Journey to the Himalayas in Tibet: Mt. Kailash, Manasarover and Lhasa

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Speaker: Nehru E. Cherukupalli

This presentation is the travelogue of a geologist visiting the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal and Tibet. Starting in Kathmandu and traveling to Beijing, at very high altitudes, between 5,000 feet and 16,000 feet above sea level, the author takes the audience through the picturesque physiographic provinces of the Himalayan Mountains, their rivers, rocks, small towns, and religious places. Mount Kailash (abode of Hindu God Shiva), Mansarover (the lake created by the Hindu God Brahma) and Potala palace (Buddhist Monastery in Lhasa) are the important religious places visited by the author during his journey. These places are equally important for the Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims around the world. The journey continues from Lhasa to Beijing on the world's only railroad that travels at the top of the world (at altitudes of 15,000 feet plus) and constructed and opened only a few years ago.