Bhutan

Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments.

The small and predominantly Buddhist nation of Bhutan, tucked between China and India, is lanced by deep ravines and coated with thick woods. The country has no traffic lights. Smoking as well as tobacco products are illegal, as are hunting and fishing. It is forbidden to climb high peaks, and employees must wear traditional clothing a gho robe for men and kira dress for women during work hours. Years ago, Gross National Happiness was identified by the nation as being more important than Gross National Product.

Monasteries often massive and commanding abound; monks, when not in prayer or meditation or chores are often found playing board games, sharing stories, laughing or all three. Archery is the national sport and green chili peppers together with ‘cheesy sauce’ is the national dish. Ask any resident, and likely you'll find they truly do love their king and queen.

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