Surrealistic, pure, pristine, untouched landscape...cultured and dignified people. Visiting Bhutan has changed me. To know that happiness is not a result of materialism is one thing, but to see it and feel it in the people of a nation - that is an experience that awakens you! I thought to myself all along, 'why would people living here need a lot of money'? And I did not get an answer. My collection of gadgets and armoury of psychological defences felt inadequate before the simplicity and honesty of the people here. The king's initiative, Gross National Happiness sure is working so far... in 2015.
We went to:
Thimphu and Paro are cities and have the culture that reflects it. Tiger's nest trek at Paro is a MUST! DoChula pass is a spot that comes on the way. Punakha has the most beautiful Dzong one can imagine. But what took my breath away was the interior Bhutan - Phobchika valley - where internet has not reached as yet! Pristine, clean and beautiful it made me look at my driver and ask, "Is this for real?" You have not been to Bhutan if you have not seen the interior.
We were bowled over. So much so that after coming back to India we could not think of anything but Bhutan for 2 weeks.
The people, largely untouched by materialism. The beauty of the artefacts that they make. But overall, the beauty of nature...this is what overwhelms you totally. The presence of Buddhism through fluttering flags all over...the sound stays with you.
We are lucky, us Indians, we can go without a visa. Do make use of it!