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Bhutan as a Destination

Of the many destinations in the Himalayas, Bhutan sandwiched between India and China is certainly the least-visited places on the earth. The Kingdom of Bhutan, a tranquil country, amidst the mountains and clouds, is a place to explore the ancient cultures, beautiful landscapes and magnificent architecture.

A large part of Bhutan is forested; in fact the constitution of Kingdom of Bhutan mandates 60% of the land fall under forest coverage in all time to come, welcoming a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna. The country stretches from subtropical valleys and plains to snowcapped mountain ranges. This landscape makes it the perfect place to trek through the majestic valleys or steep mountains to visit ancient architecture and Buddhist temples. Crystal-clear rivers, towering mountains and a patchwork of fields where crops are still tended by plough, oxen and scythe, is another reason why you should visit Bhutan before it is too late.

Opening its doors to the outside world by as late as 1970s, Bhutan still prides itself in keeping mass tourism at bay. However, today, the country has become a top spot on the bucket lists of many travellers who were formerly unfamiliar with the kingdom and its natural beauty. Although the number of tourists visiting has increased over the year, Bhutan has been successful in preserving its ancient deep-rooted tradition and culture by promoting and practising ‘high value, low impact’ tourism policy.

Travelling to this untouched country of Bhutan is an adventure in itself. The country filled with mountains, monasteries, and temples provides its visitors breathtakingly beauty unseen elsewhere. Bhutan is rich with trekking trails for both experienced and advanced hikers. Some of the hiking takes more than 31 days across the glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and lakes.

Although internet and television came to Bhutan only in 1999, the country is in no dearth of modern luxuries. There are coffee shops, burger points, international high-end hotels and many luxurious hotels owned and operated by Bhutanese.

The only Vajrayana Buddhist country in the world, the profound teaching of this tradition still remains well preserved and it exerts a strong influence in all aspects of life. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny kingdom is sometimes referred to as the ‘Last Shangri-la’.

And if you are still thinking travelling to Bhutan is not worth the effort, perhaps a peek at the landing Bhutan’s only international airport at Paro might convince you. Descent to Paro International Airport includes a look at the majestic Mt Everest.
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