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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, $16.00)

Trekking in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh

by Radek Kucharski

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

With detailed descriptions of eight separate treks across Ladakh's wild landscapes of high mountain passes and remote Buddhist monasteries. (HML115, $32.95)

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)

India North Map

India North Map

by Nelles

  • 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)

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur


by Anuradha Chaturvedi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

With chapters on Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, 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)

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya


by Garry Weare

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Now in its fifth edition, this guide is great for both practical trail information and general historical and cultural background on the region. Filled throughout with maps and detailed descriptions of treks. (IDA241, $24.99)

Trekking in the Himalaya

Trekking in the Himalaya


by Kev Reynolds

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 252 PAGES

An absorbing primer as well as a celebration of the Himalaya's scenic magnificence, this is an inspirational and detailed guide to 20 memorable treks by a veteran expedition leader. (HML130, $29.95)

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, $16.00)

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, $22.95)

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

Tibetan Buddhism


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," orgins 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
  • 2010
  • 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, $89.95)

Heavenly Himalayas, The Murals of Mangyu and Other Discoveries in Ladakh

Heavenly Himalayas, The Murals of Mangyu and Other Discoveries in Ladakh


by Amy Heller | Gerald Kozicz | Rob Linrothe | Peter Van Ham

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

Van Ham's exquisite portrait of Ladakh during the Buddhist era includes 189 full-color photographs, 14 line drawings and a map. (HML102, $75.00)

Ancient Futures, Learning from Ladakh

Ancient Futures, Learning from Ladakh


by Dalai Lama | Peter Matthiessen | Helena Norberg-Hodge

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 226 PAGES

Norberg-Hodge documents her community work and changes from traditional ways of life; she has lived and worked in Ladakh since 1975. (HML24, $16.95)

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)

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