Item description for Bhutan: Himalayan Mountain Kingdom, Fifth Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) by Francoise Pommaret...
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 Franoise 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.
* Extensively revised and updated by the world's leading expert on Bhutan who has many years' experience visiting and working in this amazing kingdom * Essential facts for the visitor including what to bring, how to book, visas, customs, climate, health and money * 67 color photographs * 3 maps * In-depth treatment of each region of the kingdom: what to see, its history and significance * Invaluable guide to trekking and mountaineering * Special excerpts include: national symbols of Bhutan, archery and other sports, ceremonial scarves, the Dzongkha language, chortens and mandalas * Literary excerpts add a historical perspective
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Studio: Odyssey Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2006
Publisher Odyssey Publications
ISBN 9622177573 ISBN13 9789622177574
Availability 0 units.
More About Francoise Pommaret
Bhutan resident Francoise Pommaret is a French ethno-historian and Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris on secondment to the Royal University of Bhutan.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bhutan: Himalayan Mountain Kingdom, Fifth Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)?
Get another guidebook for Bhutan. Apr 22, 2007
This guidebook to Bhutan was not at all helpful. It is filled with tiny details which may be of interest to the devotee, but gives the average traveler very limited background. You can read about the many different kinds of chortens, for example, but you will find the discussion of Tantric Buddhism in general perplexing. The maps are not good, and no attempt is made to separate the spectacular (such as the Punakha Dzong) from the mundane (such as the Thimpu Dzong). The information on trekking is very limited and dated. Get the Lonely Planet guide, along with the Bart Jordan book on trekking-if you intend to do a trek. Bhutan is a very expensive country to visit, and you should have a better guide in hand before your visit.
A book for appreciating and understanding Bhutan Dec 4, 2006
I have traveled extensively in the Far East, but have never before to Bhutan, until now (2007). I always like to read up on places before I visit them and generally travel as independently as reasonably possible. I purchased both this book and the Lonely Planet guide and found the combination excellent. This book has more about the places, the people and their customs and the history. Don't expect it to be a comprehensive list of places to stay and places to eat. It contrasts well with Lonely Planet's backpacker's reference book image. I think this is a good book and doubt whether you will be disappointed if you buy it.