Where is Bhutan you may ask…? It is hidden away within the Eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet. It is as big as Switzerland but is very sparsely inhabited. It is spectacular, with soaring mountains, dense forests, tropical valleys, imposing architecture, an exhilarating religion, fascinating art, and above all else – it is inhabited by perhaps the nicest people the world over.
If this isn’t enough then hear this: there is virtually no violent crime, no beggars, even the dogs are free and loved by all so not one snarls or barks or bites; in fact many travellers have referred to this as their true slice of Shangri-La. Yes, heaven on earth. But of course, this is not the case for the Bhutanese themselves. They are a hardworking, deep thinking, soul-loving people, who have to work very hard to maintain their peaceful lifestyle along with their cultural and spiritual heritage.
They are fiercely independent, have never been colonized and are extremely proud of their traditions. That said, they are exceptionally hospitable, warm, and welcoming of westerners, but they are different and intend to remain so. “Gross National Happiness” (GNH) was a quote coined by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, and is an operating concept of governance of Bhutan.
Bhutan is a journey of a lifetime. Its magical blend of evolved spirituality, uncommon goodness, physical beauty and credible culture will, if only for a short while, encourage you to let go of all the ingredients that can crush your spirit in daily life.