A journey through history
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Kashmir: A journey through history is meant for the armchair traveller and history buff. Neither an academic tome nor a guidebook, it describes how the Kashmir Valley— ringed by snow-capped peaks—has attracted pilgrims and Sufis, armies and traders, travellers and adventurers, over the centuries, who embraced the crisp mountain air, a world away from the soaring heat of the Indian plains.

Weare creates engaging story lines that capture the passage of Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic influences which have shaped Kashmir’s rich cultural history. The book traces the journey of the region from its early days to the present, with individual chapters highlighting periods in history, such as the role of the Mughal Emperors who created over 700 resplendent gardens and patronised the fine pashmina shawls that were to grace the palaces of India and Europe. The Treaty of Amritsar signed by the British East India Company and Maharaja Gulab Singh of Jammu, in 1846, created the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which lasted for 101 years.

Kashmir then became part of the Great Game, where intrepid British explorers kept a watchful eye on the state’s borders. In October 1947 Kashmir’s political future came to a head when Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession to India. Since then the Indian state has fought wars, battled insurgency and sought to bring development to the three distinct regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Featuring over 120 unique images and packed with nuggets of information, Kashmir: A journey through history takes the reader on a fascinating voyage through a land that has inspired poets and emperors, writers and explorers, through the ages.

Garry  Weare
Garry Weare

Garry Weare has had a long-standing relationship with the Himalaya, since leading his first trek in Kashmir in 1973. After a two-year stint in the Australian outback, Weare returned to Kashmir where he pioneered many classic treks. He also met the co-founders of Australian Himalayan Expeditions, now World Expeditions— one of the world’s leading adventure travel companies, with whom Weare still maintains a close working relationship.

For 13 years Weare had an idyllic lifestyle organising and leading treks from the comfort of his houseboat in Kashmir. Following the outbreak of political unrest in Kashmir in 1990, Weare returned to Australia. However he travelled regularly to Kashmir and other regions of the Indian Himalaya, leading exploratory treks or researching his Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. He also wrote A Long Walk in the Himalaya, an account of his epic fivemonth trek from the source of the Ganges to Kashmir

Weare is the Australian Secretary for the Himalayan Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and has been awarded for his outstanding contribution for promoting adventure travel in the Indian Himalaya. Weare is also a founding director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. He has a daughter and two stepdaughters and lives with his wife Margie Thomas in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia.