Facts about Bhutan
This small, predominantly Buddhist South Asian country in the Himalayas features majestic mountain peaks, exquisite monasteries, and a focus on peacefulness and happiness for the citizens of Bhutan. International travelers can visit the architecturally beautiful monasteries, adorned with carvings and paintings and full of heritage, history, and legends. Visitors in Bhutan can experience first-hand the Bhutanese index of development, Gross National Happiness. Bhutan created this holistic measurement of wellbeing in 1972 to measure both traditional socio-economic concerns as well as aspects of culture and psychological wellbeing. An international vacation in Bhutan also provides adventurous travelers an opportunity to trek the mountains, experiencing pristine natural environments.
When traveling to Bhutan, visitors interested in responsible tourism are always welcome to help support school children and monasteries. Give back to the community by supporting projects such as the Tamzhing Monastery, which educates students in the monastic traditions of Bhutan. Taking school supplies for these students is a fantastic way to show generosity and provide a hostess gift to the community you visit. Other projects in Bhutan include a library project called Books for Bhutan, which donates books to school libraries.