On India's Frontier; Or, Nepal the Gurkhas' Mysterious Land

On India's Frontier; Or, Nepal the Gurkhas' Mysterious Land

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...room for the crops, the fields were carried a long distance up the picturesque slopes that everywhere encircled the mountain sides. Above the fields extended the forests that soon belitttled themselves as they approached the abodes of snow and completely retired from the presence of a perfect sea of crowned heads culminating in that white-headed, greybearded monarch, old Everest, 29000 ft. high. This monster, though a hundred miles off, was distinctly visible as his bifurcated conelike head pierced the sky and formed the farthest point visible in a north-easterly direction, though we tried our best to penetrate the blue beyond and get a peep at our familiar Darjeeling friend, Kinchenjunga. Finding this impossible, we ran our eye 41980 along the towering heads and shoulders of the giants nearer to us, flashing their brilliants in the sunlight. Fully one-third of the extensive visible horizon we found was required to give sufficient accommodation to this aged royal assembly. Out of their number the nearest to us were Gosain Than, 26,000 feet, Yassa, 24,000 feet, Matsiputra, 24,400, and Diwalgiri, 26,800. And as we looked up to them from our own lofty position in the grand stillness of that magnificent morning, we were inspired with awe at the sublime spectacle, and felt an inclination to uncover our heads; for they seemed to have penetrated into the very precincts of heaven and communed with the Invisible whose glories they reflected. What wonder that the Hindoo associates with each one of these tremendous peaks the abode of some of his deities, and thus has formed, clustered about him, a grander pantheon than the Greeks ever conceived of! The Himalayas (or the "abode of snow " as the name signifies) might more fittingly be termed the...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236493192
  • 9781236493194