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Title
A mountain in Tibet - the search for Mount Kailas and the sources of the great rivers of India
Author
Charles Allen
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Abacus
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20130110

Throughout the East there runs a legend of a great mountain at the centre of the world, where four rivers have their source. Charles Allen traces this legend to Western Tibet where there stands Kailas, worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists alike as the home of their gods and the navel of the world. Close by are the sources of four mighty rivers: the sacred Ganges, the Indus, the Sutlej and Tsangpo-Brahmaputra.

For centuries Kailas remained an enigma to the outside world. Then a succession of remarkable men took up the challenge of penetrating the hostile, frozen wastelands beyond the Western Himalayas, culminating in the great age of discovery, the final years of the Victorian era.

A Mountain in Tibet is an extraordinary story of exploration and high adventure, full of the excitement and colour expected from the author of Plain Tales from the Raj.

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Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. A traveller, historian and master storyteller he is one of the great chroniclers of India.

For 30 years Allen has been quietly plugging away at the unfashionable field of colonial history, producing a whole shelf-full of well-researched, well-written and eminently readable works of narrative history, illuminating a whole succession of previously unwritten corners of British Indian history
William Dalrymple

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Mountaineering - China - Kailas, Mount.|Tibet Autonomous Region (China) - Description and travel.|Kailas, Mount (China)
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
vi, 293 , 8 unnumbered of plates

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