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Try these books to learn more about Bhutan:

'Beyond the Earth and Sky: A Journey into Bhutan'  by Jamie Zeppa a Canadian teacher working in Bhutan. We read about her transition as she grows to understand that Bhutan is more than the Shangri-la she came to experience and begins to appreciate the complexities and realities of life in Bhutan.

'Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon'  by John Berthold is a unique photographic portrayal of the country by region and cultural group. Something to treasure when you come home and something to awaken your senses to the trip before you go.

'Buttertea at Sunrise: a year in the Bhutan Himalaya'  by Britta Das, a physiotherapist who writes well and honestly about a year working at a small hospital in remote Eastern Bhutan. Great for an understanding of more than just the romantic aspects of this Buddhist Kingdom.

'So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas'  by Barbara Crossette is a very readable book about Buddhism in the Himalayas. It focuses largely on Bhutan because it's the last remaining Buddhist monarchy of the Himalayan region. Although it is unashamedly biased in favour of the Bhutanese monarchy, despite their dubious record of human rights violations toward the Hindu minority, this book is a great introduction to the context of religion in Bhutanese life.

'Birds of Bhutan: Field Guide'  by Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp, Richard Grimmett. Bhutan has immense natural diversity and the birdlike is just one part of this. This

And of course the 'Lonely Planet Bhutan Country Guide' is a good collection of information and things to know and learn about to appreciate your trip to Bhutan.