Deeply spiritual Bhutan’s desire for happiness over superficial worth is reflected in its respect of tradition, apparent in the 17th century dress worn by all citizens, and the pristine countryside and towns. Though this remote Himalayan kingdom is no stranger to visitors, much of it is yet to be explored and there are many things to see and do. Climb to the cliff-perched Tiger’s Nest Monastery near Paro, or visit the Phobjika Valley in winter to see the rare black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet. Make time to explore the country’s dzongs, or fortresses, such as those in Trongsa and Punakha, and trek through the pastures of the Bumthang Valley, staying in farmhouse homestays.
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