5 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Bhutan
Nestled into the monumental Himalayas is the mystical Land of the Thunder Dragon—Bhutan. Just half the size of Indiana, the tiny landlocked country is home to dramatic landscapes, historic Buddhist monasteries, and some of the happiest people in the world (the country famously measures its Gross National Happiness), all of which would seem to make it an ideal tourist destination. So why don’t more people flock to Bhutan? Well, for starters, its borders weren’t open to foreigners until 1974, when the government sought to promote the then-isolated country’s unique traditions to the world, as well as create a new source of revenue. And, recognizing the negative effects of tourism on its culture and the environment, Bhutan regulated tourism, adopting a “high value, low impact” policy. Thus, there are strict rules to follow when planning a trip to the country. Here, we tell you the five things you need to know in order to book a vacation that’s sure to be one of your most special yet.