“If I had to name the biggest difference between Bhutan and the rest of the world, I could do it in one word, civility.”
― Linda Leaming
Bhutan – a Himalayan kingdom with a reputation for mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. A country where the rice is red and chilies aren’t just a seasoning but the main ingredient. It is also a deeply Buddhist land that maintains its traditions, where monasteries are part of the mainstream. An amazing Himalayan landscape, where snowcapped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests. Taking up prime positions in this picture-book landscape are the majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries. This unique architecture embodies Buddhist culture and sets the scene for spectacular tsechus (dance festivals). Then there are the textiles and handicrafts, outrageous archery competitions, high-altitude trekking trails, and stunning flora and fauna. If it’s not ‘Shangri La’, it’s as close as it gets.