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Journey to the Forbidden City

Journey to the Forbidden City

Deepa Agarwal
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Nineteenth-century Tibet was an unknown entity, a complete geographical mystery to the West.

Where did its capital city Lhasa lie?
Which rivers, lakes and mountains stretched across this land?
Where were its fabled monasteries and legendary goldfields?
And did the magical flying lamas actually exist?

It was next to impossible for a white man to enter this rigorously guarded territory. And so was chosen an intrepid Indian explorer from the mountains of Kumaon-Nain Singh Rawat. Trekking across this country, he risked life and limb and donned innumerable clever disguises as he surveyed the vast expanses and identified countless villages, cities and people. From putting Lhasa accurately on the world map to earning the title of Pundit, his eventful and often arduous travels led to his name being permanently engraved in the annals of Indian exploration.

Based on his actual diaries, this gripping narrative is also a tribute to the indomitable spirit of this fascinating man, who rose from being an impoverished village schoolteacher to a legendary hero.

Imprint: India Puffin

Published: Jan/2020

ISBN: 9780143449911

Length : 152 Pages

MRP : ₹250.00

Journey to the Forbidden City

Deepa Agarwal

Nineteenth-century Tibet was an unknown entity, a complete geographical mystery to the West.

Where did its capital city Lhasa lie?
Which rivers, lakes and mountains stretched across this land?
Where were its fabled monasteries and legendary goldfields?
And did the magical flying lamas actually exist?

It was next to impossible for a white man to enter this rigorously guarded territory. And so was chosen an intrepid Indian explorer from the mountains of Kumaon-Nain Singh Rawat. Trekking across this country, he risked life and limb and donned innumerable clever disguises as he surveyed the vast expanses and identified countless villages, cities and people. From putting Lhasa accurately on the world map to earning the title of Pundit, his eventful and often arduous travels led to his name being permanently engraved in the annals of Indian exploration.

Based on his actual diaries, this gripping narrative is also a tribute to the indomitable spirit of this fascinating man, who rose from being an impoverished village schoolteacher to a legendary hero.

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Deepa Agarwal

Author, poet and translator, Deepa Agarwal writes for both children and adults and has over sixty books published. A frequent contributor to magazines and journals in India and abroad, she has edited and compiled several anthologies. Gender equality, social injustice and preservation of the environment are some of the main themes in her writing.

She has received many awards, including the N.C.E.R.T. National Award for Children's Literature for her picture book Ashok's New Friends while her historical fiction Caravan to Tibet was on the prestigious IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Honour List 2008. Her non-fiction Journey to the Forbidden City was on the Parag Honour List 2020 and shortlisted for the Neev Book Award 2021 in the Junior Readers section, short story collection Kashmir! Kashmir! Was on the Parag Honour List 2021 and shortlisted for the Publishing Next Best Children's Book of the Year award. Her poetry collection Forgotten Kaleidoscopes was shortlisted for the PVLF Best Poetry Award. Deepa's work has been translated into several Indian and foreign languages.

She has received a senior fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, presented many scholarly papers at seminars and conferences in India and abroad and participated in several literary festivals including the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival, Sahitya Akademi Festival of Letters and the Times LitFest.

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