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Lonely Planet - Bhutan
The best and most up-to-date guide for travel related information.
Armington, Stan (1998)Lonely Planet, Australia

Odyssey Guides - Introduction to Bhutan
Comprehensive guide with better pictures and cultural information.
Pommaret, Francoise (1991) Odyssey, Hong Kong


Folktales of Bhutan
Stories documenting Bhutan's rich oral tradition.
Choden, Kunzang (1993)White Lotus, Bangkok

Bhutanese Tales of the Yeti
Follow up to Folktales of Bhutan.
Choden, Kunzang (1997)White Lotus, Bangkok

So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas
Excellent journalistic account with a religious focus.
Crossette, Barbara (1995)Alfred Knopf, New York

Mission to Bhutan: a Nation in Transition
The experiences of an Indian diplomat in the late 1960s.
Das, B. S. (1995)South Asia Books

Kingdoms Beyond the Clouds: Journeys in Search of the Himalayan Kings
Interviews with the Himalayan monarchs.
Gregson, Jonathan (2000)Macmillan, London

The Hero with the Thousand Eyes
Story of a courtier serving the Second King.
Ura, Karma (1995)Thimphu

Of Rainbows and Clouds
Family history of Their Majesties the Queens of Bhutan.
Wangchuck, HM Ashi Dorji Wangmo (1999)London

Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
Experiences of a Canadian volunteer.
Zeppa, Jamie (1999)Macmillan, London


Bhutan: The Early History of a Himalayan Kingdom
Bhutanese history up to the 15th Century.
Aris, Michael (1979)Serinda, Warminster

The Raven Crown: The Origins of Buddhist Monarchy in Bhutan
Biography of a 20th Century Himalayan monarchy.
Aris, Michael (1994)Serinda, London

Bhutan: Aspects of Culture and Development
Respective authors tackle aspects of traditional culture and modernization.
Aris, M & Hutt M. (eds.) (1994)Gartmore, Kiscadale

Bhutan: Perspectives on Conflict and Dissent
Various perspectives on the Southern Problem of the early 1990s.
Hutt, Michael (eds) (1994)Gartmore, Kiscadale

Bhutan 2020: A Vision of Peace, Prosperity and Happiness
Royal Government of Bhutan Government vision for the future of Bhutan.
Planning Commission (1999)

The Politics of Bhutan
The Bhutanese political system (of the mid-seventies).
Rose, Leo (1977)Cornell University Press

Bhutan: Mountain Fortress of the Gods
Collection of experts provide excellent introduction to Bhutan.
Schicklgruber, C & Pommaret, F (eds.) (1997)Serindia, London

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