Travel Tuesday: Bhutan

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a country in South Asia. To the north of Bhutan is China and surrounding the south, east and west is the Republic of India. As one of the smallest countries in the world, its population reaches only ¾ of...

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a country in South Asia. To the north of Bhutan is China and surrounding the south, east and west is the Republic of India. As one of the smallest countries in the world, its population reaches only ¾ of a million of which 76% are Buddhist.

The landscape of the area is outstanding as the land, located in the southern slopes of the Himalayas, is mainly made up of impressive mountains which peaks are over 23,000 ft. The highest point, at 24,840 ft is the top of Gangkhar Puensum known as the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.

In Bhutan, culture is fiercely guarded and may, at times, display the country as cut off from the rest of the world. However, this secrecy proves to be an attraction for tourists. The festivals in Bhutan are particularly spectacular, rich in colour and high spirits. Displaying their ancient traditions, masked dances are performed together with songs and dance whilst people share meals of rice, dumplings, pork and the traditional rice wine drink known as Ara.

Popularity of the country is growing, however, it is still seen to be inaccessible to tourists with no railways and only one airline Drukair flying to Bhutan, from Bangkok, New Delhi and Singapore. More avenues are being explored to further the tourism of the country with India proposing a railway to be built, although tourists will still have to pay daily traveller fees.

Bhutan is a must-see for anyone wanting to experience a country grounded in its culture. A beautiful and breathtaking landscape awaits distant travellers in a place so excited by its own distinguished traditions.

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