The exceptionally special Kingdom of Bhutan is a once in a lifetime country to visit for many people. This small landlocked country enjoys spectacular and dramatic scenery with mountains and valleys dominating the landscape.
The government has always managed visitor numbers into the country through a system of high minimum charges for hotels, which also include some taxes (going towards education and such like for the population) as well as a driver, guide and vehicle which in turn, has successfully kept mass tourism development at bay and thus protected the pristine, natural environment of the country.
The Bhutanese people and their culture are a big attraction for visitors to the Kingdom. Many still wear traditional robes and their religious tsechus (festivals) are famous for the colourful dancing displays and archery competitions using traditional bamboo bows.
One very unique aspect of the country is the concept of measuring its success through Gross National Happiness, a concept coined by the 4th King of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in 1972. The Gross National Happiness Index is therefore a holistic reflection of the general wellbeing of the Bhutanese population moreover than a subjective psychological ranking of ‘happiness’ alone - and this approach really does show in the people's attitude!
Bhutan makes for a superb destination for a spiritual retreat and a detox from a hectic life. In addition, it is a great place for trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting. All journeys through Bhutan will start and end in Paro, and depending on how much time you have and your interests, there are five main areas to explore; Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Gangtey and Bumthang but even if you only stay a short while you will definitely get a taste of what a fascinating and special country Bhutan is.
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