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Kingdoms Beyond the Clouds

By Jonathan Gregson

Published Jan 2010

Of the numerous Himalayan kingdoms, of princely states which survived until the British left India, only two – Nepal and Bhutan – are now fully fledged sovereign states. The others have been annexed or otherwise ‘integrated’ into their larger neighbours. Yet in many cases, the royal family survives and remains the focus of local traditions and loyalities.

Johnathan Gregson has travelled widely throughout the Himalayan region, to Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, Mustang and Dhramsala, in search of their kingly rulers. Kingdoms Beyond the Clouds is the story of these journeys and of his conversations with these often elusive leaders.