About Himalayas

The word “Hima” in Sanskrit is “snow” and the word, “alaya” means abode. But the mighty mountain ranges of the Himalayas are more than just an abode of snow. They are Mother Nature’s biggest miracle. The Himalayas are the roof of the world, overwhelming us with their sheer magnificence and size and humbling us by giving us a true perspective of how small and insignificant we humans are.

Home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world with Mount Everest being the highest, the Himalayas is revered the world over. While adventurers look at Himalayas as a constant challenge that helps them discover their inner strength, for those on a quest for beauty, the mountain ranges offers the most virgin, pristine and stunning landscapes ever known to man. But for individuals on a spiritual journey, Himalayas is the ultimate destination.

The ancient mountain is considered an abode of the Gods and the spiritual center of the world. Hundreds of temples and shrines dot the Himalayan foothills even as the mist-shrouded snow-capped peaks have given birth to many mythological stories and legends that form the backbone of Indian culture and religions. In fact, a trip to the Himalayas is considered to be the ultimate pilgrimage in South-East Asia.

Himalayan Sojourn, a program by Isha Sacred Walks, offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of embarking on this journey to the beautiful temples and sacred spaces of the Himalayas. Here are seven reasons why you should not miss the chance to be a part of the Himalayan experience.

Before you are too weak or too old, you must meet and merge with the beloved Himalayas
– this is my wish and my blessing.

– Sadhguru


According to Hindus, the Himalayas is the abode of Lord Shiva. It is home to India’s most significant spiritual spaces such as Kailash Manasarovar, Amarnath, Vaishno Devi Temple, the Char Dhams — Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri – many beautiful monasteries and Buddhist Gompas among many others.

The Himalayas are also known as Giriraj or the “King of Mountains”, which is a deity by itself in the Hindu pantheon. The Himalayas have also been personified as the God Himavat, the “God of Snow”, who is father of Ganga and Saraswati who became rivers, and Parvati who married Shiva.

The mystical, enchanting Himalayan mountains is a treat to all your senses. View some of the most breathtaking panoramas of Mother Earth, enjoy the crisp mountain air on your skin, listen to the chants of devotees along with the songs of the wind and smell the wondrous fragrance of the mountain trees and flowers.

The Himalayas is the source of the Indus Basin, the Yangtze Basin and the Ganga-Brahmaptura, which are three of the worlds primary river systems.

Geologists have performed tests over the years to prove that the Himalayas, covering an area of 612,021 sq. kms, across six countries — Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan — are geologically alive. The mammoth mountain range is said to be moving approximately 20mm every year!

The Himalayas have always been the source of immense peace, tranquility and enlightenment for countless sages, yogis and spiritual gurus including Adi Sankaracharya, Guru Gobind Singh, Vivekananda and many others. Sadhguru always felt a deep affinity for these sacred mountains as well.

Every year, devotees undertake the holy trek in spite of all the challenges they face due to extreme geographical and weather conditions. This is the beauty of these sacred spaces.

For all these reasons and more, a trip to the Himalayas with the Himalayan Sacred Walks is an intense spiritual experience, complete with the inclusion of meditation sessions, satsangs (community chanting), spiritual discourses and much more. This sojourn will take you through Haridwar, Rishikesh, Uttarkashi – Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gangotri, Guptkashi, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Himalayan Sacred Walks offers you the opportunity to soak in the sacred energies of these enchanting and majestic mountains and come back deeply transformed.


With our team of highly skilled, trained and dedicated teachers and volunteers ever ready to help you with every step you take on this memorable journey, you will be enveloped in a sense of endless energy, tranquility and oneness.

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