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Bells of Shangri-La: Soldiers, Spies, Invaders in Tibet
By: Parimal Bhattacharya

Bells of Shangri-La: Soldiers, Spies, Invaders in Tibet


 
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Author: Parimal Bhattacharya
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789388326926
Publication Date: 2019

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Almost 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.


Bells of Shangri-La: Soldiers, Spies, Invaders in Tibet, Parimal Bhattacharya, Speaking Tiger, 2019 , Paperback, 262 Pages, $15.00

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