Back in 2007, i rode through Bhutan on my motorbike. Back then i had a lot of trouble gathering any information on the country. I didn't even have any decent road maps. The lonely planet book on Bhutan was useless as far as independent travelers were concerned. I did read a couple of great travelogue books which gave be a good insight into the country and its people but as far as practical issues were concerned, i had pretty much no idea. I chanced upon this book pretty much by accident while browsing through the book stores in Calcutta. The book was exactly what i was looking for. It had detailed information on the routes, the permits and good background information on all the sights around this wonderful country. I especially appreciate the detailed information given about the vario
For most western travelers traveling to Bhutan is all but a distant dream. The country is notorious for trying protect its cultural heritage from the 'evils' of modern tourism. Every year it allows only a handful of tourists to visit the magical country and that too for a hefty fee. Around 200 to 250$ a day gets you an all inclusive trip around the country. The Author of this book Katie Hickman was one such wide-eyed western tourist. When touring in the Manas national park in Assam, India, she happened to catch a glimpse of Bhutanese buildings across the river and after that she was never able to get the country off her mind. Later by chance she happened to meet someone from the Bhutanese royal family and they graciously offered her a rare invitation to visit the country. Â The book
Not much useful in terms of independent travel, especially accommodation options etc. But otherwise provides good information on the various places of interest around the country and the various trekking options available. If you are a independent traveler, you should definitely consider picking up some of the indian edition books on Bhutan.