Sunday 30 April 2017

6 books which you should carry along on your trip to the Himalayas

Himalayan Sunrise  - Living in the Himalayas, Travel to the Himalayas

Whether it is a journey by toy train from Kalka to Simla or a road trip from Chandigarh to Ladakh, you always get fascinated by the sky-kissing snow-covered mountains and stupendous landscape of Himalayas.

A cool walk on the mall road of Simla, or a view of the snow–covered peaks in Manali or mountain sports on green surface surrounded by evergreen deodar trees in Khajjar or a bike trip through Rohtang pass, all are capable of helping you lose your worries immediately.

All these are reasons enough which make the travel to Himalayas a must for every individual at least once in his/her life.

Once on a trip to Himalayas, I walked around the whole day taking view of the dangerous cliffs and the deep valleys, I was on an exploring spree so I climbed a lot with my back pack and all the necessary mountain gears. 

The mountains of the Himalayas have such a positive effect on you that you feel a kind of never-ending stamina in your body for the whole day and you keep moving ahead & ahead.

However, by evening I got tired and therefore I decided to come back to the hotel. In a few minutes I was sitting in the balcony of my room with a cup of tea in my hand enjoying the landscape covered by the evening mist with a cool breeze ruffling my hair.

It was a total divine experience for me with my trust strengthening in almighty, thanking the creator of the nature from the bottom of my heart for making the Himalayan region so full of nature. 

My room was at the 10th floor and the good thing of my room was that the balcony overlooked the snow covered mountains of the Himalayas. The view was enough to provide an exhausted mind a feeling of bliss.

In that feeling of bliss, I picked up a book lying on the coffee table just to take a cursory look and found out that 2 hours passed but my attention didn’t divert, not an inch.

What was it?

I could never imagine my concentration to be so robust. Till date, I believe it is the combination of the pristine beauty of Himalayas, pure cool breeze and the book I picked (I will mention the book later)

So, whether you are on a tour of Manali and spending half the day sitting by Beas River or you are on a trek to the tall mountains of Kedarkanth, visiting the Himalayas will not be perfect unless you carry a book with you.

A good and healthy book will not only make your time in the Himalayas memorable but will also elevate your divine experience to the highest level.

So, here we go with the books that you must carry on your trip to the Himalayas –

#1 . The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The fresh Himalayan air has the potential to unlock the hidden powers possessed by you. You must make use of this opportunity to bring an effective change in your attitude.

Today, with the emergence of Internet, the confidence level of an average human being has risen up.

But still if you introspect, you will find that there is a wide scope of strengthening it.

The Himalayan region and the happiness it brings to the mind

In this book, the author Norman Vincent Peale has beautifully described a few simple things which if followed can do wonders to your personality and fill your life with joy and prosperity.

The essence of this book is to teach you to believe in yourself, to enjoy positivity and confidence, so can there be any place better than the snow-covered peaks upfront to read it.

Great things are achieved through partnerships. Norman Vincent Peale, therefore, has stressed in this book to make god your partner in the process of everything you want to achieve.

This book will teach you to introduce firm belief in your prayers, will encourage you to pray every day, will strengthen your belief in almighty so that you start believing in yourself and develop a positive attitude. This book is surely one of the life changing books.

Our souls get a divine feeling in the presence of nature so imagine the experience you will get while reading something that is encouraging you to pray in the pristine nature of the mountains. 

#2.  Mega Living by Robin Sharma

Planning to grab the breathtaking view of the the Himalayan range just to get rid of your hectic work schedule and bring some peace to mind? Well, then this is the book you must read on your trip.

You will get to learn how to add years to life. By years, I mean longevity + Joy + Prosperity.

Robin Sharma has efficiently instructed nurturing the importance of life in your mind, to tap its potential and learn about the powers within.

If you have ever been to the Himalayas then you will agree with me that the air of the Himalayan region has some kind of magic.

Once it ruffles your hair you feel as if the clogged pores of your brain are opening to embrace the light of life.
Read & remember it as a book that changed your life

The reason I told you this is because everyone battles the presence of negative thoughts erupting inside the mind. Sometimes, they just debilitate us.

The most important aspect of this book is it makes you learn how to deal with negative thoughts, beat them down and fill your mind with only positive thoughts.

