Lepcha Land; Or, Six Weeks in the Sikhim Himalayas

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 128 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 Excerpt: ... way he tore up and down the steepest precipices was a constant source of wonder to us. I noticed that the rarified air of the mountains never seemed to trouble the breathing of dogs to the extent it does that of ponies. Descending Bromhead Point, we were read' enough for the sandwiches brought for our lunch, but the dogs managed to coax us into giving them a good share. British soldiers at Gnatong. About a mile from the pass on our way back to Gnatong, we met a party of Tibetan traders in wool who had just come from Llassa and were bound for Kalimpong. Trade has increased considerably within the last few years, and with greater facilities of traffic, Kalimpong has already become an important depot for Tibetan produce. The little band we met consisted of five men. They had done their day's march, and were encamped in about as cold and bleak a spot as it would be possible to find. They had made a horseshoe, some twelve feet across, or large stones, within which their bales of wool were stacked. In the centre of the ring was a huge fire, round which the men sat or lay close together, protected from the cold to some extent by their property, but with no covering overhead. We often met similar encampments during our travels; once in deep snow, which the men sat or slept on with the most heroic indifference. On this first meeting we went up to the party, and were soon carrying on an animated and friendly conversation by means of signs and interjections, with some slight help in the way of interpretation from our Nepauli syces. They all had warm picturesque clothes, thick, heavy garments piled one over the other, giving them a decidedly stuffed-out appearance. They wore thick, felt snowboots, coming up over their knees, and the usual quaint Tibetan cap. We found ...

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