Kashmir: Jammu. Kashmir Valley. Ladakh. Zanskar

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Bradt Travel Guides, Jul 1, 2014 - Travel - 256 pages
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-The most comprehensive standalone mainstream guide to Jammu and Kashmir state -In-depth and up-to-date advice on health, security, safety and the necessary permits -Detailed coverage of treks remote Zanskar, with maps -Tips on how to spot Kashmir's wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard -Beginner's guide to Urdu and Ladakhi Sophie and Max Lovell-Hoare have lived in India and subsequently worked across Asia. They are also the authors of the Bradt guides to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Sudan and South Sudan. Encompassing a vast stretch of land from the lush Kashmir Valley to the mountains and epic wilderness of Ladakh, the area now covered by the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has long astounded visitors with its beauty. Marvel at the views from the roof of the world at Khardung La, trek along the frozen Zanskar River, stroll through the Eden-like Shalimar Gardens, take a shikara ride through the lotus-bedecked lakes of Srinagar and join the monks at Thiksey Monastery for early morning prayers by candlelight. After decades of instability, Kashmir is back on the tourist scene and keen to make up for lost time. This, the only standalone mainstream guide to the state, makes the ideal companion whether you want to white-water raft on the Indus River, relax on a houseboat or explore Buddhist culture at shrines up and down the region.
 

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Contents

1 Background Information
3
2 Practical Information
26
THE GUIDE
77
3 Leh
79
4 Khardung La and the Nubra Valley
107
5 Southern Ladakh
121
6 Leh to Mulbekh
145
7 The Suru Valley and Zanskar
164
9 Srinagar and Gulmarg
192
10 The Kashmir Valley
213
11 Jammu
225
Language
239
Glossary
242
Further Information
247
Index
251
Back cover
258

8 From Kargil towards Srinagar
180

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Sophie and Max lived in India 2006-07 and have worked in both India and Pakistan, including in Gilgit-Baltistan. Sophie is a fluent Hindi and Urdu speaker and Max's photographs of the Karakoram mountain range and Highway have been widely published. They both drove the Karakoram Highway by auto-rickshaw in 2008 and their crossing of the Kunjerab Pass broke the world altitude record for journey by tuk-tuk. They have previously authored the Bradt Guides to Tajikistan, South Sudan and Uzbekistan.

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