Category Archives: E-Books

Chitwan National Park – Postcards from Nepal: e-Book

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The Chitwan National Park was completely wild and a hunting ground of the Rana rulers until the 1950s. Guest lists included royalty and Who’s Who from Europe and India. The area was inhabited in pockets by the Tharus who had built a resistance to malaria, endemic to the region. In the 1950s, vast swathes of the forest were cleared to eradicate malaria and to settle people from the hills seeking better economic opportunities. However, such a large and sudden influx of people, mostly those who had not known how to live in harmony with the forest and its residents, led to greater man-animal conflicts. Poaching rose sharply – the number of rhinos declined from 800 to under 200, and tiger population also dipped dramatically.

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Kathmandu – Postcards from Nepal: e-Book

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Many moons ago, someone turned the music off in Kathmandu, the subcontinent’s original party town. But you cannot keep a good thing down for long. Nepal’s capital is rocking again, albeit to a slightly different tune.

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Manas National Park, Assam in India: e-Book

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Manas National Park in Assam is one of the richest and most beautiful of protected forests in India, and home to the maximum number of endangered animal species anywhere in the country. It is a designated reserve for the Tiger, the Rhinoceros and the Elephant – but spotting any is no less than a treasure hunt.

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Patan, Gujarat in India: e-Book

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A queen’s stepwell, and a saree meant for one

If you didn’t know any better, you would drive by the dusty town of Patan in Gujarat and miss fascinating nuggets of history and culture going back centuries. This is where you can get the last authentic versions of the famed Patola saree, the Salvis being the only family making it. Delivery time can stretch to five years!!

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Dholavira & Lothal, Gujarat in India: e-Book

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When you stand at Dholavira or Lothal in Gujarat in India, you realize people existed at least 5,000 years ago. On the very spot where you see the remains of what may have been very vibrant and rich cities in the 3rd Millennium B.C. Don’t let your imagination wander too much though, it can cause vertigo.

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