Bhutan is otherworldly. It’s the last Buddhist Kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where traditional culture carefully embraces global developments. This is a country where the rice is red and where chilies aren't just a seasoning but the main ingredient. Yet while it proudly prioritises its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is not isolated in time, famously preferring GNP (Gross National Happiness) over GDP. The Bhutanese people are well-educated, vivacious and very well informed about the world around them. It's this amalgam of the ancient and modern that makes Bhutan endlessly fascinating.
Bhutan’s topography is comprised of the sweeping eastern Himalayan landscape, where snow-capped peaks rise above ancient forests and beautiful traditional villages. To this picture-book landscape add majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries, many of which act as a stage for spectacular dance festivals attended by an almost medieval-looking audience. Then there are the textiles and handicrafts, unusual archery competitions, high-altitude trekking trails, and stunning flora and fauna. This is as close to 'Shangri-La' as one could get.
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