Kashmir and Ladakh

by Max Lovell-Hoare and Sophie Ibbotson

Kashmir and Ladakh

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Bradt's Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir remains the only standalone guide in English available to this stunning region of mountain wilderness and lush valleys. Although Ladakh is becoming an ever more popular destination, Zanskar, the Kashmir Valley and Jammu are still off the beaten path and full of wonders waiting to be discovered. This book is the ideal companion to these contrasting and spellbinding regions whether you want to white-water raft on the Indus, travel in a jeep along nerve- wracking mountain roads, relax on a houseboat, explore Buddhist culture in tucked away Ladakhi monasteries or hike over the high passes.
Fully updated, this new edition includes chapters on background and practical information and a dedicated chapter on trekking, with nine easy-to-follow chapters covering the whole area, including Leh, The Suru Valley and Zanskar, Srinagar and Gulmarg, The Kashmir Valley and Jammu amongst others. New for this edition are additional trekking information and trekking maps, plus new travel routes.
Ladakh, Zanskar and the Kashmir Valley have long astounded visitors with their epic Himalayan beauty. Marvel at the views from the roof of the world at the breathless Khardung La mountain pass, stroll through Eden-like Shalimar gardens, trek remote mountain trails through Ladakh and Zanskar, take a shikara ride across the lotus bedecked lakes of Srinagar and join the Buddhist monks at Thiksey Monastery for early morning prayers by candlelight. Other highlights include, the Buddhas of Kargil, the Mughal Road, Mubarak Mandi and the houseboats of Srinagar.
Whatever your interest, Bradt's Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir is an indispensable guide.

About the author

Sophie Ibbotson has worked in Central Asia since 2008.
This edition has been updated by writer, award-wining photographer and guidebook author Stuart Butler, who has travelled - and walked - throughout the Himalaya and produced many articles, photo-stories and guidebooks on the region.

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Contents

Introduction
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation,
Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively

PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Leh
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information and tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, Activities,
What to see and do, Around Leh
Chapter 4 Northeast Ladakh
Khardung La, The Nubra Valley
Chapter 5 Southern Ladakh
Stok, Shey, Thiksey, Matho and Stakna, Hemis, Chemde and Thagthog, The Markha Valley, The Southern Lakes
Chapter 6 Northwest Ladakh
The Leh-Kargil Highway, The Northern Indus Valley, Kargil, Drass
Chapter 7 Zanskar and the Suru Valley
The Suru Valley, Zanskar
Chapter 8 The Kashmir Valley
Sonamarg, Srinagar, Gulmarg, The Southern
Kashmir Valley, Pahalgam
Chapter 9 Jammu
Patnitop, Udhampur, Katra, Jammu City, Around Jammu City
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information
Index