So, I recommend you to try it out in your next trip to the Himalayas, even if you have read it already; just get ready to see the magic when you read it there.

Also, this was the book which I mentioned about, in the beginning of the article. Give it a shot and I am sure you will surely remember it as a book that changed your life.

#3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The feeling of the present cannot be ignored. Imagine the difference in the feeling when you dreamt of receiving promotion to a higher designation and when you actually got it.

When you dreamt of being a topper in your class and when you actually became one or take an example of your travel to the Himalayas, when you imagined yourself trekking in Himalayas, booked your tickets and when you actually trekked there.

All these signal to the power the present has and that is why, they say ‘Live in the present’.

I know that you have heard this phrase a bunch of times in your life, and you read it often in your social media news feed but does your soul actually knows the meaning of it?

The mountains of the Himalayas will make you live in the present

Even you have vowed in the past to ‘live in the present’ but mind tends to give in to the first negative emotion aroused by not-so-good circumstances. This negative emotion then interferes with your way of living and prosperity.

But, you can realize the true meaning of this phrase through the concepts stunningly presented by Eckhart Tolle in the book ‘The Power of Now’. The ideas provided in this book can truly help you transform your life by killing stress and grasping the energy of the current moment.

The most beautiful thing about this book is that Eckhart Tolle has given a lot of breaks in between the chapters, where you can just go over what you read to deeply absorb it in your mind.

So, if you are fond of living life to the fullest and your Himalayan trip is a part of this fondness then this book should be in your bag. Believe me, if you trust a little in finding the life in a book then grab a copy of it on your trip to the Himalayas.

#4. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

This book became a big success when it was released and you will be astonished to know that it was the first book of its author.

Marianne Williamson, in this book, has stressed that love is the true spirit of life.

Instead of love, mind tends to embrace fear when things seem to be insurmountable which results in a corrupted soul. Then the other sins such as greed, selfishness and anger make their way in slowly.

This book provides several anecdotes which can help you give up on fear and embrace love. It will teach you that the inner peace or the bliss can be obtained not by achieving status or wealth or power but by adapting and sharing love with the people of the world.

Replace all negative thoughts with Love teaches this book

#5. The Art of Happiness by 14th Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler

This book is an illustration of the interview of the 14th Dalai Lama taken by Howard Cutler.  Cutler has supported the wisdom imparted by the Dalai Lama in this book with his own research.

It too answers a very vital question of life which is - 
'What do you mean by happiness?'

The Dalai Lama, in this book, says that the happiness of a person totally lies in his own hands and is not governed by external events and circumstances but is generated from the state of his mind.

The book talks about feeding the mind with affirmations, analysing the thoughts and emotions, paying attention to the thought process, training it on a regular basis so that it develops a state of mind better known as ‘Happiness’ in this world.

What do you mean by happiness? Find the answer in this book

It tells you that if you are more socially active, focused and creative then you tend to be happier than the people who are self-centered and unsociable.

The deeply explained philosophy of achieving happiness in this book makes it another good choice for reading with an amazing landscape in front of you.

#6. Tuesdays with Morrie By Mitch Albom

I am certain that this book is capable of making you fall in love with self-help books.
Mitch Albom met his college professor who was also his childhood mentor nearly after 20 years and found out that he was fatally sick.

There were things which still remained entangled for the author and on finding his professor after so many years; he would go to his study every Tuesday to take life lessons.

You might fall into tears by the time you reach the last page of this book.

If you are also in a predicament at this moment and planning to travel to the mountains of the Himalayas to find some answers, take this book with you. I bet it will surely deliver.

Wrap Up

It is an unquestionable fact that we go to the Himalayas to enjoy ourselves in nature, restore our confidence in ourselves, and kill stress so that we can feel the next Monday as the first day of our life.

Though on your trip, you will be living in the Himalayas for a very short time of your life but it is enough to bring in peace to the mind which is self-sustainable for an entire year or two.
Within this process, whether you are a reader or a non-reader, you cannot ignore the importance of the books. You cannot imagine the impact reading books can have whether you are sitting in the balcony of your hotel, watching the view or resting in your sleeping bag after a tiring trek.

However, the choice of books also plays an important role and that is what was in my mind when I thought about writing this article.

So, have you read any of the books mentioned here  before? And which of these books would you like to take with you on your next trip to the Himalayas?

Is there any book you would like to add to this list?

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