- Firsthand experience, vivid descriptions, high quality photographs, arresting narrative and scintillating wit are the highlights of the book - The reader practically travels with the author to places not found on the regular tourist map and experiences the glory of the Himalayas and the genteel, cultured way of life of the hill folk - The travelogue about two women's decade-long love affair with one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world: the Himalayas Zanskar to Ziro: No Stilettos in the Himalayas is a travelogue about two women's decade-long love affair with the Himalayas. Their 10,000-kilometre trail stretched from the remote Zanskar Valley in Ladakh through Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nepal, Sikkim, Bengal and Bhutan to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. It is the 'female gaze' that sets this book apart, since it also narrates how women cope with 'being woman' amid a rugged terrain. The ladies have ambled along the mountains also with an eye for the aesthetic and the curious, a heart for the exotic, and an ear for the local lore or a recipe. Contents: Acknowledgements; Prologue; Jammu and Kashmir - Suru Valley; Zanskar Valley; Leh; Phyang; Nubra Valley; Pangong Tso; Tso Moriri; Himachal Pradesh - Rampur; Sarahan; Kalpa; Rakcham-Chitkul; Nako; Tabo; Dhangkar; Kaza; Langza; Uttarakhand - Chakrata; Lakhamandal-Bisoi; Mussoorie; Landour; Rishikesh; Chandrashila; Deoria Taal; Binsar; Kausani; Munsiyari; Nepal - Kathmandu; Patan; Bhaktapur; Dhulikhel; Pokhara; Sikkim - Gangtok; Gurudongmar Lake; Yumthang Valley; Pelling; Ravangla; Aritar; Bengal - Darjeeling; Mirik; Kurseong; Bhutan - Paro; Thimphu; Punakha; Phobjhika; Bumthang; Trongsa; Taktsang; Arunachal Pradesh - Bhalukpong; Dirang; Tawang; Bomdila; Ziro; Epilogue.
Once a successful journalist with The Telegraph, Sohini Sen is now a full-time travel writer and photographer. Sen's other books are The Talking Table and Other Stories, a book of short stories for children, Yatra Pathe Rabi, a collection of travel photographs taken by her matched with Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's autograph-poems, and Ladakh: A Photo Travelogue, a tale told through high-resolution color photographs laid out in a comic-strip format.