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Bhutan Flag The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in southern Asia. It lies at the extreme eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered by India and the People's Republic of China.

As of 2009, the population of Bhutan was estimated as being 691,141. The country's capital and largest city is Thimphu, which, as of 2005, had an estimated population of 98,676.

Map of Bhutan

Bhutan Country Details


Country Name Bhutan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southern Asia
Flag Bhutan Flag
Principal Language Dzongkha
Capital Thimpju


Web Sites about Bhutan


Coat of Arms of Bhutan
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Dzong (fort) in Punakha, Bhutan

Books about Bhutan


Here are some books about travel to Bhutan:

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Lonely Planet Bhutan (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet

LONELY PLANET
Paperback (320 pages)

Lonely Planet Bhutan (Travel Guide)
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#1 best-selling guide to Bhutan *

Lonely Planet Bhutan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Join the pilgrims at colourful Changangkha Lhakhang, hike to the dramatic cliff -hanging Taktshang Goemba, or explore the busy weekend market at Thimpu; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Bhutan and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Bhutan Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - festivals, architecture, Buddhism, customs, wildlife, history, traditional arts
  • Over 37 maps
  • Covers Thimphu, Paro Dzongkhag, Trongsa Dzongkhag, Mongar Dzongkhag and more

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to Bhutan. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA

Insight Pocket Guide Bhutan (Insight Pocket Guides)
By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
Paperback (144 pages)

Insight Pocket Guide Bhutan (Insight Pocket Guides)
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The extraordinary Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world's most exciting new travel frontiers, a picture-book-beautiful mountain landscape with a rich Buddhist culture. The only country in the world to measure its success by the principals of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is a truly unique place. Insight Pocket Guide Bhutan is a brand-new, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the best that the country has to offer.

Inside Pocket Guide Bhutan:

Where To Go details all the key sights in the country, while handy maps on the cover flaps help you find your way around, and are cross-referenced to the text.

Top 10 Attractions gives a run-down of the best sights to take in on your trip.

Perfect Tour provides an itinerary of the country.

What To Do is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from mountain treks and visiting local festivals to shopping for traditional crafts and textiles.

Essential information on Bhutan's culture, including a brief history of the country.

Eating Out covers the country's best cuisine.

Curated listings of the best hotels and restaurants.

A-Z of all the practical information you'll need.

Lonely Planet Bhutan (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Bradley Mayhew

Lonely Planet
Paperback (304 pages)

Lonely Planet Bhutan (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Bhutan is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit Tiger's Nest, Bhutan's most famous monastery, marvel at the dance routines of the tsechu festival, or trek through the mountainous regions of Bhutan; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Bhutan and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's BhutanTravel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including religion, customs, history, art, architecture, literature, dance, music, landscapes, wildlife and politics
  • Over 35 maps
  • Useful features - including Month by Month (annual festival calendar), Booking Your Trip, and Planning Your Trek
  • Coverage of Thimpu, Paro, Haa, Dagana, Punakha, Gasa, Trashi Yangtse, Wangdue Phodrang, Chhukha, Trongsa, Jakar, Mongar, Lhuentse, Trashigang, Gom Kora, Samdrup Jongkhar, Gelephu, Bumthang, and more

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Lindsay Brown and Bradley Mayhew.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - The New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -Fairfax Media (Australia)

Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
By Jamie Zeppa

Brand: Riverhead Trade
Released: 2000-05-01
Paperback (320 pages)

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Jamie Zeppa was 24 when she left a stagnant life at home and signed a contract to teach for two years in the Buddhist hermit kingdom of Bhutan. Much more than just a travel memoir, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is the story of her time in a Himalayan village, immersed in Bhutanese culture and the wonders of new and lasting love. Whether you're travelling to Bhutan, looking for the best travel writing around, or wishing to be transported to a culture, mindset, and spiritual ethos wonderfully different from your own, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is a joyous and lush memoir that will transform the way you think of faith, Western life, and love.
Bhutan: The Land of Serenity
By Matthieu Ricard

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Bhutan: The Land of Serenity
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“Color-drenched images . . . capture the vibrant rainbow palette of intricate Bhutanese weavings, ceremonial garb, painted pottery, and the ubiquitous wind-whipped prayer flags.” ―Passport Magazine

