View of the Himalaya Mountains from Nagarkot, Nepal
The first time I have ever seen a glimpse of the Himalayas it was 5:45 am on a brisk morning in Nepal. I had rolled out of bed at 5:30 to rush to the rooftop of the highest hotel in Nagarkot, which I happened to be staying in.
The sun began to peak on the horizon and gradually illuminated the surrounding mountains. For about the first 15 minutes, all the mountains appeared to look the same, until the sun had risen enough to highlight the first bit of white, snow-covered beauty of the Himalayas.
I was not prepared for the allure of this sight. I stood there in awe. As I glanced down below and ahead of me, I could see many groups of people on their hotel rooftops spread across Nagarkot doing the exact same thing. Everybody awakes before dawn to experience this magnificent sight and at that moment I completely understood why.
This particular photo was taken at sunset on the same day. We were lucky enough to have a break in the clouds to view the orange and pink glow of the fading sun splashing color on each of the clouds and mountains. It looked almost as if the mountains and clouds had been lit on fire and all that was left were the fading embers.
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