Maps of Tibet and the Himalaya Region

Maps in our collections provide a variety of views and information about Tibet and the Himalaya region of China and adjacent areas of Nepal, India, and other countries. Several show the entire Himalayan region from northern Pakistan in the west, through Kashmir, northern India and Nepal, to Bhutan in the east.

The ancient Tibetan capital is featured on two maps. Lhasa City = Lha-Sa Groń Khyer (Amnye Machen Institute, 1995) shows the entire city, and 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 (Larsen and Sinding-Larsen, 2005) 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 (2009) 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 (Gondoni, 2002) 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 (Gondoni, 2002), and Kailash : trekking map (Rohweder, 2006) focus on a sacred mountain in western Tibet. 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.

Tibet & Himalaya
Himalaya 1:1,500,000 : Including Tibet, Kashmir, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan. 1999. Scale 1:1,500,000. München: Nelles Verlag. Science Map Cabinet G7402.H5 1999 .N4

Tibet . 2003. Scale 1:2,000,000. Santa Barbara, CA: GiziMap ; Map Link. Science Map Coll G7823.T5 2003 .G4

Xizang = Tibet. 2007. Scale 1:2,000,000. Budapest: GiziMap. Science Map Coll G7823.T5 2007 .G5

Xizang Zizhiqu lü you di tu. 2004. Scale 1:2,800,000. Chengdu Shi, China: Chengdu Di Tu Chu Ban She. Science Map Cabinet G7823.T5E635 2004 .C5

Amnye Machen Institute (Dharmsāla, India). 2001. Tibet and adjacent areas under Communist China's occupation. Dharamshala, H.P., India: Amnye Machen Institute. Science Map Coll G7823.T5 2001 .A4

Gondoni, Paolo. 2001. Tibet : Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan. Scale 1:2,400,000. Kathmandu, Nepal: Himalayan MapHouse; Nepa Publication. Science Map Cabinet G7823.T5 2001 .H55

Pham, Viet Hoa, and Viet Hong Pham. 2009. Himalaya, the roof of the world. Scale 1:1,300,000. Richmond, B.C.: International Travel Maps; ITMB Publishing. Science Map Cabinet G7402.H5E635 2009 .I8

Rohweder, Arne, and Martina Rohweder. 2009. Himalaya, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim. Scale 1:1,600,000. Hinteregg, Switzerland: Gecko Maps. Science Map Cabinet G7402.H5 2009 .G4

Lhasa & Other Special Places
Amnye Machen Institute (Dharmsāla, India). 1995. Lhasa City = Lha-Sa Groń Khyer. Scale 1:12,500. Dharamsala H.P., India: Amnye Machen Institute; Centre for Occupied Tibet Studies. Science Map Cabinet G7824.L5 1995 .A4

Larsen, Knud, and Amund Sinding-Larsen. 2005. The Lhasa map : Traditional Tibetan architecture and townscape. Scale 1:4,000. Hinteregg, Switz.: Gecko Maps. Science Map Cabinet G7824.L5 2005 .L3

Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj : Dharamsala 1:20 000, Upper Dharamsala 1:5 000, McLeod Ganj 1:1 700. 2009. Scale 1:20,000 ; 1:5,000 ; 1:1,700. Hinteregg, Switzerland: Gecko Maps. Science Map Cabinet G7654.D54 2009 .G4

Gondoni, Paolo. 2002. The high route around Manaslu : Gorkha, Arughat, Jagat … Khudi, Besi Sahar. Scale 1:110,000. Kathmandu, Nepal: Himalayan MapHouse. Science Map Cabinet G7762.M25E63 2002 .G6

———. 2002. Kailās, Mānasarovar 1:200 000 : with enlarged details of the sacred routes around Kailas, Humla to Tibet ... Scale 1:200,000. Kathmandu, Nepal: Nepa Publication ; Himalayan MapHouse. Science Map Cabinet G7822.K35 2002 .G6

Rohweder, Arne. 2006. Kailash : trekking map = Stod Gangs Rinpoche Scale 1:50,000. Hinteregg, Switzerland: Gecko Maps. Science Map Cabinet G7822.K35 2006 .G35

Photo Contest: Finding Balance

What does balance look like to you?

Share your vision at the Brill Fall Open-House, Exploring the Roof of the World: Culture, Science, and Information.

The Brill Science Library is looking for pictures that illustrate balance- visual, environmental, spiritual or otherwise!

The photos will be on display at the Brill Science Library, September 28-October 12.

Contest Rules:
  • Submit up to 5 photos either by emailing them to or by dropping off your 8.5 x 11" prints at the Brill Circulation desk by September 23rd.

  • All submissions will be displayed in the library and on the Open-House blog.

  • Winners will be announced at the Brill Fall Open-House on September 30th.

  • Judging is anonymous and the judges decisions are final.

  • Submissions will not be returned.

Landscapes of Tourism: Silk Road, Xinjiang and Tibet

As part of the Brill Fall Open-House, we are hosting a talk by Dr. Stan Toops from Geography and International Studies. We invite you to come to the Brill Science Library to learn more and ask questions about Dr. Toops' research.

Abstract of the talk:
Just as international interest in the history and culture of the ancient Silk Road has grown since the 1980s, the number of tourists visiting ancient sites all along this historic trade artery has also risen. In China, Xinjiang, Tibet and Sichuan have all encouraged this new interest by allowing increased access to many formerly closed places. As a result, tourists now arrive to view a wide range of historical, cultural, and natural attractions. Tourist hotels and tour guide companies (both official and unofficial) now benefit from tourists seeking to experience some of the wonders of this new tourist destination. I examine the creation of a tourist landscape along the Silk Road and discuss the impacts of tourism development in western China.

September 30, 2010
3:00-4:00 pm
Brill Science Library

Exploring the Roof of the World: Culture, Information, and Science!

Join us at the Brill Science Library for a journey to Tibet! It’s a great opportunity for students (and faculty!) to learn more about the resources and technology Brill offers and broaden their understanding of Tibet. Some students may even get extra credit for attending (speak with your professor first). There will be prizes, coffee, and cookies!

When: September 30th, 11:00am-3:00pm

Where: Brill Science Library