The Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan - or Druk Yul, the land of the Thunder Dragon - is often described as the Last Shangri La. A country of pristine forests and flower -filled alpine valleys, dotted with imposing dzongs (fortresses) and serene monasteries, Bhutan has also captured the world's imagination with its unique philosophy of governance, which measures the country's progress and development through gross national happiness rather than gross domestic product. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck's portrait of her country is a captivating blend of personal memoir, history, folklore and travelogue. it provides intimate insights into Bhutanese culture and society and vivid glimpses of life in its villages, monasteries and palaces. her engaging account of her childhood also tells a larger story - that of Bhutan's rapid transition from a medival kingdom cut off from the outside world to a vibrant modern democracy. the author also reveals Bhutan's 'hidden treasures', discovered during her arduous journeys on foot to the remotest corners of her country, from obscure highland hamlets in the shadow of great Himalayan peaks to rainforests that are among the world's richest biodiversity hotspots. With stunning illustrations by young Bhutanese artists, and photographs from the author's family albums, this book gives the reader a rare inside view of a unique and magical land.