How do the Himalayas play a vital role in the economic and cultural development of India? (3mrk)

Asked by Kanhaiya | 27th Sep, 2015, 09:37: AM

Expert Answer:

Himalayas play an important role in economic and cultural development of India in the following ways:

  1. The Himalayas act as a barrier to the South West monsoon winds. When they strike the Himalayas, they shed their moisture bringing much needed rainfall in the northern parts of the country. Indian agriculture is immensely benefited by the Monsoons. (Economic impact)
  2. Many hill stations have been developed in the Himalayan region like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Nainital etc. Himalayas are known for their scenic beauty and are visited by tourists all over the world bringing much needed foreign currency into the country. (Economic impact).
  3. The Himalayas are spread over vast regions running across various countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Pakistan etc. This makes cultural exchanges among the people of various countries possible. The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia. Many Himalayan peaks are sacred to Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. (Cultural mpact)

Answered by Social Science Expert | 27th Sep, 2015, 09:49: PM

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