Caravan to Lhasa

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Caravan to Lhasa
Caravan to lhasa book cover.jpg
Author Kamal Ratna Tuladhar
Genre Travel literature
Publisher Various
Publication date
2011 (second edition)
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 9789994658916

Caravan to Lhasa is a travel book and an account of the lives of expatriate Nepalese merchants in Lhasa from the 1920s to the 1960s. Written by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar, the book describes the caravan journey from Kathmandu across the Himalaya, and the life and times of the Newar traders in Tibet through the experiences of his merchant father Karuna Ratna Tuladhar (1920-2008) and uncles.[1][2]

Karuna Ratna spent 17 years in Lhasa, from 1935-1946 and 1949-1954. He was born in Kathmandu to a merchant family, and took over the ancestral shop in Lhasa after his father's death in 1935.

Caravan to Lhasa is based on the centuries-old history of Kathmandu's Lhasa Newar merchants who lived for long periods at their business houses in Tibet and India, and operated a trading network linking South and Central Asia.[3][4]

The book ends with the final return of the merchants after the Chinese takeover of Tibet and the flight of the Dalai Lama to India in 1959. The first edition appeared in 2004.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Prasai, Ujjwal (16 December 2011). "Family History". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Bajracharya, Himesh (16 June 2012). "Lhasa legacy". Kantipur. Retrieved 25 May 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Kaye, Melati (29 June 2013). "Renewed Nepali trade route draws regional ire". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Yoon, Sungoh. "Newar Merchants of Kathmandu in Traditional Tibet". Tibetan Biographies. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Aikat, Kajori (February 2005). "Book Review: Caravan to Lhasa". ECS.  Page 99.
  6. ^ "Just published" (PDF). A Journal of Newar Studies. 2004/05. Retrieved 29 March 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help) Page 11.