Majestic, imposing, mysterious, and magnificent — these are just some of the words people use to describe the Himalayas. It is one of the most bucket-listed places in the world for those wishing to explore and experience the adventures that await in the region. From Kathmandu to Everest and all the places in between, here are some of the best books about the Himalayas that will inspire your wanderlust.
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
“People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.”
Lost Horizon is woven around the fictional kingdom of Shangri-La. Fable aside, this book is a great read for anyone who wants to travel to the Himalayas or to be inspired by tales of contentment and being at peace with one’s self.
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
“We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.”
This is a story that revolves around the author’s adventures in the Himalayas and his encounter with the current Dalai Lamacurrent Dalai Lama. It provides a glimpse into a part of the Himalayan region that has seen few foreigners during that time.
Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters over the Past Thousand Years by Idries Shah
“In the distorting mirror of your mind, an angel can seem to have a devil’s face.”
Idries Shah traveled across different continents to places like India and Pakistan among others. Tales of the Dervishes features a collection of traditional tales that are considered as more than folklore or legends but also as a method of instructions used by dervish masters.