In order to really make the most of your holiday, it is worthwhile to do a bit of reading about the country before you go. Bhutan has just four bookshops – three of them in Thimphu – and a limited selection of books in English, so we do recommend you try to buy before you go.
Most of the books you will find on Bhutan are printed in India and can also be found in small quantities in handicraft shops. Most luxury hotels have good libraries for this reason.
Here, we have compiled our reading list, a selection of personal recommendations which form a great introduction to Bhutan, from basic reference and guides, to literary fiction.
Bhutan by Odyssey
An essential guide to the country, this provides an in-depth introduction to the Himalayan Kingdom’s history, culture and customs. It has detailed information on nearly everything you would need