The Himalayas in the Indo-Gangetic Plain of Asia are a favorite travel destination. They are home to many mountains and the Asian culture enhances their charm. One of these mountains is Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world. It attracts more than 700,000 tourists every year. They come in search of adventure in the peaks and sightseeing in the surrounding cities. The region is where all the action is. Pilgrims, trekkers and holidaymakers arrive regularly to enjoy the bounties of nature. They participate in activities like river rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding and trekking to name a few. The connectivity between different locations and cities is a plus point. There are many hill stations to accommodate tourists. British colonists had built these in their heydays. These were meant to be a home away from home during summer months.
Tourism with a touch of religion
Devotees treat the Himalayas as the home of Lord Shiva. Hence, it attracts them in large numbers and they keep coming. Some of them are foreigners and tour operators have attractive packages to meet any pocket. They visit shrines, temples and sanctuaries and carry back rich experiences. Their arrival has helped boost the local economy and build necessary infrastructure. These include hotels, food joints and roads to cater to the needs. Tourism has also spawned business ventures. Examples are decorative showpieces, clothes and garments with local touch. Tourists carry them back as souvenirs.
The Nepal connection
In recent years, tourism has seen an upswing in the Himalayan region. This is evident mostly in higher mountain folds. This could be a result of the Nepal connection. The Kathmandu Valley has seven exquisite World Heritage Sites. These include Kathmandu Durbar Square and the ancient Buddhist temple Swayambhunath. Moreover, woolen products are much in demand as are cashmere and pashmina items. Hence, any trip to the Himalayas will always be a memorable incident.