3 Offline Resources to Learn More about Himalayas

This is the third article in 4-part series about how to learn more about the Himalayas. The article focuses on offline and online resources.


Physical libraries

I have not yet come across a dedicated Himalayan library. However, each big city has a rich public library. Many small cities may also have public libraries. These libraries acquire books about some or other aspect of the Himalayas.

Delhi has a big multi-branch public library that offers books on a wide variety of subjects. You can search the catalogue online.



Mumbai has rich Asiatic Library that allows online search of the catalogue.



State Library in Chandigarh


National Library of India, Kolkatta


You can search the catalogue online.



Local libraries in the Himalayan states offer more books on the Himalayas.

  • State library in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 
  • District Library in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
  • Public Library in Killad, Himachal Pradesh


Nepal Mountain Academy Library


Online libraries

National Digital Library (NDL) of India



National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) in making



The best way to learn about the Himalayas and understand the range is frequently visit the range. Explore it. 

Collate facts from the field. Relate facts collected from the field with the theoretical knowledge acquired.

Although the fieldwork is financially, mentally, and physically demanding yet it is one of the best ways to learn about the mighty mountains.

You can travel with friends, family, clubs, travel agents…. You can even travel solo if you like.

Becoming the best in any field is always difficult like climbing an oxygen-deprived high altitude summit that takes your breath away.

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