Located in South Asia, Bhutan is a semi-tiny nation (Slightly larger than Taiwan), sandwiched between China and India. Although Bhutan is a unique country with a lot of things to see and to do, it is still an unknown country that has yet to be explored by the westerners. If you are considering visiting Bhutan or like to add an exciting place to your 2021 bucket list, keep reading, as in this post, we’ll talk about the top 10 reasons why you should visit Bhutan right now!
1- Bhutan Isn’t That Expensive
A lot of people step back as soon as they hear that any visitor needs to pay $200-$250 for each day residing in Bhutan. They don’t realize that this money covers your accommodation at 3 and 4-star hotels, a private guide and driver, three delicious meals per day, and most of the entrance fees. Not a bad deal, eh?
The bonus is that in Bhutan, tourists get treated just like VIP guests.
2- Bhutanese Culture
Since Bhutan has had successfully isolated itself from the rest of the world throughout history, people could retain their rich culture and pass their traditions from generation to generation. So, most of what is known as Bhutanese culture today, is almost identical to what people did in Bhutan for thousands of years that’s very interesting.
3- The Temples
As a religious Buddhist country, you’ll find countless gorgeous temples in Bhutan with the most famous one being Paro Taktsang, a sacred Vajrayana Himalayan Buddhist site located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. Your trip to Bhutan won’t be completed until you visit this magical temple.
4- Bhutan’s Royal Family
Bhutan has a royal family who is dearly loved by Bhutanese people. The current king and his wife are among the sexiest royal couples in the world. The good thing about them is that You will have a chance to see them during national events like National Day and Royal Wedding Anniversary celebration out in public, but there’s no guarantee you could talk to them in person.
5- National Happiness Index
Bhutan’s government uses the happiness of its people to measure national progress. GDP remains secondary. The government provides free education and free healthcare for all of the Bhutanese citizens which is one of the main factors of Bhutanese people’s happiness.
6- The greenest country in the world
Bhutan was awarded the “Earth Award” in 2018, in Berlin, Germany. The government has committed itself to have 60% forest coverage at all times, which they’ve already met by 71% greenery in the country. For the travelers, that means fresh, crisp mountain air, pollution-free skies, and stunning greenery that extends as far as the eye can see.
In a world where governments are constantly thinking of ways to get more taxes off of people’s income, it’s good to see something completely different!
Owing to its rich biodiversity, Bhutan can be an exciting destination for a wildlife safari, mountain biking, kayaking, or grueling treks through snow-covered mountains.
8- Bhutanese Cuisine
Being influenced by Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines, Bhutanese cuisine is still considered an independent cuisine. Traditionally people eat the food on wooden cookware using their hands.
Bhutan is the only country in the world that uses chili as a seasoning but a vegetable! The national dish, “Ema-Datshi” is a chili and cheese stew served with rice. You can try that at your own risk!
9- Bhutanese People
Bhutanese people are some of the friendliest people you would ever meet in your life. They love to see tourists who are exploring and admiring their stunning nation. And since the government is always working on its citizens’ happiness, Bhutanese people are always smiling and trying to keep their country as safe as possible for travelers.
It’s not unrelated to mention that Bhutan is among the hardest countries to obtain citizenship.
10- Off The Beaten Path
Although Bhutan has a lot to offer to international tourists, it’s yet to get known by mass tourism. So, rest assured that you’d probably get to be the first person among your friends and family who has visited Bhutan.