Deb Mukharji Deb Mukharji conducted the first group of Indian pilgrims to Kailash and Manasarovar across the Lipu Pass in September 1981, when Indian pilgrims returned after a gap of twenty years following an agreement between the governments of India and China. He revisited the region along the same route in 1993 and returned again in 2002, driving across the Tibetan plateau from Kathmandu. The author has been exploring the Himalaya for over five decades. The photographs taken by him have been published in numerous journals and have featured in exhibitions where their artistic quality has been critically acclaimed. He has written two books, one on Nepal and one on the Kailash-Manas region. Deb Mukharji was a member of the Indian Foreign Service and presently resides in Delhi.