibetan Government in Exile a constant source of travelers, tourists, and those on religious sojourn. Above it are enclaves of beautiful town homes and villas that are reminiscent of Switzerland. It is a perfect place for your “mountain retreat home.”


The pride of every Indian – the dream of every trekker – the great Himalayas has kindled our imagination in every possible way - in all art forms.
Rishikesh, Bandrinath, Kedarnath, Manasa Sarovar, Mt. Kailash, Nanda Devi and other holy places, deeply embedded in India’s heart-beat are situated in these great mountains.

India is a land of stories - Katha . . . which is evident in our epics - Ramayana and the Mahabharata. As children we have grown up on these tales of heroism and valour …. of fantasy and family bondage.

Kala Ramesh


there behind a fog expect
severe mountains

- Shared by Gennady Nov -
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013


The Ganga — called the Bhagirathi at Uttarkashi — flows down the Himalayan range. We hear her through the day and through the night. We're staying in a small cottage, up somewhere hidden amongst the trees.

The owner is a middle-aged man who was brought up in these hills. He learnt mountaineering as a young child from his father, before it became a professional course in colleges, he proudly claims. He tells us that there is a Sanskrit quote which talks about the Ganga playing hide and seek with the mountains—here now, gone the next moment into a crevice, only to appear far away, continuing with her water song.

from the horizon
the rhythm of waves—
Stray Birds

Read the haibun by Kala Ramesh
source : haibuntoday.com

Gangotri (Hindi: गंगोत्री)
is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. It is on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,100m.
Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga,
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

. River Ganges, Mother Ganga .


Peaks of Punjab Himalaya

Punjab is a region in South Asia shared by India and Pakistan. Most of the Punjab is an alluvial plain, bounded by mountains to the North. The high peaks are accessible from Rawalpindi, Pakistan or from Srinagar, India. Srinagar is the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, which has long been a popular resort area because of its relatively temperate climate in an otherwise torrid region. The highest peaks of this region are Nanga Parbat (26658 ft./8125 m) and the towering twin summits of Nunkun.

•Gumburanjo - 17388 ft./5300 m.
•Lal Qil'ah - 20830 ft./6349 m.
•Leo Pargial - 22362 ft./6816 m.
•Mount Debachen - 20554 ft./6265 m.
•Mun Peak - 15256 ft./4650 m.
•Nanga Parbat - 26658 ft./8125 m.
•Nun Kun - 23410 ft./7135 m.
source : www.peakware.com

. India Saijiki : Punjab INTRODUCTION .

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Things found on the way

A Haibun by Kala Ramesh
August 2006


caught unaware-
the thickness of rain
on the road

I see her pack the bare minimum . . . "I don't need more, Ma," she says emphatically. "I need to carry that load, you understand?"

It's a Himalayan trek of 12 days; you need to take some medicines-- some energy food. What do you think the organizers will provide?

She keeps packing--almost nothing

I get a call from her from the base camp at Kulu Manali. In spite of bad connectivity, I can sense her excitement. She's at 4,500 ft. "It's tough; I hope I have the will-power," she says haltingly.

Next, she calls from 11,000 ft. "Ma, I'm holding snow in my hands."
"Ho!" She says casually, "It's just like our freezer box!"

She calls from 13, 500 ft. "Ma, we've reached Saurkundi Pass. From here I can see the highest peak of the Himalayas. I've climbed 13,500 ft. above sea level, Ma. It's snow everywhere."

She calls from 8,000 ft. "Ma, we slid down the snow. It was such fun that five of us climbed up again to slide down once more!"

I see the great Himalayas through her eyes.

mango moon--
a squirrel's half eaten fruit
nestles in the earth

First appeared in Simply Haiku - Autumn 06


whiff of clouds
in my morning tea ~
Himalayan summer

Himalayan valley ~
another mountain grows
autumn clouds ~

Narayanan Raghunathan


Himalayan peaks
Jagged, smooth, twinned, all unique.
Like people who trek.

Read a great photo journal about a Himalaya trip
by Karen Rusiniak


great mountains . . .
stand in lofty heights

Kala Ramesh


Himalayan Foothills -
the Dalai Lama
within hand's reach

Gabi Greve, McLeoud Ganj, 1979
(at the performance of the Tibetan opera in his honour, when we had the opportunity to sit just one row below His Holiness.)

prayer flags
in thin air
trembling lips in worship

prayer wheels
in wrinkled hands -
Himalayan bus ride

Parts of the Indian Himalaya are inhabited by Tibetan tribes, for example Ladakh and Lahaul.
I remember a pass of more than 5000 meters, climbed slowly by a weak old bus full of local people with prayer wheels ratteling ... and we all made it safely down to the other side of the moon ...

Gabi Greve, Keylong, November 1979

Keylong is located on a fertile plain and is a place to break the journey from Leh to Manali. Keylong is the capital of Lahaul & Spiti.


falling snow flakes
ready to melt
in my open arms

© Photo and Haiku : N.K.SINGH, India, 2006


Haiku about Ladakh

Pacsoo's haibun ON TOP OF THE WORLD, where the writer ends a brilliant piece of sustained prose about a visit to Ladakh with the following haiku:

Flour blows where we
can't go towards mountains
which guard Tibet



This one was born during a trip in Ladakh:

temple drums
small children play
with a bottle



source : Buddha Bless You - facebook
Phugtal Monastery in Ladakh

temples on the cliff
endure rain and wind -
hundreds of years

- Shared by Hideo Suzuki -
Joys of Japan, September 2012


Ladakh is a tribal region in Kashmir,
a cold desert surrounded in snow covered peaks. Barren, ragged passes, where, over the years, the wind has given strange shapes even to stones. The dust colored wind swept mountains can be mistaken as huge dunes of sand.

Not a soul would come in sight even after days of travelling. Across the passes, its a cold, frozen world. A few miles from the mighty Tanglang La pass, there is More Plains, a huge expanse of lush green grass, a wonder hidden in itself.

Last June, on my way to Leh, I stopped the jeep there for a while.

Wild horses were nibbling on the lush grass, running around in a frezny. Nearby, some young monks were moving around. In a small crooked corner of a huge boulder, a middleaged monk was sitting, meditating on his prayer wheel, eyes open, and a smiling face. It was a strange but beautiful way of meditaion.

He told us that the wheel's called "Khorlo" and the buddhist mantra, "om mani padme hum" is engraved around it. He again started meditating. The prayer wheel emits a harsh, but captivating low frequency sound. As we sat, the sun was setting behind us, the mighty brick colored mountain above was glowing a bright red in its fading light. The plain was being covered in patterns of light and shade........!

whistling wind
the evening slides from under
the horses hooves

- Shared by Ajay Pal Singh Gill -
Joys of Japan, 2012

Festivals in Ladakh, all are KIGO
The Ladakh Times  


Haiku about Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash (also Mount Kailas) is a peak in the Gangdisê Mountains, which are part of the Trans-Himalayas in Tibet, it is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva and a place of eternal bliss.
The mountain lies near Lake Manasarowar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet.

in the eternal silence
whispers wind

Sarbjot Singh Behl

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Gabi Greve said...

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Gabi Greve said...

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Pinkou said...

Tourism is destroying the Himalayas as I once knew, scarring her forever. Organised treks have made the inaccessable, easy to dig, tear, burn or to trample on.
Read more Tourism in Himalayas