You might have read or heard about Bhutan in passing and wondered “where is that country?” It is a predominantly Buddhist Kingdom perched high in the Himalayas and is often referred to as “The Last Shangri-la”. In addition to its beautiful landscape, stunning monasteries and unique culture, Bhutan is also known for developing the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. The idea is to gauge the country’s development by measuring its citizens’ well-being, not just economic success and gross domestic product.
Tourism to Bhutan is growing and it’s not difficult to understand why. Although the country is open to foreign tourists, all tourists must travel on a guided tour operated by a licensed tourist company and cannot travel independently in the kingdom. Bhutan is also well known for its array of colourful and grand religious festivals throughout the year: they draw big crowds of both local and tourists and it is believed that everyone must attend a “Tshechu” and watch the mask dances at least once to receive blessings and wash away their sins.
Friends of mine who have visited Bhutan are in absolute awe of the country’s architecture, people, food and culture, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to experience it myself! *Update 23 July 2018 – we made it to Bhutan, and it. was. amazing!
Read on for some of my travel guides to Bhutan
What is Wanderlust Wednesday? I’m sure every wanderluster out there has a list of places they’re aching to see and experience. Every few weeks on a Wednesday, I curate and post a few photos of the places on my travel bucket list from talented Instagrammers. Hopefully it will keep me motivated to get to these wondrous places sooner, rather than later, and inspire you to visit these places as well.
A big thank you to the Instagrammers below who were kind enough to let me share their photos! I encourage you to take a look at the rest of their Instagram feeds for more stunning shots. The beautiful photo above is from jboots on Pixabay.
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Have you been to Bhutan before? Tell me all about it in the comments section below – recommendations welcome!