Tucked away between China and India in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan remains a uniquely distinct country. Few photographers have been granted permission to reside in this long-inaccessible kingdom, now a democracy, where life quietly unfolds to the rhythm of traditions amid the magnificent, unspoiled landscape. Matthieu Ricard, a monk and photographer, spent eight years in Bhutan with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a revered Tibetan Buddhist master, and has continued to return to the “land of the thunder dragon” throughout his life, discovering on each occasion another of its invaluable treasures. His experiences are recorded here in this exceptionally beautiful book, a voyage to the heart of Bhutan, a land where spirituality and daily life are intimately linked. 184 color illustrations
The Bhutan Bucket List: 100 Ways to Unlock Amazing Bhutan (The Bucket List Series)
By Prof R. K. Marjerison

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (146 pages)

The Bhutan Bucket List: 100 Ways to Unlock Amazing Bhutan (The Bucket List Series)
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Mysterious and remote, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is endlessly fascinating. Written by two authors who live and work in Bhutan, The Bhutan Bucket List goes beyond the ‘Shangri-la’ clichés to reveal this incredible country’s realities, its surprises, and its hidden treasures. Intended to provoke, entertain, inform and challenge, it contains a mixture of the spiritual and the worldly, the majestic and the zany, the delightful and the downright odd. Whether you are planning a trip, reflecting fondly on a past visit, or simply dreaming of the mountains from your easy chair, The Bhutan Bucket List will provide you with a great time! To learn more about The Bhutan Bucket List visit our Facebook page TheBhutanBucketList. And please take time to leave Feedback here after you’ve received your book.
Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said "I Do," and Found Bliss
By Linda Leaming

Hay House
Released: 2011-04-01
Paperback (264 pages)

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       Tucked away in the eastern end of the Himalayas lies Bhutan—a tiny, landlocked country bordering China and India. Impossibly remote and nearly inaccessible, Bhutan is rich in natural beauty, exotic plants and animals, and crazy wisdom. It is a place where people are genuinely content with very few material possessions and the government embraces “Gross National Happiness” instead of Gross National Product.

        In this funny, magical memoir, we accompany Linda Leaming on her travels through South Asia, sharing her experiences as she learns the language, customs, and religion; her surprising romance with a Buddhist artist; and her realizations about the unexpected path to happiness and accidental enlightenment.

        As one of the few Americans to have lived in Bhutan, Leaming offers a rare glimpse into the quirky mountain kingdom so many have only dreamed of. For over ten years, Leaming has lived and worked in the town of Thimphu, where there are no traffic lights and fewer than 100,000 people. “If enlightenment is possible anywhere,” she writes, “I think it is particularly possible here.”

        The Bhutanese way of life can seem daunting to most Westerners, whose lives are consumed with time, efficiency, and acquiring things. But Leaming shows us that we don’t necessarily have to travel around the world to appreciate a little Bhutan in our own lives, and that following our dreams is the way to be truly happy.

     

 

Bhutan
By Françoise Pommaret

Brand: McGraw-Hill
Paperback (277 pages)

Bhutan
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Contains excerpts from literature on India, an introduction to palaces, museums, festivals, wildlife, and practical tips on clothing, trekking, and transportation.

Lonely Planet Bhutan (Country Travel Guide)
By Bradley Mayhew

Lonely Planet
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Bhutan is a world that you had only hoped existed. Vertical prayer flags flutter in the breeze and men dressed in a traditional gho and Argyle socks stroll past yellow-roofed shrines. - Bradley Mayhew, Lonely Planet writer

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You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition. We never accept freebies for positive coverage, and you can rely on us to tell it like we see it.

In This Book…

36 maps
53 days of colorful festivals
82 Buddhist buildings
1388km of mountainous road trips
Inspirational photos
Clear, easy-to-use maps
In-depth background
Booking Your Trip special chapter
Comprehensive planning tools
At-a-glance practical info
Bhutan: A Trekker's Guide (Cicerone Guides)
By Bart Jordans

Cicerone Press Limited
Turtleback (336 pages)

Bhutan: A Trekker s Guide (Cicerone Guides)
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A fully revised second edition guide to trekking in this mysterious country.
With 19 treks of between three to 24 days in length, this guide offers a unique perspective to trekking through Bhutan. A thorough introduction offers advice on preparation and fitness, when to go and how to get there, trekking in Bhutan as well as the people and culture of this country.

The guide includes:
• All the stunning trails are  accompanied by full route information
• Information on preparation, health issues, permits and local culture
• Information to ensure a minimum-impact trek
• Illustrated with the author’s own stunning photographs, and full-colour sketch maps of each trek.


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