Not only brilliant for bragging rights (who do you know who’s been to Bhutan?) but also good for your soul: peaceful, Buddhist and unspoilt, this small kingdom tucked away in the Himalayas is a destination with a difference.
The colourful culture of the Land of the Thunder Dragon has been carefully protected, and life continues as it has for centuries, ruled by tradition and ritual. Whistling farmers harvest red rice, monks chant and Gross National Happiness is officially the guiding principle for Bhutan’s development. And how hard must it be, to be miserable in a place where the citizens are well looked-after, history and custom are respected, and the environment is not only stunningly beautiful, but pristine?
Mountains and fertile valleys alive with birds make for unforgettable trekking, especially if you happen across a Himalayan black bear! Or visit fortresses and monasteries in spectacular settings, buy intricate and unique woven goods in the villages or cheer on the competitors at an archery festival: it’s the national sport.
Safe and friendly, your greatest danger in Bhutan is the food: it’s chillies with everything!