Bhutan, The Hidden Kingdom

As the plane veers through a gap in the mountains, minutes before landing, a hidden valley spreads at your feet, framed by pristine forests and snow-capped peaks. At the heart of the Himalaya, Paro appears like a dream, a sprinkling of traditional houses with beautifully carved eaves and frames and auspicious signs painted on the walls. Buddhist flags flutter all around, incense drifts along the streets and nearly everyone wears the iconic national dress. Tucked between India and Tibet, Bhutan is highly traditional yet the country is moving forward: new democracy, new technologies, free education, free healthcare, economic growth and a ten-fold increase in tourism, hailing the campaign ‘Visit Bhutan 2015’.

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