ISBN 9780670999019,Treasures Of The Thunder Dragon

Treasures Of The Thunder Dragon



Penguin Global

Publication Year 2006

ISBN 9780670999019

ISBN-10 0670999016

Hard Back

Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)

Religious groups

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. Her engaging account of her childhood, growing up in a village in western Bhutan and the changes she witnessed when the country decided to end its isolation also tells a larger story?that of Bhutan?s rapid transition from a medieval kingdom to a modern nation within the space of a decade. About the Author Her Majesty the Queen of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, was born in 1955 in Nobgang, western Bhutan, and educated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Her previous book, Of Rainbows and Clouds, a family history, was published in 1999. She heads the Tarayana Foundation, which provides medical, educational and social support to people and communities living in the most remote areas of Bhutan.