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Bhutan

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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Essential Reading Package-EXBHU15

Item EXBHU15. Buy these 4 items as a set for $75 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Odyssey Guide Bhutan

BHU03
Francoise Pommaret
Odyssey Publications
2009
326
9622178103
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.95

The Blessings of Bhutan

BHU16
Russ and Blyth Carpenter
University of Hawaii Press
2002
192
0824826795
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
1
0
Head-over-heels in love with Bhutan, the Carpenters introduce their adopted home, its people, customs, religion and history.
$26.99

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

NPL04
Barbara Crossette
Vintage Books
1996
297
0679743634
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.95

Bhutan & Northern India Map

BHU06
ITMB
ITMB
2012
1
1553411528
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.95

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best

TLD40
Sylvie Franquet, Anthony Sattin
Fodor's
2015
128
1101879416
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights.
$13.99

Lonely Planet Bhutan

BHU11
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
320
1786573237
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

TBT15
Robert Thurman
HarperCollins
1996
317
0062510517
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas

HML117
Peter Harrison
Osprey Publishing
2011
64
1849083967
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

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

HML78
Broughton Coburn (Editor), Richard C. Blum (Editor), Erica Stone (Editor)
National Geographic
2006
256
0792261925
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This beautifully photographed overview of the geology, history and people of the Himalayas includes contributions by several National Geographic photographers, introductions by Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama, and an afterward by Sir Edmund Hillary.
$35.00

Material World

GEN02
Paul Kennedy, Charles C. Mann, Peter Menzel
Sierra Club Books
1995
255
0871564300
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

The History of Bhutan

BHU43
Karma Phuntsho
University of Chicago Press
2014
661
1908323582
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive history of Bhutan, a very young nation and the happiest country in Asia.
$50.00

The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa

BHU24
Sarah Harding
Random House
2003
200
1559391944
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A translation of the stories, meditations and discussions of Pema Lingpa (1450-1521), an important figure in Bhutanese religious history.
$21.95

Walking

WLK04
Henry David Thoreau
HarperCollins
1994
92
0062511130
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.
$9.99

What Makes You Not a Buddhist

TBT96
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Shambhala
2007
128
1590304063
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
Tibetan lama and filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse (Travellers and Magicians) gives a decidedly modern take on dharma, happiness, suffering and enlightenment in this engaging primer.
$15.95

From the Land of the Thunder Dragon

BHU01
Susan S. Bean (Editor), Diana K. Myers (Editor)
Serindia
2008
248
0906026334
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This magnificent survey, featuring 130 color photographs, illuminates with authority the huge cultural significance of weaving in Bhutan. With contributions by Michael Aris, Francoise Pommaret, Susan Bean and principal author Diana Myers, it's the definitive book on the subject, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum.
$50.00

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

BHU08
Jamie Zeppa
Riverhead Books
1999
303
157322815X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Married to Bhutan

BHU36
Linda Leaming
Hay House
2011
256
1401928463
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Enraptured by the customs, land and people of Bhutan, where she has lived and worked for 10 years, Leaming writes with humor and candor about her often-bumpy cultural immersion, her romance with a Buddhist artist and her unexpected path to happiness.
$14.95

Radio Shangri-La

BHU35
Lisa Napoli
Crown
2012
304
0307453030
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Napoli writes with easy grace in this memoir of her time working on a fledgling Bhutanese radio station. With frankness and clarity she discusses the contradictions, poverty and reality of much mythologized Bhutan as it lurches into democracy and the modern world.
$15.00

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of India, Including Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan

IDA731
Bikram Grewal
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
176
1909612073
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy field guide to 280 bird species common to the Indian subcontinent. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide’s colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, size distribution, preferred habitats and nomenclature.
$17.95

Photographic Guide to Birds of the Himalayas

HML31
Bikram Grewal
Ralph Curtis Publishing
1999
144
088359045X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Travellers and Magicians

BHU22
Khyentse Norbu (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
2005
5975107237
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

More Books

Birds of India

FG43
Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
Princeton University Press
2012
384
0691049106
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference.
$39.50

Bhutan, A Trekker's Guide

BHU23
Bart Jordans
Cicerone
2008
332
1852845538
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to 27 treks and walks throughout the mountain kingdom with color photographs and detailed sketch maps throughout.
$24.95

Bhutan, The Land of Serenity

BHU34
Matthieu Ricard
Thames & Hudson
2012
232
050029044X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Worth Looking For

The Raven Crown

BHU02
Michael Aris
Serindia
2005
160
1932476210
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
1
Aris chronicles the rise of the Wangchuk dynasty in this beautifully illustrated history of Bhutan and its 20th-century monarchy, featuring 106 rare photographs.
$60.00

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

BHU21
John Berthold
Wisdom Publications
2005
162
086171282X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
A striking portfolio of color photographs of the people, villages, annual religious festivals, landscapes and Buddhist traditions of Bhutan.
$29.95