More than its grandiose landscapes or its unique architecture, it is the omnipresence of spirituality that marks the traveller. As the only country in the world to have adopted Great Vehicle Buddhism as its official religion, Bhutan lives by its religious holidays. Religion and governance have always been linked. Mahayana Buddhism in its tantric form influences the attitudes of daily life and ways of thinking. During cultural visits, visitors are caught up in Bhutan's tranquil strength and perpetual quest for happiness.
A secret destination :
Preserved from the floods of tourists, Bhutan is a discreet country, forgotten by the world. Only a few thousand insiders discover a part of the country every year. They briefly explore what the government allows them to see. For many of them, Bhutan is a dream, which they are finally able to achieve. This Shangri-La described in the books, this small Himalayan kingdom is an authentic destination. Protected by its high peaks, Bhutan is gradually opening up to visitors, whom it sorts by hand at high prices.
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