As established in our previous article, there are more benefits to travelling than postcard collecting or city-breaking across the world. You open yourself up to experiences that might change your perspective on life itself. There is one such a place, which will give you a panorama to fascinate and challenge you. It is off the beaten track, and not for the weak-minded, I bring your attention to Bhutan, a buddhist kingdom in the eastern mountains of the Himalayas. Its neighbours are giants of goliath proportions, but it’s protected by its mountainous terrain. As romantic as it sounds, it is a kingdom nestled in the clouds. If you go anywhere this year, try to go to Bhutan.
Druk Yul – history of the Dragon Country
Formed in the 17th century, due to its location, it has survived colonialist attempts, but has a civil war in its history. Only in English will you see the name Bhutan, as its official name is Druk Yul, country of the Dragon people, referencing its Buddhist heritage. Have you heard of the ancient Silk Route? Bhutan was on it. If its mountains could talk, it would have historical tales to tell.
It is a peaceful country, underpinned by a Buddhist belief system, having monasteries built over the course of time with monks inhabiting their walls. It was only in 1974 that Bhutan allowed tourists in, and since then, it has kept up strict entrance rules.
Where exactly is Bhutan? It is a landlocked country that could look like a perfectly symmetrical smile. On its one side, you have the People’s Republic of China, and on the other, India. Tibet is in the west. Assam in the south, and Nepal in view from peaks in the north.
Rugged hills, lush valleys, cloud covered peaks, can only bring you peace. It is worth the time invested in getting there, trust me.
Bhutan does not allow any intrepid traveller to cross its borders as and when they please, as some neighbouring countries do. You’ll have to jump over a lot of red tape to get your papers in order, which is why it is advisable to go with an experienced tour operator, especially one with adventure in its blood. Getting to Bhutan will take time. Not necessarily travelling there, but ensuring that you have the correct paperwork to do so. This is why using a professional travel service would be a good idea, especially one that meets standards set by the Kingdom, and you, of course.
One Monastery you should not miss is Paro Taksang, otherwise known as Tiger’s Nest, which seems carved into the rock of the mountainside. The Royal Manas National Park is also time well spent. Ensuring that you visit these two sights will give you Bhutan on flatter land, and in the clouds.
Culture of Happiness
The Bhutanese do not make up high population numbers. In fact, it vies with the Maldives for having the smallest population, around 750 000. What makes the Kingdom of Bhutan so special and worth visiting is not its low population or breathtaking views, usually reason in itself to visit, but its GHI, Global Happiness Index. Much like GPI, the Bhutan system rates happiness over productivity, with a research team from Oxford University who worked to implement the index. If a country rates happiness above all else, surely that is reason enough to travel to Bhutan?
Travelling to the Kingdom of Bhutan will show you a way of life possibly very different from your own, which is why we should be travelling, isn’t it?
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