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Historical Documents from Western Trans-Himalaya: Lahul. Zanskar and Ladakh

C. Dorje (Author) Tobdan (Author)
Synopsis With the opening up of the hitherto isolated areas of Lahul, Zanskar and Ladakh of the Western Trans-Himalayan region, to the outside world, and with the developments taking place in various fields, especially transport and communication, vestiges of cultural heritage in the area is under threat and in several cases completely lost or is on the verge of destruction. In fact, whatever records remains also posed problem regarding their interpretation, since these are in various scripts and dialects/languages. The present book marks an important step in the effort of bringing together the material so as to preserve them for posterity and to make the outside world understand these little known regions more closely. In this book are included transliteration and translation of little known original historical records in the form of inscriptions on rock in different parts of the region as well as documents in the possession of individuals, monasteries, etc. The original taxts of the inscriptions and documents have been transcribed in Roman script with translation of each into English.
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About the authors

C. Dorje

C. Dorje (b. 1953) did his M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in History and PG Diploma in Archaeology.  He joined ASI as Deputy Superintending Archaeologist in 1979 and presently working as Director.  He has worked in the different fields in the ASI and has contributed number of articles and research papers and is also the co-author of the book-Historical Documents from Western Trans-Himalaya: Lahul, Zanskar and Ladakh (1996) and Kumbhalgarh: The Pride of Maharanas of Mewar (in press) and co-editors of Indian Archaeology 1995-95: A Review (2000) and Inventory of Monuments and Sites of National Importance, Vol. I: Part-I: Srinagar (1998).  He was also in the team deputed to Cambodia for preparation of Report on Ta Prohm temple complex.  He also participated in the Azad Hind Expedition (1995-96) as a representative of Department of Culture, Govt. of India.


Tobdan (b. 1944) is a self-taught historian and linguist. His particular area of study is Lahul and Spiti and the areas surrounding it.  He did LL.B from the University of Delhi and has recently retired as ACM from NABARD.  Tobdan has to his credit number of research papers and scholarly articles and books including History and Religiono f Lahul (1984), Bhoti Parichaya: Vyakaran and Anuvad (1990), The Peopleo f Upper Valley: The Todpas of Lahul in the Himalayas (1993), Kulu: A Study in History (2000) and Bashahar-Kinnaur: Cultural History of Western Trans-Himalaya (in press) and jointly with C.Dorje-Historical Documents from Western Trans-Himalayas (1996).

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Bibliographic information

Title Historical Documents from Western Trans-Himalaya: Lahul. Zanskar and Ladakh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185638098
length x+120, 28cm.
Subjects Social Sciences