Travels in the Himalayan Provinces
of Hindustan & the Panjab;
in Ladakh & Kashmir; in Peshawar,
Kabul, Kunduz, & Bokhara 1819-1825

By William Moorcroft & George Trebeck
June 2005
REPRINT of the 1841 Edition
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
ISBN: 8121511569
456 pages, 5 " x 8 "
$47.50 Hardcover


William Moorcroft was a veterinary surgeon to the Bengal army. He was particularly interested in improving the stud by importing Turcoman horses and to this end he wished to investigate the possibilities of trade across the Himalayas. In 1811 he was the first Westerner to cross the Himalayas. In the subsequent expedition reported here, he ventured to Ladakh where he spent several months.

Having failed to get permission to enter Chinese Tartary he traveled to Kashmir where he made a thorough investigation of the shawl industry and then subsequently Kabul and Bokhara where "met with as much kindness from the king as could be expected from a selfish narrow minded bigot." He was accompanied by George Trebeck. Both Moorcroft and Trebeck died on the return journey from Bokhara but their papers reached India and were subsequently edited and published by Wilson in 1841.

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