Never before have I spent so much film during a journey as in these three weeks. The report turned out to be accordingly comprehensive. Since many pictures became wider, accompanying comments had to be banned to a separate window (click on the "more" link if you'd rather read them). The pictures are in random order.

This time you can link directly to a particular picture, and there is also a more up-to-date map ;)

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The map is out of the Atlas universel de geographie physique, politique, statistique et mineralogique in six volumes by Philippe Vandermaelen. This monumental work was the first atlas of the world with all maps on the same scale (and a large scale at that - about one inch to 26 miles) and the first lithographed world atlas. If all the maps were joined together they would form a globe of 7.75 meters in diameter (such a globe was made in Brussels). The maps were published originally in parts of ten maps each, beginning in 1825 and ending in 1827. For many of the areas depicted, these maps are the largest scale maps made at the time, and the most detailed.

Not so for Ladakh though: the world known to Europeans ends at the Himalaya on this map from 1827; the vast empty area behind it is only spoiled by the presumable course of the Indus. The country would be surveyed for the first time twenty years later.

Map image © Cartography Associates