Bells Of Shangri La: Soldiers Spies Invaders In Tibet

By: Parimal Bhattacharya

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Almost all of the Himalaya had been mapped by the time the Great Game in which the British and Russian Empires fought for control of Central and Southern Asia reached its zenith in the latter half of the 19th century. Only Tibet remained unknown and unexplored, zealously guarded and closed off to everyone. Britain sent a number of spies into this forbidden land, disguised as pilgrims and wanderers, outfitted with secret survey equipment and not much else. These intrepid explorers were tasked with collecting topographical knowledge, and information about the culture and customs of Tibet. Among the many who were sent was Kinthup, a tailor who went as a monk s companion to confirm that the Tsangpo and the Brahmaputra were the same river. In an arduous mission that lasted four years, Kinthup had many adventures he was even sold as a slave by the monk before he returned, having succeeded, only to find that the officers who had sent him, and the family he left behind, were all dead. Sarat Chandra Das, a schoolmaster, also went on a clandestine mission. He came back in two years, having compiled extensive data and carrying a trove of ancient manuscripts and documents. He went on to become a renowned Tibetologist and Buddhist scholar. Printed Pages: 272

Title: Bells Of Shangri La: Soldiers Spies Invaders In Tibet

Author Name: Parimal Bhattacharya

Categories: Non-fiction, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Speaking Tiger: 2019

ISBN: 9789388326926

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 1203127

Keywords: Bells Of Shangri La: Soldiers Spies Invaders In Tibet Parimal Bhattacharya