The Best Mountain Scenery

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#1 Mar 1st, 2004, 18:51
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I was just wondering what everybody's opinion of the best mountain scenery is. Personally, I'm a sucker for large snow capped peaks.
The most wow - inducing that I've seen was the view from a point just above Samiti Lake - you are standing directly under Mt Pandim and looking right at Kanchenjunga and it's associated peaks. Great stuff.
The Nun-Kun massive in the Kasmiri Himalayan, as seen from the top of Lago La comes a very close second. Incidently Lago La apparently means Pass of No Consequence - it certainly didn't feel like that on the way up!
The gorgeous Sangla (or Baspa) Valley also gets an honourable mention (I've even forgiven it for trying to wipe me out with an avalanche).
So, what does everyone else think?

The view of K2 from Concordia, the Hunza Valley, Machapuchari, Annapurna base camp, the north face of Everest???????

I'd love to know!!!!
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Hey Rob, I have been to Darjeeling, Mussoorie, Ranikhet and Nainital and this is what I have to say for these hill stations:

Darjeeling: Scenic beauty a short distance from town; snow capped mountains, tea gardens, valleys, streams, the works - Grade: A.

Mussoorie: Smaller hill station than Darjeeling; quiet in the off-season, packed in the summers, streams and waterfalls, snow capped mountain views a short distance from town. Easier to get to than Darjeeling (from Delhi).
Grade: B+

Ranikhet: More of a small town in the hills than a "proper" hill station. All the sightseeing/nature stuff can be done in 6 hrs or so. Snow capped mountain views are visible from the town area, however the views aren't as great as they are in other hill stations.
Grade: B

Nainital: A couple of hrs from Ranikhet. Quiet in the off-season, packed during the summers. Has a better feel to it than Ranikhet or Mussoorie. Great location along the Naini Lake, situated between 3 mountains. Lots more to do, better food and hotelling options here.
Grade: A

Hope this helps.
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Nainital was also my favorite. The views of the Himalyas from the hills around town were spectacular. Definately grade A
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Dalhouise and Chamba in HP , some pretty amazing snow capped himalaya views and stunning scenary if you venture out to the unspoilt neighbouring towns/villages
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A pass called Buran Ghati (Buran Pass) connects the Baspa valley(just above Sangla) to the Tons Valley System in Uttaranchal. (going clockwise) To the NNE.... you can see portions of barren Spiti, to the NE ... snow-capped peaks in Tibet, to the ENE..Kinnaur Kailash peak, to the E... the Jorkanden peak, to the SE... the Baspa valley & the smoke from Chhitkul, to the S.... the Tons valley system, to the SW... portions of Gangdhari Ridge, to the W... Hansbeshan peak (first climbed Oct 2003), to the NW the Srikand Dhar & green green Sutlej Valley nestling the high villages of Kinnaur. It is one of the rare, all-around view offering various Himalayan scapes, from desert to evergreen.

Next time you go to Sangla, climb southwards to Sangla Kanda & stay (in tent)(to acclimatize). Next day go up to the 15500 foot Buran Pass & observe!!!!
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Darjeeling is definately my favourite hill station, in fact, it's one of my favourite places in the entire world! Nainital is nice but, for me, not in the same league.
I'll certainly try and climb the Buran Ghati next time I get to the Sangla area.
I forgot to mention the views from Kasar Devi which is just about Almora - you get a panorama of the mountains that's about 500km long! You can look SE and see the peaks bordering Nepal, East and see Nandi Devi, Trisul, etc al and NE to see Kamet.
Pretty amazing.
I love those mountains!
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Though without snow, the Western Ghats can be quite nice. The Palani Hills around Kodaikanal have nice rolling, almost scrollwork peaks, deep ravines, waterwalls, thick jungle. Very pleasant and accessible.
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The snow-clad Rohtang, as seen from Manali, is spectacular, as is the mountain scenery of Manali and beyond, when viewed from Beas left bank, between Manali and Naggar.

The line of snow clad mountains visible from the Mall road at Dalhousie is no less impressive, as is the majestic Dhauladhar range which forms the backdrop to the tea gardens of Palampur.

Any mountain scenery of Himachal is just great !
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I don't know why but i really love the embrace of the mountains in the upper chandra valley of lahaul district. Just above chotta dara going from the foot of the bara shigri to chandra tal... gives one a strange adventurous feeling when there, but carry warm gear coz it gets bloody cold in the tent even in summer and fall.. my next mission is the chitkul to har-ki-dun trek, so i hope to see the buran pass.. its always good to get corroboration of a choice in so unsuspecting a manner... cheers..
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My brain my have been switched off when I wrote this post initially - how could I have forgotten the view from Kalpa! (which is above Rekong Peo)
You get an absolutely fabulous view of the Kinnaur Kailash range.
The Auktong Guest house is THE place to stay. The views are near perfect and you don't even have to get out of bed if you have a top floor room. I had a room with the most extraordinary panoramic view! All for 250rps.
AGGHHHHHHHGGGGGHHHH - I want to go back to the Himalayas! NOW!
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When it comes to snow capped peaks, everything depends on the timing. Some of the best ones i saw:

Rohtang pass from Marhi
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After corssing the Rohtang pass, and before Koksar, the first stop after Rohtang
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...1/100_3307.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...1/100_3310.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...1/100_3313.jpg

These were all in the last week of June, 2005. Hope you all like it. Got more
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thats the way to go indiamiker. great pix!

this thread calls for pictures for everyone to see. u cant just describe the beauty.cmon evrybody!
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wonderful pics, indiamiker.
Want more, Give link to your album.

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