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Bhutan

On the eastern edge of the magnificent Himalayas is this trekker’s paradise where Gross National Happiness is a measured priority of which environmental conservation is a key pillar. The Land of the Thunder Dragon is covered with forest on over 70% of its area; 90% of the country is only accessible by foot. In these wild lands, an impressive array of large mammals lives. The tropical south is home to Bengal Tigers; Red Pandas occupy fruiting trees in the central temperate zone, while Snow Leopards and Blue Sheep subsist in the alpine north. A standout amongst the country’s 700 bird species is the intriguing and beautiful Rufous-necked Hornbill. Ancient Buddhist mythology is kept alive in the dzongs (fortress-monasteries); ancient art forms such as thangka painting, textile weaving and woodcarving flourish as they have for generations. You can also enjoy some of the many seasonal festivals that celebrate Buddhist culture through music and dance. Modernization is slowly percolating into the way of life, a by-product of which includes some wonderful luxury hotels. Visitors are also required to spend $200.00 per day, but here this is an easy target that is often willingly breached.
  • Winters aren’t as cold as you might think; December to February is good time to go and there are smaller crowds
  • Thimpu is the only capital city without a traffic light
  • Anyone found guilty of killing a highly endangered and culturally sacred black-necked crane could be sentenced to life in prison
  • Druk Yul -- the local name for Bhutan -- means "Land of the Thunder Dragon" due to the rolling thunderstorms that crash through
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Signature Moments
  • Having a private audience with a Buddhist lama
  • Visiting the painting school at the Trashi Chhoe Dzong
  • Exploring the Buddhist sites at Bumthang
  • Making the trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

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