Bhutan continues to charm travellers with its mystical aura, untouched natural beauty and an age-old culture and tradition that are unique to this nation of just 700,000 people. It lies between the lofty Himalayan Mountains straddling its northern frontier and the warm temperate jungles of the south.
These features easily make Bhutan one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. In fact, the Lonely Planet recently named Bhutan as the top country to visit in 2020 out of 195 countries. Bhutan follows a sustainable development approach based on the principles of Gross National Happiness.
The Bhutanese people are one of the friendliest in the planet. Walk into any Bhutanese homes and you would be treated to a local brew or a cup of butter tea. The Bhutanese people take pride in their culture, which gives us a sense of belongingness and harmony.
Happiness seems to be the ultimate goal for every Bhutanese and it is also the single most important mandate of the government to create the necessary environment where people can pursue happiness. Most Bhutanese believe in the Buddhist concept of Karma and Reincarnation, which naturally inspires most of us to practice righteousness as our current action determines the quality of our next life.
The weather in Bhutan can be anything between hot and cold throughout the year. Although a tiny nation, Bhutan can boast of a diverse geographical wealth and is located in a major eco zone and a globally recognised biological hotspot.
Winters in the northern region are snowy and cold while summers can be hot and humid in the southern parts and warm in the northern region. The best seasons to travel to Bhutan are during spring and fall.
There are four major dialects spoken in different parts of the country. Dzongkha, which is spoken in the western region, is the national language. Most people are fluent in English as it is the medium of communication and many can also speak Hindi, as Bollywood is big in Bhutan.