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Himalayan Mountain Kingdom

On the rooftop of the world, shoe-horned into the Grand Himalayas, Bhutan - or Thunder Dragon - is a fiercely independent kingdom. Isolated, charming, peaceful and religious, the Bhutanese are a pragmatic, sensitive people who take from the West what will benefit their country and leave the rest. Only 4,000 tourists will visit the kingdom in any one year and they are strictly monitored by a government that cares deeply for its people, environment and heritage. The countryside is pristine, the lifestyle and culture have been preserved for centuries, and the love of life is abundant among the people. Few outsiders know Bhutan as intimately as Francoise Pommaret; her guidebook takes you on an incredible journey of discovery and adventure; her love of the people and the place shines through; her in-depth knowledge helps aid our understanding of why this unique land has long remained one of Asia's deepest mysteries and best-kept secrets.


“...Colorful, practical guide, well illustrated with many astonishing photographs. Provides an in-depth general introduction to this kingdom's history, culture and ecology, with a comprehensive itinerary ranging from the major cities to the remotest monasteries. Special sections on selected topics, plus literary excerpts, including J. Claude White on an inter-sex mudfight....” - Traveller

“...The bible of Bhutan guidebooks...” - Travel & Leisure


+ Extensively revised and updated by the world's leading expert on Bhutan who has many years experience visiting and working in this amazing kingdom

+ Essential facts for the visitor including what to bring, how to book, visas, customs, climate, health and money

+ In-depth treatment of each region of the kingdom: what to see, its history and significance

+ Invaluable guide to trekking and mountaineering

+ Special excerpts include: national symbols of Bhutan, archery and other sports, ceremonial scarves, the Dzongkha language, chortens and mandalas

+ Literary extracts add an historical perspective

+ Over 19,000 copies in print

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Francoise Pommaret - Author


Publication Date : October 2009; Latest reprint 2014
Category : TRAVEL/Asia
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622178103
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-810-6
Edition : Sixth Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 23.95, GB£ 14.95
Format : 8in x 5.5in
Pages : 328
Photos : 83
Maps : 5

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