The remote and mysterious land of the Thunder Dragon, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Bhutan was a destination for only the hardiest explorer. It is a land of formidably tough terrain, full of narrow valleys separated one from another by high, impassable mountain ranges. Its long history of deep and secret mystical traditions, both Buddhist and other, its mighty and yet gentle kings, the fact that it is located between two giants, India and China, have all been a deterrent to casual travelers. Now this Himalayan kingdom is moving toward democracy. In 2008, Bhutan will celebrate a new democratic constitution based on the happiness of its people: Gross National Happiness. As Bhutan opens its borders, as its popularity in the West increases, it is soon becoming the destination for the adventurous traveler. Only now, after many centuries of being shut from the curious eyes of others, is Bhutan revealing its treasures. Join photographer and explorer Lekha Singh on a journey through this strange and beautiful land. Cliff side monasteries soar above the Paro Valley. The street markets of Thimpu, the only capital city in the world with no traffic lights, bustle with activity. Monks pray beside the Burning Lake, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. Trongsa Dzong, a castle perched high in the Himalayas, floats above the clouds. Lekha's photographs reveal an untouched land, unchanged for hundreds of years: its dances, art, architecture and customs as they have been for centuries. Lekha Singh's photographs are at once deeply intimate and sweepingly majestic. With a foreword by Her Majesty Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, this book captures, perhaps for the last time, the untouched beauty of the people, and landscape of this rare Himalayan land as it slowly embraces modernity.
Book Size: 11"x 9"
Bhutan, Lekha Singh, Mapin Publishing Gp Pty Ltd, Hardcover - Cloth over boards / With dust jacket , 2008, 144 Pages, $50.00
Lekha Singh has traveled the globe for over 25 years, creating art that expresses the commonality of human experience by finding startling and impossible beauty in poor, little known places of destitution and desolation. She works in several mediums including film and photography.