Hidden Bhutan : Entering The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon
Author : MARTIN UITZ
Binding : In Box
Size : NA
Language : English
Pages : 196
Publisher : Timeless Books
Year of Publication : 2013
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 1960’s 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 it 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 conserving the environment. He explains why the only set of traffic lights in the capital was taken out of service, discovers the truth about the famous Naked Men of Bumthang, and describes the subtle eroticism of a traditional hot stone bath.
This is a fascinating insight into a little-known country that is engaging with the stresses of modernization and opening up to the wider world in a unique way.