Bhutan – the happiest country in the world! Among other things too – it’s a raw and untouched Buddhist kingdom of pure beauty. With a huge variety in sights to see from the incredible Himalayas to surreal looking monasteries you’ll be sure to be amazed and at ease all at the same time when visiting Bhutan. To add to this, Bhutan is the only country in the world that isn’t only carbon neutral but carbon negative!
Aside from the scenery that is second to none, there is also plenty of culture to experience at festivals like their very unique dance styles and outfits! Every year a festival called Tshechu takes place in monasteries and temples throughout the country. At these festivals you’ll see masked dances that each have a story behind them and will wash away your sins. The blur of bright colours will enchant you as you watch them tell stories from as early as the 8th century.
From day hikes outside the capital city of Thimphu to long treks through the Himalayas there is so much to explore in Bhutan. If you’re a real professional some treks that can last up to a month are available to try or slightly easier ones that last from one to three days but still give a glimpse of the beauty of the Bhutanese countryside! As with all travel to Bhutan, don’t venture out without a guide! Find out more here.
You may recognise this sacred Buddhist site as it is one of the main reasons many people visit Bhutan, are you surprised? Paro Takstang is in the heart of the Himalayas integrated right in to the mountains. Located in the Paro Valley it isn’t far from the only Bhutanese international airport so there’s no excuse to miss it! Clinging to the cliffs it doesn’t seem real which is why you need to visit it! Reach the site through mountainous tracks that really add to the experience, there’s nothing quite like it.
The thing that puts a lot of people off travelling to Bhutan is the cost, and it does seem steep at $40 for a visa to enter and then $200-250 a day. However, it isn’t as bad as it seems, in fact, it’s good! This includes 3* hotel accommodation, all of your meals, a tour guide and hiking equipment making it pretty worthwhile! As well as covering all of these things, $65 goes to sustainable development in the country that goes towards alleviating poverty, free education and free healthcare! It’s all worth it for the beautiful scenery, people and knowing your money is going to a good place!