A mountain kingdom home to one of the world’s most famous monasteries – the widely-known Tiger’s Nest, clinging precariously to cliffs in the upper Paro Valley – Bhutan is a bucket-list destination for many, and it’s easy to see why. Here, traditional Buddhist culture combines with a modern approach to life, and breathtaking landscapes are dotted with trees. In fact, there’s a law in Bhutan that states at least 60% of its landmass must be forested, a figure that currently stands at over 70%, and it is also a carbon neutral destination.
The country’s capital – and largest city – is Thimphu, a location that retains its cultural identity while offering the visitor an array of modern conveniences, such as a variety of restaurants, internet cafés and even shopping centres. Curiously, Thimphu has no traffic lights and vehicles are instead directed by policemen at certain intersections, through the use of exaggerated hand movements.
There is no ‘best time’ to visit Bhutan as each season offers something different to the intrepid traveller. In spring, you’ll be able to feast your eyes upon vibrant rhododendrons in bloom. From October to January, temperatures will be cooler with sunny, clear skies, making for pleasant touring weather. Summer in the country tends to bring with it humidity and monsoons.