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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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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)

Bhutan, The Land of Serenity

Bhutan, The Land of Serenity

by Matthieu Ricard

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A Buddhist monk, photographer and French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, Ricard draws on his time in Bhutan over the last 25 years for this intimate portrait. With illuminating chapters on the remarkable Khyentse Rinpoche, sacred art, architecture, dancing monks and ceremonies. (BHU34, $19.95)

The Great Hill Stations of Asia

The Great Hill Stations of Asia

by Barbara Crossette

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A modern tour of the mountain enclaves of colonial Asia -- appreciative, magnificently researched and engaging. (ASA13, $16.00)

A Journey in Ladakh

A Journey in Ladakh

by Andrew Harvey

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

The vivid account of a 1981 journey by a young English poet searching for ancient Buddhist traditions in remote Ladakh. (HML15, $18.95)

Himalaya Map

Himalaya Map

by Nelles

  • MAP

A colorful regional map of the Himalayas at a scale of 1:1,500,000, including Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Sikkim. (HML09, $13.95)

 
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)

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment


by Stephen Bezruchka

  • REFERENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide. (REF02, $8.95)

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya


by Garry Weare

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Now in its fifth edition, this guide is great for both practical trail information and general historical and cultural background on the region. Filled throughout with maps and detailed descriptions of treks. (IDA241, $24.99)

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya


by Joseph Bindloss | Bradley Mayhew

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 436 PAGES

This classic guide, now in its eighth edition, is great for both practical trail information and general information on the region. (NPL23, $22.99)

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)

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)

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas


by Peter Harrison

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim book recreates the dramatic and colorful fortifications of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan, recounting their history through foreign incursions, religious conflicts and civil wars to the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama from Potala Palace in 1959. (HML117, $18.95)

Himalaya, Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge, and Hope on the Roof of the World

Himalaya, Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge, and Hope on the Roof of the World


by Broughton Coburn | Richard C. Blum | Erica Stone

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

A beautifully photographed overview of the geology, history and people of the Himalayas. (HML78, $35.00)

India

India


by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a wonderfully literate, succinct primer. (IDA04, $29.95)

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)

The Raven Crown

The Raven Crown


by Michael Aris

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

Aris chronicles the rise of the Wangchuk dynasty in this beautifully illustrated history of the kingdom and its 20th-century monarchy, featuring 106 rare photographs. (BHU02, $60.00)

The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard


by Peter Matthiessen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas. (NPL03, $17.00)

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)

Himalayan Passage, Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, & Pakistan

Himalayan Passage, Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, & Pakistan


by Jeremy Schmidt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

National Geographic expert Jeremy Schmidt and photographer Patrick Morrow recount their circumnavigation of the Himalayas, accompanied by their wives. Their journey by bike, truck and foot across Tibet, Nepal, China, India and Pakistan is illustrated with 32 pages of color photographs. (HML05, $18.95)

Arresting God in Kathmandu

Arresting God in Kathmandu


by Samrat Upadhyay

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

This collection of stories explores the nature of desire and spirituality in modern Nepali society. (NPL61, $14.95)

The Circle of Karma, A Novel

The Circle of Karma, A Novel


by Kunzang Choden

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

The first novel by a Bhutanese woman, this lyrical coming-of-age story explores the rituals of daily life in Bhutan. When Tsomo's mother suddenly dies, the young girl must travel alone across Bhutan and into India. (BHU26, $14.00)

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)

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