Wanderings Through the Garhwal Himalaya

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-11-27
  • Publisher: Niyogi Books

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  • A delightful collection of introspective essays and a gripping study of this incredible part of the Garhwal Himalaya and life around it
  • Avid traveler and photographer Ganesh Saili takes the reader on an idyllic walk through the mountains
This book is a delightful collection of introspective essays on the Garhwal Himalaya and life around it. The author draws from his memories of being brought up in the mountains, pictures that linger like a waft of sweet perfume on a breezy afternoon. With affection, Ganesh Saili writes of his many journeys through these valleys wrapped in the mist, travelogues that evoke details of natural history interwoven into the delicate social fabric of mountain life. The book is a living tribute to the large-hearted sons of the soil, who, down the ages, have yoked the hills together, through thick and thin, good times and bad times, have laughed at the thunder and mocked the skies, have left for the plains only to return, again and again, to the call of the mountains.

The Garhwal Himalaya have always been much more than lumps of rock and ice - an enigma, a constant companion for travelers and explorers. Wanderings Through the Garhwal Himalaya is gripping study of this incredible part of the Himalaya which will make you want to be out there in the mountains amid sleet, snow, rain and wind.

Contents: Introduction; Himalayan Magic; Glorious Garhwal; Trekking the Garhwals; Not So Quiet Flows the Yamuna; Travels With the Four-Horned Ram; The Man Who Would Be King; The Magic of Duirital; Chandrashila; Baadis: The Flower Children of Garhwal; Travels in the Bhyundar Valley; Haridwar: Along the Ganga.

Author Biography

Ganesh Saili was born in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. Growing up in the hills of Garhwal, from an impressionable age, he has trekked the high mountains recording in words and pictures the magic of his beloved mountains. Numerous periodicals, columns, journals and several books translated into over two-dozen languages are a living testimony of this love for the sheer swiftness of the wind, and the magic air from his perch in the Himalaya. In this book, he takes the reader, ever so gently by the hand, through the hills in search of the footsteps of those wanderers who, down the centuries, have walked this narrow path and left their hearts behind forever. With more than fifty years of research as his base, this quintessential free bird, weaves a mesmerizing tapestry in images. What emerges from these pages is a voice of the Garhwal Himalaya.

Table of Contents

Himalayan Magic
Glorious Garhwal
Trekking the Garhwals
Not So Quiet Flows the Yamuna
Travels With the Four-Horned Ram
The Man Who Would be King
The Magic of Duirital
Baadis: The Flower Children of Garhwal
Travels in the Bhyundar Valley
Haridwar: Along the Ganga
Himalayan Blossoms
Other Denizens of Garhwal
Great Spirits of the Himalaya
Dharali: A Place for All Reasons
A Return to Uttarkashi
Where Rivers Run Deep
Mana's Mystic Magic
Looking Down at the Doon
Wanderings Around a Hill Station
A Tour in the Hills
Along the Road to Tehri

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