The visit this month of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, raises interest in his homeland and current place of residence. I would like to feature some maps in our collections about Tibet and the Himalaya region.
* Himalaya is a folded map of the area, by a Munich publisher.
* Two large format maps by GiziMap, based in Budapest, Tibet and Xizang = Tibet focus on the entire Autonomous Region of Tibet.
* Xizang Zizhiqu lü you di tu is a tourist map produced in China.
* Tibet : Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Himalaya, the roof of the world, and Himalaya, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim are excellent tourist maps published in English.
* Amnye Machen Institute, Dharamsala, India, is a center for Tibetan studies in the home in exile for the Dalai Lama. The Institute’s Tibet and adjacent areas under Communist China's occupation showsTibet and adjacent areas of China where Tibetan language and cultural practices are found.
The ancient Tibetan capital is featured on two maps. Lhasa City = Lha-Sa Groń Khyer, by the Amnye Machen Institute, is accompanied by a booklet with text in English and Tibetan describing the city and a detailed index to buildings and sites on the map. The Lhasa map : Traditional Tibetan architecture and townscape has a larger scale map focusing on the city center area. Additional maps on the reverse provide plans of significant sites, including the Potala Palace complex, as well as elevation drawings.
Other maps feature special places.
* Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj uses satellite imagery to portray the city in Himachal Pradesh, India, that has served as the home of the Dalai Lama. McLeod Ganj is the name of the portion of the city where the temples, monasteries, and study centers are located.
* The high route around Manaslu focuses on a mountain and surrounding region in northern Nepal. This is a conservation area, with villages of indigenous populations. It is the focus of a graduate study project by a Miami student.
* Kailās, Mānasarovar, and Kailash : trekking map focus on a sacred mountain in western Tibet and northwestern Himachal Pradesh. At the base of the mountain are monasteries. Nearby is a lake regarded as the source of the Indus River, one of several major rivers that have their source in the Tibetan Plateau and the northern Himalaya.
These maps convey some of the wonders of this region that fascinates the western world, providing useful information for study. They also reflect a diversity of cartographers, based as they are in Germany, Hungary, Canada, Nepal, and India at the home of the Dalai Lama.