What Should I Read to Know More about Himalayas?

One of our valuable readers wants to become an expert of the Himalayas. He wants to know how and where he can learn about the range. Since we share his ambition we have planned four separate articles to answer his four questions about Himalayas: (1) books, magazines, journals,  (2) courses, (3) museums, and (4) libraries. These articles contain a very short list of useful resources.

Today we focus on physical and online books, journals, maps, and magazines about the range. Read the following books to learn about the different aspects:

Offline Reads


  • India: A Regional Geography by R.L. Singh


  • Uttarakhand Map (1:500,000) by NATMO*
  • Tourist Map of Uttarakhand by NATMO
  • Adventure Tourism Map of Uttarakhand (1:400,000) by NATMO
  • Uttarakhand – Trekking & Tourism Map by NATMO
  • The Atlas of Uttarakhand by NATMO

*National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organization (NATMO) 


  • Flowers of the Himalayas by Oleg Polunin and Adam Stainton
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Himachal Pradesh by Narain Singh Chauhan


  • Textiles, Costumes, and Ornaments of the Western Himalaya by Omacanda Hāṇḍā
  • Hindus of the Himalayas: Ethnography and Change by Gerald Duane Berreman


  • Himalayan Architecture by Ronald M. Bernier
  • Temple Architecture of the Western Himalaya: Wooden Temples by Omacanda Hāṇḍā


  • Himalayan Pilgrimage and New Tourism by Dr. Jagdish Kaur

Mountaineering in Himalayas

  • Indian Mountaineer by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (I.M.F.)

Online Reads

  • The Off
  • ABHA
  • The Himalayan Club.     https://www.himalayanclub.org
  • The Himalayan Index by Alpine Club (UK)   http://www.alpine-club.org.uk/hi/screen2a.php

I read somewhere that it takes at least 10,000 hours’ hard work to master a subject. Knowing the Himalayas like the back of your hand needs dedication and resources. Start with this brief list if you like. We will keep building the resource list.

In the second article of the 4-part series, we will look at the courses about the Himalayas.

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