In the Himalayas and on the Indian Plains

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General Books, 2009 - 388 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...snows, and to see wonderful pinnacles running up into heaven; whereas what we did see, was a group of somewhat uninteresting hills all clad alike with small deodars which, when young, are precisely like spruce fir, in general effect, and, farther, ranges of interminable hills, where red earth supplies the place of heather, and myriads of tiny fields suggest toilsome cultivation. Then, on the far horizon, distant fully a hundred miles, and not higher, apparently, than the level on which you yourself stand, lies a long, narrow white line, stretching right across the landscape, and indented like the teeth of a saw. And ffiisis the snowy range! After a while we learned to know and love each line of that picture, and to recognise the infinite variety of shapely peaks; but now I am giving you our first impressions. There is no denying the fact HIGHEST TEAKS OF THE WORLD. 299 that the first coup tfatil was disappointing, partly, I suppose, because everything is on so vast a scale, yet all is so perfectly in proportion that it needs a perpetual intellectual effort to realise its size. You have to say to yourself again and again, like a child trying to understand its lesson, here is a mountain range fifteen hundred miles long, and so broad that you must travel for weeks before you get to the other side. And those peaks of glittering snow, which seem only like crested waves on the sea-line, are for the most part seven times as high as those great Skye hills which a few months ago seemed to us to tower up to heaven. In fact, one peak, Mount Everest, is very nearly ten times as high as the Cuchullins, and fully 5,000 feet higher than the crowning peak of the Andes.1 I believe its height has now been fixed at 29,002 feet, while that of Kinchinjunga is 28,176, ..

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