If there is a Shangri-La, then it is here, in the lap of the Himalayas, inhabited by the happiest people on earth. The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan is a magical land of mysticism and mystery. A country that believes in low volume, high impact tourism, Bhutan certainly lives up to its reputation for blending modernity and tradition seamlessly. There is much to see, do, and learn here — from the giant phalluses painted on every door to the colorful locals clad in traditional threads, from outrageous archery competitions to spectacular dance festivals, from snow-capped stunning Buddhist gompas to vibrant towns, and from the snow-capped Himalayas to the burgeoning virgin forests, Bhutan captivates and enchants its visitors.

“Whenever anyone asks me what Bhutan is like, I find the best way to describe it is like Narnia: it is so remote and unlike anywhere else on Earth that I’ve visited. And then I implore them to visit before it is too late before it all inevitably changes.”

– Margot Ragette, wildlife photographer