Bhutan: Jhomolhari Trek. Sep-Oct 2005.
Bhutan: Jhomolhari Trek. Sep-Oct 2005.

Bhutan is a tiny Buddhist country nestled in the Himalayas. It is roughly the size of Switzerland. It shares its northern border with Tibet; and its western, southern, and eastern borders with India. Bhutan's economy is driven primarily by subsistence farming. Population estimates vary greatly (from 600,000 to 2.5 million). According to the Lonely Planet guidebook, roughly 80% of the nation's popluation lives at least an hours walk to the nearest road, and 50% lives at least one day's walk to the nearest road. Until 1974, Bhutan's doors were closed to the outside world, and even now Bhutan sees very few tourists compared to other countries in the region. Bhutan prides itself on its culture and natural beauty, and goes out of its way to preserve each of these.

I had dreamed of going to Bhutan for several years, but didn't have the money or the time to go. Now that I finally made it there, I can say that Bhutan is unlike any country I have ever travelled to before. My experience in the country was truly unforgettable. I can't wait to return someday.
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