Acquired via BookCrossing 30 Jan 2010 – RABCK from Bilbi

I loved Allen’s "Plain Tales from the Raj" so turned to this one eagerly.  Slightly unfortunately, the events he describes are further back in the past, so we lose the immediacy of the personal narratives in the other book.  This one is about various explorers’ and colonialists’ attempts to trace the source of the Indus etc to a holy mountain in Tibet.  There’s lots of information and detail, and I did finish it and enjoy it, but it was quite hard going and I got a bit confused with all the characters and routes (even though there are some maps and photographs).  Someone who knows a lot about Tibet and 18th-19th century colonial history is likely to really enjoy this and get a lot out of it.