घुमक्कड़शास्त्र / Ghumakkad Shastra PDF Download Free by Rahul Sankrityayan

घुमक्कड़शास्त्र महापण्डित राहुल सांकृत्यायन की प्रसिद्ध रचना है। घुमन्तू स्वभाव के कारण उन्होंने तिब्बत, सम्पूर्ण भारत, रूस, यूरोप सोवियत भूमि और श्रीलंका का भ्रमण किया था। और फिर उन्हीं अनुभवों को सँजोते हुए घुमक्कड़-शास्त्र लिख दिया।

Ghumakkad Shastra is one of the popular books of noted travel writer Rahul Sankrityayan. He has single-handedly written the biggest corpus of travel books in India. His most popular book is Volga Se Ganga, where he takes you through the journey of a common man from the cave to about the last century. I really enjoyed his Ghumakkad Swami which was a kind of reverse journey of a traveler.

Ghumakkad Shastra is supposed to be a Shastra or a scripture like our ancient scriptures. He believes the future of the human species depends on travel. The author has written it with the intent to be a reference document for future travelers. He begins by saying – Ghumakkadi se bada koi dharma nahi hota. That is there is no bigger religion than wandering.

He gives clear categories of travelers – first class, second class, third class, and general. It seems he was inspired by the railways here. He proposes pyramidical like a structure of these categories with a small number of first-class travelers on top.

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