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Lonely Planet Bhutan 4th Ed.: 4th Edition [Paperback]

Bradley Mayhew
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Feb. 22 2011 Country Travel Guide
Bhutan is a world that you had only hoped existed. Vertical prayer flags flutter in the breeze and men dressed in a traditional gho and Argyle socks stroll past yellow-roofed shrines. - Bradley Mayhew, Lonely Planet writer

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36 maps
53 days of colorful festivals
82 Buddhist buildings
1388km of mountainous road trips
Inspirational photos
Clear, easy-to-use maps
In-depth background
Booking Your Trip special chapter
Comprehensive planning tools
At-a-glance practical info

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"Down to earth, accurate information for every budget, enthusiastically written." -- Travel and Leisure --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ever drawn to Himalayan peaks and Tibetan Buddhist communities, Bradley has been travelling to Tibetan areas from Ladakh to eastern Tibet for over a decade now. He coordinated the last two editions of Lonely Planet's Nepal and the last three editions of Tibet, and has written the Tibetan areas of LP's China and South-west China guides. British-born and nomadic at heart, Bradley currently lives under the big skies of Montana. Bradley is also the co-author of Lonely Planet guides to Central Asia, Jordan, Shanghai and Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and has worked on Lonely Planet guides from Morocco to Mongolia. He is also the co-author and photographer of the Odyssey guide to Uzbekistan and has lectured on Central Asia at the Royal Geographic Society.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lonely Planet is unbelieveable! They continually pump out the HIGHEST quality guidebooks, and they've done it again with this edition covering Bhutan. I have spent a good portion of my life researching, and hording information on Bhutan, and have found Lonely Planet's guidebook to contain everything and more that the traveller could ever want...with two exceptions. I think that the lack of the U'cen script in the language chapter is a serious mistake. Lonely Planet has the capacity to print in the U'cen script as they did so in their Tibet edition. My other qualm is with the sparse coverage of the smaller and admittedly FAR less visited dzongkhags (districts) (i.e., Daga, Samdrup Jongkhar, Pema Gatshel, Zhemgang, Tsirang, etc.). Lonely Planet, resolve these issues and your book will be the best it could be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above the rest Aug. 21 2001
If you're thinking of going to Bhutan, be advised there's not a whole lot out there to read in preparation, and of what there is, this guide is one of the best. Tourist travel in Bhutan is strictly controlled, and your itinerary is usually planned in advance, so lots of info on hotels, etc. isn't all that necessary. This guide focuses on history, culture and the life of the people--food, housing, dress. Along with the Passport/Odyssey guide by Pommerat, it's all you need. Have fun!
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I have no bounds whatsoever to the Lonely Planet publishing house, other than a deep emotional affection towards their guidebooks. Yet, as a world traveler, I cannot but admire their comprehensive coverage of virtually every corner of the world. Almost every place you could dream of visiting is covered in one or more of their guidebooks. And as one would expect... they also made it to this tiny Himalayan kingdom, where less than 4'000 tourists visit each year. The guidebook is great and contains all you need - plenty of information, data, tips, advice, as well as very well written (actually fascinating !) sections on the local history, culture, religion, architecture, etc. At first impact, the guidebook may prove a little disappointing to you, as it explains that most travelers can only go to Bhutan on a guided tour. But this is not quite what it sounds: a guided tour will be tailored just for you - with only 4'000 tourists a year you won't mind being 'guided'. Since you are likely to be in Bhutan with your own guide, this book may not be an essential tool for travel survival, but it surely is a wonderful tool that will make your stay more enjoyable and fascinating. It will enable you to tell your guide what you want to see, to make your itinerary, etc. It will enable you to choose your preferred hotels or restaurants (to be agreed with your tour operator in Bhutan), and even decide where to do your shopping (the choice in Thimphu consists in two or three superb local markets !). But the most valuable sections are probably those on the local culture, an unspoiled culture where the people practice their faith through millenary religious traditions. The guidebook will tell you things you will want to know about the people, their monasteries, their life ! If you go and don't have it with you, you may regret it. ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet Bhutan Jan. 19 2000
A well written book on a country that lives above the cloud.After reading this book i found out how beautiful this country was. You guys should read this book. If you are a lover of Nature,Culture,Antiques,monuments and religious you should not miss this wonderful book about a beautiful country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive! June 17 1999
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This is the best guide book on Bhutan even though the information is a bit dated. A definite "must buy" for anyone considering a visit to my beautiful home land!
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