This is a fascinating narrative of the extensive travels by the author, a Settlement Officer in the Kumaon hills, in some of the less known regions of the Western Himalayas. The book embodies the detailed and copious notes which the author particulary kept over a long period of time when he has had as an official ample opportunities of visiting those areas and acquiring intimate knowledge of the terrain and its people. A close observer and diligent records of all picturesque scenes and matters of local import, he has made the book a veritable storehouse of information regarding the places and objects of interest as well as the manners, characteristics and life of the inhabitants of these strange mountainious regions. His vivid descriptions of the far away spots like Juling Kong, Lipu Lek, Kocharnath and Manasarovar are of absorbing interest and his records of the traditions and customs of the people ? the Bhotiyas and the Tibetans for instance- are an invaluable source of information for students of ethnology and religious usages. As a guide and work of references this volume is of immense value to travellers, pilgrims and tourists who visit these outlying regions of Western Himalayas.
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