India has a beautiful landscape full of a fantastic array of mountain ranges that you really need to have a look at. They have the highest mountains on the planet and these mountain ranges are also a source of some of the major Indian rivers. They are also home to mesmerizing glaciers, picturesque lakes and stunning valleys as well as a wide range of wildlife and medicinal plants. Today, we will be looking at the top seven mountains to visit when you head to India.
These snowy mountains are the highest and also one of the youngest mountain ranges on the planet. The highest peaks include the famous Mount Everest and K2. Some of the major rivers of India are sourced from the Himalayas. Siachen Glacier, which is the world’s second longest glacier, is also a part of the Great Himalayan range. A range of superb lakes and valleys also sit within this mountain range. Due to the assortment of climates experienced here, you need to have appropriate footwear, so make sure the shoes are breathable as well as insulated when trekking the Himalayas.
These wet mountains exist in the northeast district of India. There are three hill ranges that fall in the Purvanchal range, these include the Garo-Khasi-Jaintia, Lushai Hills and the Patkai. These hill regions are actually known for their high volume of rainfall, so be sure to dress accordingly. The top peak of this mountain range is Phawngpui.
In India, the Vindhya range is one of the seven chief holy mountain ranges that can be found here. They geographically separate Northern India from Southern India. Drainage on the range’s southern slopes occurs via the holy Narmada River. The highest peak is known as Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh.
This triangular shaped mountain range extends through the states located in the mid area of India. The apex of this range sits across from the Narmada and Tapti River. These are the main rivers that lead to the Arabian sea. The Saptura’s are mainly made up of forests which are home to a range of large mammals such as the Royal Bengal Tiger. The greatest peak of this mountain range is called Dhupgarh.
This is known as India’s oldest mountain range which runs across Rajasthan to Haryana. The Aravalli range is actually the weather-beaten remains of the historic folded mountains and is also one of India’s most admired mountain ranges. They are also referred to as the Mewat hills. The Aravalli’s are very famous for the mineral resources they supply. Dense forest surrounds the range and it is rich in a variety of flora and fauna. Guru Shikar is the tallest peak of the Aravalli mountain range.
This range begins close to the edge of Gujarat and ends at Kanyakumari. Around 60% of the Sahyadri Range is found in Karnataka state. This location can be found in the top 10 most biodiverse hotspots on Earth. The Arabian sea/Konkan area, has a great reputation as one of India’s greatest tourist destinations. The Western Ghats largest peak is located in Kerala’s Anaimalai Hills and goes by the name of AnaiMudi.
This irregular mountain range includes four major Indian rivers; The Mahanadi, Krishna, Holy Kaveri and Godavari. The Eastern Ghats start in West Bengal and end in Tamil Nadu. ‘The Blue Mountains’ (also known as the Nilgiri hills) actually sit at the seam of the Western and Eastern Ghats. This region is home to the largest Indian elephant population. The highest peak is the Shevaroy.
If you are planning on mountain trekking in India, be sure to plan your trip before you set off to make the most of your experience. Many of the locations are tourist hotspots, so tour guides and companies will be available to help make sure you don’t miss a thing.