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Bhutan : Himalayan Mountain Kingdom,9789622177024

Bhutan : Himalayan Mountain Kingdom

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9789622177024

ISBN10:
9622177026
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
5/1/2003
Publisher(s):
W W Norton & Co Inc
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface 10(1)
Introduction 11(4)
Note on the Spelling of Proper Names in Bhutan
15(1)
Note on Pronunciation
15(2)
Facts for the Traveller
17(30)
Getting to Bhutan
17(2)
Theme Trips
19(2)
Entry or Exit by Air
21(4)
Airport Tax
25(1)
Entry or Exit by Land
25(2)
Visas
27(1)
Embasseries and Missions
27(1)
Customs
28(1)
Money
28(1)
Post and Communications
29(1)
Internet
29(1)
Local Time
30(1)
Health
30(1)
Climate
31(1)
Clothing
32(1)
Equipment and Supplies
33(1)
Photography
34(1)
Electricity
34(1)
Food and Drink
34(6)
Leisure and Beauty Care
40(1)
Shopping
40(6)
Monuments Open to Visitors
46(1)
Geography
47(9)
Geography and Population
47(8)
Flora and Fauna
55(1)
History
56(14)
The Economy and Challenges
70(5)
Arts and Architecture
75(17)
Religion
92(8)
Tantric Buddhism
92(3)
Rituals
95(1)
Ritual Objects
95(1)
Religious Schools
96(1)
The Religion in Practice
97(3)
Festivals, Dance and Music
100(21)
Religious Dances and Music
104(8)
Religious Music
112(1)
Secular Dances and Music
112(9)
Western Bhutan
121(75)
The Paro Valley
121(30)
Thimphu
151(19)
Day Walks from Thimphu
170(2)
The South: Chhuzom to Phuentsholing
172(2)
Phuentsholing
174(1)
The Road to Punakha and Wangduephodrang
175(3)
Punakha
178(5)
Wangduephodrang
183(2)
The Central Road
185(11)
Central Bhutan
196(41)
Trongsa Dzong
196(4)
Zhemgang Region (Khyeng)
200(5)
The Road from Trongsa to Bumthang
205(1)
The Bumthang Valleys
205(1)
The Chumey Valley
206(5)
The Choekhor Valley
211(17)
The Tang Valley
228(7)
The Ura Valley
235(2)
Eastern Bhutan
237(13)
The Road from Ura to Monggar
237(1)
Monggar
238(1)
The Road from Monggar to Lhuntshi
239(2)
The Road from Monggar to Trashigang
241(1)
Trashigang
242(6)
The South: Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar
248(2)
Trekking and Mountaineering
250(12)
General Advice
250(1)
What to Bring
251(3)
The Classic Treks
254(5)
Mountaineering
259(3)
National Parks
262(1)
Parks and Nature Reserves
262(1)
Glossaries
263(6)
Historical Figures, Saints and Others
263(3)
Deities of the Buddhist Pantheon in Bhutan and their Sanskrit Equivalents
266(1)
Common Trees and Plants
267(2)
Recommended Reading 269(5)
Index 274


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