In an increasingly globalised world there are very few places left untouched by modern technology and communication. The Kingdom of Bhutan has managed, nonetheless, to retain a strong sense of cultural and traditional lifestyle, one that largely informs all strands of modern secular life in this small country. From the traditional woven garments to the prayer flags on the high mountain slopes, from the architectural environment to the cultural and religious dances, the retention of this heritage is evident.
The Bhutanese have lived in harmony with their natural environment which remains pristine and intact today. This little country, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, is home to over 700 species of birds, over 50 species of rhododendron, and an astonishing variety of medical plants and orchids. It is rich in wildlife with the takin, snow leopard, golden langur, blue sheep, tiger, water buffalo and elephant all in residence. In an effort to safeguard its environment Bhutan carefully manages the number of visitors it allows in each year and activities vary from trekking to kayaking, from scenic flights over the mountains to enjoying the colourful festivals when in season. If you are jaded by having 'done and seen it all', a visit to this beautiful and unique little corner of the world is a must for you.
Why we like it
- A slice of Himalayan heaven
- Fascinating cultural heritage
- Ancient monasteries cling to cliffs
- High value vs low volume tourism
- A spiritual haven