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A Journey in Ladakh

A Journey in Ladakh

by Andrew Harvey

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

The vivid account of a 1981 journey by a young English poet searching for ancient Buddhist traditions in remote Ladakh. (HML15, $18.95)

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

by Barbara Crossette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Asia correspondent for the New York Times Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world. (NPL04, $16.95)

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

by Robert Thurman

  • RELIGION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites. (TBT15, $14.99)

Trekking in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh

by Radek Kucharski

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With detailed descriptions of eight separate treks across Ladakh's wild landscapes of high mountain passes and remote Buddhist monasteries. Second edition. (HML115, $36.95)

India North Map

India North Map

by Nelles

  • 2013
  • MAP

A regional map of northern India scaled at 1:1,500,000, with excellent topographic detail and insets of Delhi, Agra, Zanskar & Ladakh. (IDA124, $13.95)

 
Ladakh & Zanskar Map

Ladakh & Zanskar Map


by Nelles

  • 2012
  • MAP

This detailed map covers the region at a scale of 1:350,000. (HML116, $13.95)

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment


by Stephen Bezruchka

  • REFERENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide. (REF02, $8.95)

Bradt Travel Guide Kashmir

Bradt Travel Guide Kashmir


by Max Lovell-Hoare

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

Max and Sophie Lovell-Hoare focus on the Buddhist palaces, mountain treks and spectacular scenery of not only Kashmir but also neighboring Ladakh and Zanskar. (HML129, $27.99)

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

With chapters on the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans. (IDA151, $25.00)

Capital, The Eruption of Delhi

Capital, The Eruption of Delhi


by Rana Dasgupta

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 496 PAGES

A fascinating look at sweeping economic changes in Delhi. Dasgupta examines how the influx of wealth into the city has spawned excess and gangsterism. (IDA698, $28.95)

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi


by William Dalrymple

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with its art, architecture, history and literature. (IDA06, $17.00)

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas


by Peter Harrison

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim book recreates the dramatic and colorful fortifications of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan, recounting their history through foreign incursions, religious conflicts and civil wars to the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama from Potala Palace in 1959. (HML117, $18.95)

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism


by John Powers

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 591 PAGES

A comprehensive study of the history and philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism, suitable for the general reader. (TBT40, $32.95)

Ladakh, Crossroads of High Asia

Ladakh, Crossroads of High Asia


by Janet Rizvi

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 328 PAGES

An excellent historical review of how Buddhism and Islam met at this high-altitude crossroads to form a unique culture, including discussion of the region's history, rich oral tradition, economy, literature and artifacts. Third edition. (HML26, $55.00)

The Dragon in the Land of Snows

The Dragon in the Land of Snows


by Tsering Shakya

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 606 PAGES

A comprehensive account of the history and political development of Tibet since 1947, which includes eye-opening details of the American, British and Indian players involved in Tibet's struggle for sovereignty. (TBT32, $20.00)

Tibetan Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction

Tibetan Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction


by Matthew T. Kapstein

  • RELIGION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 130 PAGES

With a refreshing lack of cant, Matthew Kapstein covers the diverse "divine and demonic fauna of Tibet," origins and branches of Buddhism, religious practice, daily life and customs in this brisk, clarifying survey. (TBT152, $11.95)

World Religions: Eastern Traditions

World Religions: Eastern Traditions


by Willard G. Oxtoby

  • RELIGION
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

A clear and insightful introduction to Eastern religions by a team of scholars, covering Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist and East Asian traditions. Scholarly but still rewarding for the general reader. (ASA07, $93.95)

Tigerland, and Other Unintended Destinations

Tigerland, and Other Unintended Destinations


by Eric Dinerstein

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Chief scientist at WWF, the engaging Dinerstein chronicles his own coming-of-age as a conservation biologist and globe-trotting adventures in the field in Costa Rica, Ladakh, New Caledonia, East Africa, Galapagos, Montana and Nepal in this enjoyable memoir. (CON30, $25.00)

Birds of India

Birds of India


by Richard Grimmett | Carol Inskipp | Tim Inskipp

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. (FG43, $39.50)

India Birds

India Birds


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. With full-color images and text, it features more than 100 birds often seen in India. (IDA727, $6.95)

India Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

India Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD

A folding wildlife guide designed for quick reference in the field. It features more than 140 creatures often seen in India (from tigers and lions to flying lizards) with full-color images and text. Part of the great Pocket Naturalist series. (IDA728, $6.95)

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