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Nanda Devi

Listed under Mountains in Uttar Pradesh, India.

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As the highest mountain in India, Nanda Devi is a beautiful sight.  The highest part of the mountain reaches up over 25,000ft and is then surrounded by several peaks all over 21,000ft, making it an extremely difficult mountain to climb. Until 1950, it was the highest mountain top to have ever been reached.

The Hindus consider the Nanda Devi very holy because of its proximity to the sacred Ganges River, and it is a source of worship for many pilgrims.

The beautiful snow-covered peak remains almost perfectly intact- mostly because it has been closed since 1983 for environmental reasons, but it is hopeful that the mountain will one day be opened to the public again.  Many villages lay at the base of the mountains, where some companies such as Nature-Link take groups of tourists to stay in, without actually ascending the mountain.

Written by  Mary Kate Alfieri.

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