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Silk Road on Wheels: Travels Through Central Asia and Tibet

Akhil Bakshi (Author)

In 1994, Akhil Bakshi led the Central Asia Expedition, comprising of Indian, Chinese and European scholars, on the Old Silk Road. The expedition drove 12,000 kms, in five Mahindra Armadas, across Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Chinese Turkestan and Tibet. In a charming and hilarious account of this remarkable journey, the audacious adventurer brings alive the excitement of Silk Road travel as he visits ageing caravanserais; witnesses a dumba fight; experiences the thrill of the Kazakh steppe; enjoys the wondrous beauty of Kirghiz lakes; chases double-humped camels in the foothills of the Tien Shans; races gyrating whirlwinds and explores Buddhist caves in Taklamakan and Gobi deserts; and rubs shoulders with yaks, nomads and monks in Tibet. The tempestuousness of the times is felt through the pulse of Timurlane, Chingiz Khan, Huen Tsang and Milarepa—who accompany the author through their old haunts. Silk Road On Wheels offers not only action and adventure, but also social and political insights revealing twenty centuries of the Silk Road.

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About the author

Akhil Bakshi

A born tramp in love with wild places, Akhil Bakshi has been vagabonding around the world since his early years, finding telling beauty everywhere. He has led four major international motoring expeditions that have furthered the cause of peace and development. Vice President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he is on the board of several adventure and sports organisations in India. He has founded two non-government organisations that work with rural youth and with small farmers and landless labour.

Akhil Bakshi has produced seventy television documentaries. His books include: The Road to Freedom; Silk Road on Wheels; Between Heaven and Hell; Back to Gondwanaland; I'll Follow the Sun and Askar Akaev - A Political Journey.

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Bibliographic information

Title Silk Road on Wheels: Travels Through Central Asia and Tibet
Author Akhil Bakshi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st Ed.
Publisher Odyssey Books
Language: English
isbn 8190086111
length xii+324p., Col. Photographs; Maps; Illustrations; 23cm