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A Portrait of Bhutan: Treasures of the Thunder Dragon

Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Author)
Synopsis Long regarded as the Forbidden Land Bhutan-or Druk Yul the Land of the Thunder Dragon- was virtually closed to the outside world until the 1960s. Even today little is known about this remote Himalayan Buddhist kingdom nestled between two giant neighbours, India and China. Often described as the Last Shangri La Bhutan is still a country of pristine forests alpine valleys and glacial lakes rich in rare flora and fauna such as the blue poppy the golden langur and the red panda. As spectacular as its natural beauty are the architecture of its towering dzongs and the art treasures that fill its monasteries and temples. Her country is a captivating blend of personal memoir history folklore and travelogue. It provides unique and intimate insights into Bhutanese culture and society with its vivid glimpse of life in Bhutan's villages and hamlets, monasteries and palaces. Her engaging account of her childhood growing up in a village in western Bhutan and the changes she witnessed when the country decided to end its isolation also tells a larger story- that of Bhutan's rapid translation from a medieval kingdom to a modern nation within the space of a decade. The author shares with us her delight in some of the hidden treasure of her country, which she discovered during her journeys on foot to every corner of Bhutan-from highland villages in the shadow of the great Himalayan peaks to serene monasteries wreathed in myth and legend to the rainforest in the south and a centre of the country, which are among the world's richest biodiversity hotsposts. This book with its specially commissioned illustrations by young Bhutanese artists and photographs from the author's family album is essential reading both for those who plan to visit the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon and for armchair travelers who yearn to experience the magic of Bhutan through their imaginations.
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About the author

Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

Her Majesty the Queen of Bhutan was born in 1955 in Nobgang western Bhutan and educated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal India. Her previous book of Rainbows and Clouds a family history was published in 1999. She heads the Tarayana Foundation, which provides medical educational and social support to people and communities living in the most remote areas of Bhutan.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Portrait of Bhutan: Treasures of the Thunder Dragon
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0670999016
length 211p., Maps; 23cm.