Cultural trip to the Land of Happiness

There are very few cultures left in the world with their traditional customs, and practices intact. One such place is the Land of Happiness, or Bhutan. Bhutan was not open to the world until the late 1980′s. That is when airplanes were allowed in from other places in the world. Rich in traditions such as the creation of textiles, embroideries and a reverence for life, Bhutan is one of the world’s hidden treasures.

Bhutan Land of Happiness

Haa Valley, Bhutan, Douglas J. McLaughlin, September 6, 2006

Bhutan reflects the deep Buddhist traditions of the past by providing visitors a glimpse at the Kingdom’s cultural heritage in a modern nation. Bhutan tourists can appreciate the government’s sponsorship of a Commission on Gross National Happiness in an effort to ensure that progress does not affect conservation and social harmony.


Imagine a place that ensures that “happiness” is a core value, and that progress does not precede conservation. I don’t know about you, but Bhutan is definitely on the list of cultural trips. Once a year, a beautiful giant embroidery called a “thangka” is unveiled in a festival called Monlam. This happens in the spring. You can read more about Bhutan in this article.


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