The roof of the world, and its greatest mountain range, the Himalaya have been capturing the imagination of travellers for centuries. From Garhwal and Kumaon in Uttar Pradesh, the Himalaya in Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Zanskar, plus the Darjeeling and Sikkim in the Eastern Himalaya, Footprint's completely updated 2nd edition Indian Himalaya Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the whole region's area. The guide opens with a colour section full of inspirational photographs and advice to help you plan your trip giving you a flavour of the best things to see and do. The guide then includes carefully selected itineraries giving you advice on how to get the best out of your stay whether you re travelling for a week or a month. Whether you are trekking amid the most spectacular mountains in the world, pursuing a spiritual path through mediation and yoga or seeking adrenalin highs from the wide range of extreme sports activities on offer this guide captures it all offering you extensive, thoroughly researched information which will help you plan your trip as well as advise you on the ground. The Essentials section provides great advice on how to get there and how to get around as well as information on sleeping, eating, drinking and shopping giving you an idea of what you can expect to pay. The heart of the guide is divided into key regions Western Himalaya: Access from Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Eastern Himalaya: Access from Kolkata, Darjeeling & West Bengal Hills, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh - with each section offering an overview map, local information on how to get around with transport and street maps where relevant, a short history, thorough advice on what to see and do and a directory of key local information on banks, embassies, internet cafes, medical and even laundry services. There is a full-colour mini atlas to help you get your bearings. No matter where you re planning to go, whether it s the colonial hill stations of Darjeeling and Mussoorie, the Buddhist enclaves of Dharamshala and Tawang, the old hippy haunt of Manali or the ashrams of Rishikesh, let Footprint s fully updated 2nd edition Handbook guide you through the jaw-dropping vistas and mythical landscapes.