Google is celebrating the achievements of the 19th century Indian explorer, hailing from the Jauhar Valley in Kumaon, #Uttarakhand, Pt. Nain Singh Rawat, the first man to survey #Tibet, to mark what would have been his 187th birthday.
Uttarakhand is very dear to our hearts as it is the second home of one key staff member.
Disguised as a Tibetan monk, Rawat walked from his home region of Kumaon to places as far as #Kathmandu, #Lhasa, and Tawang. In the 19th century, the British were hungry for cartographic details of Tibet. But Europeans were not welcome here at that time.
Rawat was prominent among a select group of highly educated and brave local men trained in geographical exploration. He determined the exact location and altitude of Lhasa, mapped the Tsangpo, and described in mesmerizing detail fabled sites such as the gold mines of Thok Jalung. "He maintained a precisely measured pace, covering one mile in 2000 steps, and measured those steps using a rosary. He hid a compass in his prayer wheel and mercury in cowrie shells and even disguised travel records as prayers," Google said.
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