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

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

PART 2 THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Leh
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Local tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Activities, Other practicalities, What to see, Around Leh
Chapter 4 Khardung La and the Nubra Valley
Around Kardung La, The Nubra Valley
Chapter 5 Southern Ladakh
Stok, Shey, Thiksey, Matho, Stakna, Hemis, Chemre, Thagthog, Markha Valley, Southern Lakes
Chapter 6 Leh to Mulbekh
Phyang, Nimmu, Basgo, Likir, Alchi, Uletokpo, Khaltsi, Dha-Hanu, Lamayuru, Mulbekh
Chapter 7 The Suru Valley and Zanskar
The Suru Valley, Zanskar
Chapter 8 From Kargil towards Srinagar
Kargil, Drass, Sonamarg
Chapter 9 Srinagar and Gulmarg
Srinagar, Gulmarg
Chapter 10 The Kashmir Valley
Pampore, Yusmarg, Avantipora, Shopian, Anantnag, Pahalgam, Verinag Depending on the security situation at the time of research (Kashmir seems to be heading into a period of unstable waters again) then some of this might have to be remotely updated.
Chapter 11 Jammu
Patnitop, Udhampur, Katra, Jammu
Chapter 12 Trekking in Ladakh, Zanskar & Kashmir

Appendices
Language
Glossary
Further Information
Index