Size 6"x8". 416 pages. Includes 280 maps. Charles E. Tuttle edition. This extraordinary budget travel guide to the Tibetan world comes with over 280 tried and tested maps covering the entire region. Get there and get around: Hundreds of pages of important travel information. Plus gateway cities: New Delhi, Calcutta, Chengdu, Kunming, Kathmandu and Pokhara. Keep to your budget: Hotel tariffs, tour and trekking costs, permit and visa charges. Pack everything in: Cultural, historical and religious explanations, festival dates, sights & more... "Although this book has about 300 very detailed maps everything from a map of Portola Palace to downtown Cheng-du it is essentially a travel guide rather than a history of mapping the Tibetan region, as the title may suggest. In the first chapter, the authors, all experienced travelers captivated by Tibet, are admirably forthright about the drawbacks of travel there (e.g., Tibetan mastiffs that bite on sight, the need for vaccinations, altitude sickness, and the absence of gourmet meals) and then spend the rest of the book focusing on the good points, such as the many monasteries and cultural sites and the ability to travel cheaply. Pages are filled with practical tourist information, basic tours, very detailed instructions (e.g., the building in front of which a bus leaves), and plentiful photos. Recommended for all travel collections specializing in Asian geographic areas. Mary Lynette Larsgaard, Univ. of Calif."