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DetailsThis classic unfolds a thrilling account of the author's journey to the Valley of Flowers. Complete with maps, colour photography, this is the most authentic account of the Valley of Flowers, now a World Heritage Site. The predominant note was peace; not the faintest breeze ruffled the herbage and the silence was the silence of a vast ocean utterly calm, though always the sounds of the streams came to the ear as a soft, almost imperceptible cadence.In 1931, a party of British mountaineersincluding Frank S. Smytheon their way back from a successful ascent of Mount Kamet, were looking for shelter from inclement weather in the wilderness above Joshimath in present-day Uttarakhand when they came upon the lush and colourful Bhyundar Valley, the Valley of Flowers. In the monsoon of 1937, Smythe returned to the Valley with four Tibetans from Darjeelinghis climbing partners and factotumsprovisions, and six weeks of leisure.On this adventure, Smythe extensively explored the Valley, identifying and collecting flowers and seeds from among the wealth of plant life. He and his friends also scaled the Nilgiri Parbat and the Mana Peak and were defeated by Mount Rataban. Beset by the rains, the party was nearly always soggy and, once, an Abominable Snowman gave them the fright of their lives. Yet, these were but minor prices to pay for the privilege of witnessing the Himalaya in its infinite variety and for a great deal of time usefully spent ruminating on the joys of idleness.The very best kind of nature and adventure writing, which vividly captures the exuberance of wide open vistas as well as the opportunities for solitude and introspection they provide, The Valley of Flowers is a book to read, and to keep dipping into."Ruskin Bond's review : All those who love moutains, flowers, mountain streams and monsoon mists will love this book, an enduring classic."ABOUT THE AUTHOR: FRANK S SMYTHE is author of The Valley of Flowers book and 7 more book like 'The Mountain Top' - An Illustrated Anthology From the Prose and Pictures, A Camera in the Hills and Climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Frank Sydney Smythe was a British mountaineer, botanist and adventurer. Smythe, who began his mountaineering career in the Alps, joined the international Kangchenjunga expedition of 1930 which ended in failure. In 1936, he led the expedition which successfully ascended Mount Kamet, then the highest peak ever to have been climbed. Subsequently, in the 1930s, Smythe was thrice part of teams which attempted to climb Mount Everest. An accomplished photographer and a prolific writer, Smythe wrote twenty-seven books in all, the best known among which are The Kangchenjunga Adventure, Kamet Conquered and Adventures of a Mountaineer. Smythe died in 1949.FOREWORD BY : HARISH CHANDRA SINGH RAWAT (born 27 April 1948) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from 2014-2017. A five-time Member of Parliament, Rawat is a leader of the Indian National Congress party.
SKU Code PRK B 4701 Weight in Kg 0.2500 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9788181581402 Author Name FRANK S SMYTHE. Foreword By HARISH RAWAT. Publisher Name NATRAJ PUBLISHERS