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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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The Blessings of Bhutan

The Blessings of Bhutan

by Russ and Blyth Carpenter

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Head-over-heels in love with Bhutan, the Carpenters introduce their adopted home, its people, customs, religion and history. (BHU16, $26.99)

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

by Jamie Zeppa

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

Zeppa's memoir of her time as a teacher in a remote Bhutanese village shows her growing love and commitment to the people and culture. (BHU08, $16.00)

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

So Close to Heaven, The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

by Barbara Crossette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Asia correspondent for the New York Times Crossette portrays Bhutan and neighboring Ladakh and Sikkim as strongholds of Tantric Buddhism in an increasingly homogenized world. (NPL04, $16.95)

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

by Robert Thurman

  • RELIGION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites. (TBT15, $14.99)

Bhutan & Northern India Map

Bhutan & Northern India Map

by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

A double-sided traveler's map at an excellent scale of 1:345,000 with a larger scale map of Northern India and Bhutan on the reverse. (BHU06, $12.95)

 
Lonely Planet Bhutan

Lonely Planet Bhutan


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A guide to Bhutan with a good overview of culture, history and nature, sketch maps, a section of color photographs and plenty of practical detail on sightseeing and treks. (BHU11, $29.99)

Odyssey Guide Bhutan

Odyssey Guide Bhutan


by Francoise Pommaret

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

An authoritative overview of the kingdom, enhanced by color photographs, well-chosen literary excerpts and many maps, this guide by Bhutan expert and ethnographer Pommaret is exceptionally good. With a general introduction to the history, geography, economy, flora and fauna, festivals and the arts. (BHU03, $23.95)

Bhutan, A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom

Bhutan, A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom


by Michael Hawley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 218 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Hawley's little big book, still an impressive five pounds, features hundreds of photographs of the landscapes, places, festivals and especially the people of Bhutan. Drawn from the world's largest book, a 150-pound technical marvel. All proceeds from the book are donated by the publisher to education in Bhutan. (BHU20, $100.00)

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism


by John Powers

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 591 PAGES

A comprehensive study of the history and philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism, suitable for the general reader. (TBT40, $32.95)

Material World

Material World


by Paul Kennedy | Charles C. Mann | Peter Menzel

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 255 PAGES

An inspired idea, this book documents 30 families around the world with all their possessions artfully arrayed around them. It includes a particularly good chapter on a Bhutanese family. (GEN02, $29.95)

Religions of Tibet in Practice

Religions of Tibet in Practice


by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 421 PAGES

A collection of 36 essays and translated texts by scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, including selections on prayers, pilgrimages, death and ritual. (TBT16, $37.50)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead


by Robert Thurman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

A key text as presented by Robert Thurman for a western audience. This is the Tibetan guidebook to dying or "the between," written in the 8th or 9th century by Padma Sambhava. (TBT06, $18.00)

Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up, A Practical Approach for Modern Life

Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up, A Practical Approach for Modern Life


by B. Alan Wallace

  • RELIGION
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 214 PAGES

A straightforward primer on the essentials of Buddhism as practiced in Tibet. The book is the result of a lecture series introducing the practice of Buddhism to the general public. (TBT19, $17.95)

Memoirs of a Political Officer's Wife in Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan

Memoirs of a Political Officer's Wife in Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan


by Margaret D. Williamson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • OUT OF PRINT

Williamson, the wife of a British political officer stationed in Gangtok in the 1930s, captures the culture, society and flavor of the region in this wonderfully personal account. (BHU05, $18.95)

Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as Told to His Daughter

Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as Told to His Daughter


by Ashi Dorji Wangmo

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A memoir of her father by one of Bhutan's four current queens. It's a vivid, personal account of the Wangchuck dynasty -- and of life and society in the Himalayan Kingdom -- as told by the 70-year-old Yab Ugyen Dorji to his daughter. (BHU10, $39.95)

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker: Traveller and Plant Collector


by Raymond Desmond

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 286 PAGES

A biography of the Victorian explorer and botanist featuring Hooker's illustrations and excerpts from his "Himalayan Journals" (GEN79, $49.50)

The Birds of Heaven, Travels With Cranes


by Peter Matthiessen | Robert Bateman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Matthiessen traveled with the cranes to Siberia, Japan, Mongolia, North America, China, Bhutan, East Africa, Australia, India and Texas for this handsomely illustrated, informative book. He interweaves his travels with insightful commentary on the conservation, ecology, and the significance of the crane in art and culture. (BRD11, $16.00)

Concise Flowers of the Himalaya

Concise Flowers of the Himalaya


by Oleg Polunin | Adam Stainton

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A condensed version of the classic Flowers of the Himalayas featuring the same 700 color photographs and 315 line drawings but with shorter descriptive information. (HML17, $25.00)

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas


by Bikram Grewal

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A pocket guide to 250 birds found from the foothills up to high elevations ranging from the Hindu Kush and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. With brief descriptive information, maps and 260 full-color illustrations. (HML31, $15.95)

Travellers and Magicians

Travellers and Magicians


by Khyentse Norbu

  • FILM
  • 2005
  • DVD

The first feature shot on location in Bhutan, this film, directed by a respected lama, follows a young official on his odyssey across the country. Along the way he is joined by a mischievous monk, an elderly peddler and an old man with his daughter. (BHU22, $29.99)

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