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HIMALAYAN CIRCUIT THE STORY OF A JOURNEY IN THE INNER HIMALAYAS G.D. Khosla 1956 1st USA edition DJ Fine
By Khosla, G.D.
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New York, 1956, 1st USA edition. 233 pp, many photos, map. Travels in Kulu, Spiti and Lahoul. The Himalayan regions of Spiti and Lahoul, like Ladakh further north, are well known for some of the most wild and fantastically beautiful mountainscapes. G. D. Khosla's evocative and sympathetic description of these areas is one of the first, and certainly the finest and most comprehensive currently available. Primarily an account of the valleys and peoples of Spiti and Lahoul. The author writes both because of his personal fascination with the mountains but also to bring to public light the difficult conditions of the inhabitants. Gopal Das Khosla (1901- ) was Chief Justice of the Punjab High Court and presided over many controversial trials as well as the commission to review the deaths of both Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose.

The Himalayan regions of Spiti and Lahoul, like Ladakh further north, hold some of the most wild and fantastically beautiful mountainscapes. In the most comprehensive exploration of the area available, G.D. Khosla offers a highly evocative and sympathetic account of his journey over the rugged terrain and of his encounters with the Himalayan people.

Khosla focuses on the unusual and exciting topography and geography of these breathtaking valleys, as well as on the religion, physiognomy, attire, and customs of the isolated inhabitants. With great facility and elegance, he describes the culture and economy of these once remote but now increasingly accessible Himalayn districts. Khosla clearly reveals his passion for the mountains through his keen eye for the arresting and the bizarre.
 
As he journeys over high passes such as Rohtang, Kunzum, and Barahlacha, and along rivers such as the Beas, Spiti, Chandra, and Bhaga, he vividly recreates the land's abundance of barren splendor, changing colors, and rich depth. Himalayan Circuit will serve as the ideal companion for both the Himalayan traveler and the general reader who prefers the vicarious pleasure obtained by imagining the wonders of high-altitude travel. Hardcover, DJ, Near Fine.

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