Tibetan Cultural Region Directory
& Himalayas Message Board (BBS)
Literary Award &
It is easy to see why this book has consistently been top-ranked on
the Amazon website. It is a comprehensive, detailed and enjoyable read,
providing any and all information a traveler to the region would need.
When talking about Tibet, most guidebooks focus on the Tibetan Autonomous
Region (TAR) in China. A strength of Mapping the Tibetan World is its
coverage of all Tibetan areas, including Bhutan, Nepal, northern India
and western Chinese provinces. It addresses some of the conflict between
the Chinese and the Tibetans, without taking sides or getting dogmatic.
The detailed information in this is quite impressive: even describing
what a building behind a bus stop looks like. Place names are given in
Tibetan and Chinese and, where appropriate, in the regional dialects.
The maps are extensive and far more complete than those found elsewhere.
The stories and useful tips are fun to read and the book gives lots of
hints for travel to closed regions and dealing with the authorities if
The format is similar to many other travel guides: each section covers
a specific region and contains listings of hotels, food, transport options,
culturally significant spots and suggested itineraries. The photos capture
the beauty and majesty of the region and are interspersed throughout.
For those interested in Tibetan culture, and whishing to get off the
beaten track, Mapping the Tibetan World is an indispensable guide.