Bhutan is the last of the Buddhist Himalayan kingdoms. It is situated entirely in the mountains: twenty summits of which are higher than 7000 m. Only 750 thousand people inhabit this country, but almost all of them are reportedly happy: It is no wonder that the idea of Gross National Happiness (GNP) was first invented exactly in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom
The first motor vehicle arrived in the country in 1961. Towards the end of the 1960s the so-called “ celestial road of a thousand bends” was completed. Till now, it is only a 3.5 meters wide asphalt ribbon. Radio broadcasting started in 1973 only. It is only from 1999 that it became possible to waste one’s life watching TV. The Internet was eventually introduced in 2000. The first tourists only came to Bhutan in 1974.
Undoubtedly, Bhutan is an exclusive destination. A journey to Bhutan is not only about coming from far away, but it is also a time travel experience. In Bhutan there are still over two thousand monasteries and gomps, and every major city has its dzong – a distinctive Bhutanese fortress. Houses in Bhutan are built according to a traditional model. Bhutanese people wear colorful national dress every day. Is Bhutan the last Shangri La – the mythical land of happiness?
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