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Darjeeling, Sikkim & Bhutan

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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.
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Essential Reading Package-EXHML63

Item EXHML63. Buy these 4 items as a set for $59 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

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

NPL04
Barbara Crossette
Vintage Books
1996
297
0679743634
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
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

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

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

Sikkim & India Northeast Map

HML75
ITMB
ITMB
2012
1
155341084X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A full-color detailed map of Sikkim, the state between India and Chinese-controlled Tibet. Includes interesting temples/pagodas and an inset map of Kolkata. Scales are 1:135,000 and 1,5000,000.
$12.95

Love Delhi

IDA403
Fiona Caulfeld
Love Travel Guides
2013
184
8191024845
BOXED
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Packaged in very fashionable locally woven cloth, this beautifully made, discerning guide captures the soul of the city, pointing with authority to neighborhoods, shops, markets, restaurants and attractions. A labor of love by the Bangalore-based Fiona Caulfield and friends. Third edition.
$50.00

Shangri-la: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream

HML84
Michael Buckley
Bradt Publications
2008
191
1841622044
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With marvelous chapters on the many meanings and myths surrounding Shangri-La, Buckley's practical guide covers the contenders for this mythical Himalayan paradise in Southwest China, Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. With many maps and color photographs.
$25.99

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

GEN333
Tom Standage
Bloomsbury USA
2005
240
0802715524
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A highly enjoyable chronicle of the prestige, power, politics and pleasures of key beverages through the ages. Standage argues that the drinks that have mattered, since the Stone Age, are, in chronological order: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola. Each chapter is a vivid history of politics, prestige, colonialism, commerce and society.
$17.00

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

IDA06
William Dalrymple
Penguin Putnam
2003
350
0142001007
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with its art, architecture, history and literature.
$17.00

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

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

Turning the Mind Into an Ally

BHU25
Sakyong Mipham
Antique Collector's Club
2004
234
157322345X
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A guide to meditation and practical introduction to teachings of the Shambhala Buddhist community, which has strong ties to Bhutan.
$16.00

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

The Great Hill Stations of Asia

ASA13
Barbara Crossette
Hachette
1998
272
0465014887
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A modern tour of the mountain enclaves of colonial Asia -- appreciative, magnificently researched and engaging.
$16.00

Plain Tales from the Hills

IDA629
Rudyard Kipling
Penguin
2011
336
0141442395
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Kipling's 40 short tales -- set largely in and about Simla, the mountain town and summer capital of the Raj -- capture the tensions and contradictions of colonial life in British India.
$13.00

Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

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

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

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An Area of Darkness

IDA13
V.S. Naipaul
Alfred Knopf
2002
267
0375708359
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A reflective, personal account of Naipaul's travels in India in 1962 -- a portrait of a time and place and searing, honest chronicle of the country during transition.
$15.95

Travelers' Tales India

IDA05
James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger
Traveler's Tales
2004
496
1932361014
PAPER
Anthology
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
A collection of 45 descriptive and thought-provoking short excerpts on Indian life and culture, including contributions from Rushdie, Naipaul and Dalrymple, plus some valuable excerpts from books long out of print.
$19.95

The Snow Leopard

NPL03
Peter Matthiessen
Penguin
2008
368
0143105515
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
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
$17.00

From the Land of the Thunder Dragon

BHU01
Susan S. Bean (Editor), Diana K. Myers (Editor)
Serindia
2008
248
0906026334
PAPER
Art & Architecture
1/1/2112
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

A Journey in Ladakh

HML15
Andrew Harvey
Houghton Mifflin Company
2000
236
0618056750
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The vivid account of a 1981 journey by a young English poet searching for ancient Buddhist traditions in remote Ladakh.
$18.95

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

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

India Northeast Bangladesh Map

IDA98
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2
3865742319
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map (1:1,500,000) covers Arunchal Pradesh, Assam and adjoining Tibet, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Burma.
$13.95

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

India Unveiled

IDA107
Robert Arnett
Atman Press
2007
215
0965290018
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A celebration of the people, landscapes and traditional culture of India, organized regionally and featuring 268 beautiful color photographs. It's a revealing, insightful portrait of the country combining history, geography and travelogue.
$55.00

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

REF02
Stephen Bezruchka
Mountaineers
2005
128
0898866855
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide.
$8.95

Meeting God, Elements of Hindu Devotion

IDA132
Thomas Moore (Introduction), Stephen Huyler
Yale University Press
2002
271
0300089058
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A stunningly photographed introduction to the rituals and daily devotion of contemporary Hinduism in India. A companion to the traveling exhibition "Puja, Expressions of Hindu Devotion."
$29.00

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

IDA151
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
312
1465428259
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With chapters on the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans.
$25.00

Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

IDA192
Ayesha Jalal, Sugata Bose
Routledge
2011
270
041577943X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This scholarly, brief history of India up to the 1990s is particularly good at its coverage of the post-Independence political landscape. It's a popular textbook, co-authored by a Pakistani and an Indian.
$44.95

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

In the Land of the Blue Poppies

ASA35
Frank Kingdon-Ward, Tom Christopher (Editor), Jamaica Kincaid (Introduction)
Modern Library
2003
242
0812967399
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Expert Tom Christopher presents excerpts from intrepid Kingdon-Ward's fascinating accounts of plant-hunting adventures in Tibet, Burma and the Himalayas in the early 20th century.
$19.00

The Inheritance of Loss

IDA303
Kiran Desai
Grove Press
2006
336
0802142818
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Alternating between a once grand household in northern India and the life of the cook's son in New York, this novel by the marvelous and wise Desai skewers the aspirations and reality of both worlds.
$14.95

Hinduism, A Very Short Introduction

IDA329
Kim Knott
Oxford University Press
2016
160
0198745540
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
An introduction to the beliefs and practice of Hinduism, and a consideration of its influence in India and around the world.
$11.95

Tales of the Rose Tree, Ravishing Rhododendrons and Their Travels Around the World

GEN372
Jane Brown
David R. Godine
2006
320
1567923127
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
An English garden writer, Brown offers an entertaining, learned whirlwind tour through the social, commercial and botanical history of the much-loved ornamental, including a roundup of early collecting forays into Asia and the Himalayas.
$35.00