Bhutan

Bhutan is an unusual Buddhist Himalayan kingdom where progress is measured in terms of gross national happiness. Though the people are not financially wealthy, there is free education and free healthcare. Tourism is tightly controlled. The only way visitors are given a visa is by signing up to an expensive tour, often for up to two weeks, Many visitors come to do a multi-day trek such as the Snowman trek.

There are a number of beautiful monasteries built in different valleys. The Paro valley contains the famous Taktsang Monastery. The people are famous for their friendliness and hospitality and crime is almost non-existent.

Country

Bhutan flag

Why you should go:

To find out why it's called the real Shangri-La.

Why you shouldn't:

You can't afford to.

Map of Bhutan