The kingdom of Bhutan remained an isolated country till 1974. Known as the land of the Thunder Dragon, the tiny Himalayan kingdom called Bhutan was shrouded with mystery and mysticism from the outside world.

When Bhutan finally opened its doors to tourists, the few travellers who gained entry into Bhutan likened it to Shangri-La—a mystical, happy place, accessible to few outsiders; Bhutan had adopted a strict policy of high value, low impact tourism, which mandated that foreigners visit through a tour operator and pay a minimum of US $250/200 per day per person, which includes accommodation and transport. However, Bhutan does not require Indians, Bangladeshis, and Maldivians to spend this minimum amount. Keep reading…


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