India's Western Himalaya follows on the heels of several successful titles on Indian themes: The Insight Guides on India, Rajasthan, Indian Wildlife and South India and the Cityguides to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and Calcutta. This new guide explores the two states of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh - a pristine world of cool, forested hills and high, cold deserts, rowering peaks, hushed mountain lakes and rushing rivers.
Scattered across this terrain is a diversity of peoples, from the rugged Hindu villagers of the Lesser Himalaya to the shepherd tribal communities - the world's ealiest pioneers of the mountains, and from the hardy Buddhist folk of the wind-swept rainshadow to the sophisticated Muslims of the lush Srinagar Valley.
The expert team of writers and photographers gathered together in the pages of India's Western Himalaya conducts you on an exciting discovery of this region, its natural splendor and cultural wealth. A special feature of the book is a wholly new section on a trekking in the region, first-hand accounts complete with maps and illustrations.