6. GOOD GOVERNANCE
When most in the western world are significantly dissatisfied with the performance of their leaders, Bhutanese really love and respect their King. It is common to find pictures of the royal family in houses, hotels or shops. Talking of approachability, the king is oftentimes seen playing with local kids. I even heard of an instance when Jawaharlal Nehru suggested the king of Bhutan to build a palace for himself, the king simply refused and rather distributed that fund among the citizens.
7. IT'S A CARBON-NEUTRAL COUNTRY
Yes, you read it right- there's absolutely no pollution. In Bhutan land, they produce more oxygen than the carbon they emit. That means it isn't just carbon-neutral but carbon-negative. So you know if you're in Bhutan, you'd be breathing in the purest air that there is. They also ban all vehicles for one day every month to keep a check on carbon emission.
8. THEY PRACTISE EQUALITY
They truly believe men and women are equal and this can be seen in the (non-existing) gender roles. You will commonly find women running shops or as porters in hotels. The law does not discriminate based on gender and women have equal rights over any property too. I'm not sure how widely this is practised but I've also heard that after marriage, the man moves to the woman's house.
9.EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE ARE FREE
We talked about the good governance in the country and this is another example of the same. Bhutanese people do not have to fret over basic needs that their government has decided to take care of. They even offer full financial guidance for college and study abroad to outperforming students.
10. THEIR TOURISM IS CONTROLLED
The reason why Bhutan kept itself isolated from the world for so long was not for nothing. They have been able to preserve their culture by restricting tourism and this, cultural preservation, is also one of their indices in measuring GNH (Gross National Happiness). Till date, tourism in Bhutan is controlled with a cumbersome visa application process, a requirement for all tourists to book through a certified tour operator and having a tour guide with them at all times. Except for the citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, travellers from all other countries have to pay a daily fee of $200 or $250, if travelling solo (that covers basic lodging, meals and driver fees) and this is extended towards providing free education and healthcare for its citizens.