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Title: Fun Facts
History: The first Europeans to set foot in the Himalayan region were the troops of Alexander the Great in 329 B.C. Although, they did not reach the main ranges of the Himalayas, they crossed the Hindu Kush and the Pamir. In 1272, the Venetian traveler Marco Polo, traveled across the Pamirs and the Taklamakan desert with his father and uncle, and reached China. Here, they served in the court of the Emperor Kublai Khan for several years before returning to Venice. Later Marco Polo wrote an account of his travels called “Il Milione” which was translated into English and called “The travels of Marco Polo”. The book became an instant success, though many were skeptical of his fantastic stories. In the 14th century, the Mongol invader, Tamerlane crossed the Himalayas and invaded India right up to Delhi. His reign of terror kept resonating in India centuries after he left. In Tibet, Mount Everest is known as Chomolangma, which means “Mother of the...