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Treasures of the Thunder Dragon
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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 (fortresses) and the art treasures that fill its monasteries and temples. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck's portrait of 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 glimpses of life in Bhutan's villages and hamlets, monasteries and palaces. 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 travellers who yearn to experience the magic of Bhutan through their imaginations.
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Tha author is the Queen of Bhutan. She was born 1n 1955 in western Bhutan and educated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. she heads the Tarayana foundation which provides medical, educational, and social support. She is the author of several other books.

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