Shopping for Buddhas

An Adventure in Nepal

Ranked #48 in Nepal

Jeff Greenwald's classic travelogue takes the reader on a journey across the Himalayan peaks and through the rustic lanes of Kathmandu in search of the "perfect" Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters—from a passionate palmist to a flying lama —who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild rise on Kathmandu’s very first escalator).

Nor does Greenwald shy away from Shangri-la’s darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the book...

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