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Hidden Bhutan

Entering the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

Distributed for Haus Publishing

Hidden Bhutan

Entering the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

In 2006 Time magazine listed the King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, as one of the 100 "leaders and revolutionaries" who are changing our world today. Yet it was only in the 1960s that the first road linking the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon with India was opened, and since 1974 only a strictly limited number of tourists have been allowed to visit each year. Martin Uitz, a renowned expert on Bhutan, describes how the Bhutanese, in pursuit of the principle of "Gross National Happiness", are carefully moving towards a more modern future, including a constitution and democracy, whilst preserving their traditional society and attempting to conserve the environment. Uitz made many fascinating discoveries in this enigmatic Kingdom. He was able to explain why the only traffic light was taken out of service, why six men are not allowed to go on a journey together, and what the subtle eroticism of a traditional hot-stone bath is all about. Along the way he also discovered that the Bhutanese hills are more alive with Edelweiss than the hills around his native Salzburg.

120 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2006

Travel and Tourism: Tourism and History


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Table of Contents

Why there are No Traffic Lights in Thimphu
State Visit on Foot
The Hardest Trek in the World
Encounters in the Wood
The Hour of the Leopard
The Potent Caterpillar
Passing out in a Wooden Trough
The Naked Men of Bumthang
With a Dagger in his Belly and His Hands in Boiling Oil
The Visit from the Reincarnated Man
Electricity Comes Out of a Socket
Gross National Happiness
Outlawing Addictions
Glossary

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