Lonely Planet Bhutan (Travel Guide) Paperback – 1 Mar 2014
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Although most people travel to Bhutan in small-group locally-organised tours, it is possible to visit the country independently -a legal permit is necessary and previous lengthy detailed application is needed- or semi-dependently by telling the local travel agent the places you want to go and visit and stay. This being the case, I consider the guide a good tool for all sort of travellers, not just the majority using guided tours.
Bhutan History is complex, and historical facts, myth and religion mix in ways that are difficult to separate at times. The authors make a terrific job at condensing and distilling it for the foreign reader in ways that are understandable and entertaining, and surprisingly unbiased at times (read for example the pages devoted to English interventionism).
I also loved the approach to Buthanese Buddhist customs and ways of living, and all the info about Buddhism in Bhutan (Mahayana Buddhism is so complicate!) which are very important to put into practice to show respect and get respect back from the locals, and to understand what is going on in a country that breathes Buddhism. I also found the book very good to find out on matters that some of the guides found embarrassing or inappropriate to comment upon or reply to because they relate to "odd" practices re monk behaviour, etc., so this book will tell you what some local guides won't.
The Kindle edition is truly useful, easy to carry around, with linked cross-references that make the book easy to move back and forth. My only complain is about the design with the use of left justification instead of complete justification, like so very 20th century!, which makes the book look amateurish and unpolished.
The selection of photographs is terrific.