Contents: Introduction. 1. The unspoiled kingdom. 2. Dzongs and monasteries. 3. Festivals and dances. 4. Religion and art. 5. The people of Bhutan. 6. Eastern Bhutan. 7. The great outdoors. 8. Trekking in Bhutan. 9. The Bhutan Himalayas.
"The Kingdom of Bhutan, sandwiched in the Himalayas between India and the Tibetan region of China, possesses one of the most exotic, striking and unique landscapes in the world. Dzongs, monasteries and houses with architecture found nowhere else in the world; stunningly beautiful people in highly colourful Khos and Kiras dresses; elephants, rhinoceros, snow leopards, blue sheep, mountain goats, bears, golden langurs, variety of birds and, above all, spectacular dances, customs and environment preserved for centuries, make Bhutan a veritable paradise on earth for the adventurous tourist.
"About the size of Switzerland but sparsely populated, it has dense forests, magnificent snow-clad peaks and an extensive network of trekking and cultural circuits. Bhutan is the only country in the world devoted to Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism with red-robed lamas seen all over the country.
"The author, India's most celebrated mountaineer, Captain M.S. Kohli, spend several months in Bhutan in 1984 and again in 2001, working on the master plan for adventure-tourism in the Himalayan kingdom. He has had the good fortune to travel the length and breadth of the country, chronicling all aspects of the life in the kingdom.
"Besides the author's photographs, India's eminent photographer and designer, Dushyant Parasher, who accompanied Captain Kohli to Bhutan in 2001, provides most of the exquisite and breathtaking photographs used in the book. The book is an excellent guide for the tourists, covering all aspects of life in the Himalayan kingdom." (jacket)