A trip to Bhutan is like travelling back in time. Since opening its doors to tourists in 1974, this formerly isolated country has had a clear strategy about how to manage tourism and preserve the traditional culture that makes it so unique. You might expect to bump into hordes of tourists, but you won’t: the $250 daily travellers fee keeps tourism low volume and therefore low impact, feeding back into the country’s wider philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Its largely Buddhist population is peace-loving and god-fearing and its landscape – subtropical plains in the south to sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north – is undeniably beautiful.
Over 70% of the Bhutanese population lead an agrarian life style; these people know of real peace, unhampered by the fast-paced life that marks modernity.