The free book released this month under SearchKashmir Free Book project is part of a legacy of Biscoe School where a special emphasis was laid on familiarizing the students with the local geography. The school was famous for its trekking tours. Over the years, after the British left, some of these students went on to become the advocates of the importance of such activities in overall growth of an individual. One of such persons was N. L. Bakaya.
As Sports Secretary, he organised regattas, tournaments and other sports. Every summer he organised parties to climb prominent peaks and treks across the charming side valleys of Kashmir. He has also travelled widely all over India as well as Burma.
After retirement in 1954, Bakaya was asked by the State Government to organise sports for the State and was appointed Special Sports Organiser for five years. In this capacity, he organised youth camps and put physical education in the State Educational Institutions on a sound basis. He is one of the founder members of the Kashmir Olympic Association and the Kashmir Football Federation."
What this book offers is clear precise details on how to proceed about trekking in Kashmir.
Some maps from the book:
|Map of Srinagar City|
|Sketch Showing Treks from Pahalgam|
|Sketch Showing Trek From Sonamarg to Gangabal|
|Sketch Showing Treks across Pir Panchal|
Read:Holidaying and Trekking in Kashmir (1969) by N. L. Bakaya