Nestled in the Himalayas between the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and India, is a small county called Bhutan. Perhaps not well-known by many, those who do know of its existence know of its reputation as “The Last Shangri-La,” or for being one of the happiest places on Earth. Coconut Club Vacations reviews this unique and beautiful destination.
It is not known if it is the strong sense of culture or beautiful natural scenery that assists in shaping this country into the peaceful destination is has become. It is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world and the teachings of this tradition shape everyday life for the native inhabitants. The philosophy of Gross National Happiness means that development and change is measured from a holistic approach. This philosophy is based on four precepts: to increase economic growth and development, preserve and promote the cultural heritage, encourage sustainable use of the environment, and establish good governance of the country. This means that decisions are made based on how outcomes impact the well-being of the country, not how it impacts the financial bottom line.
Traditional culture had been honored and was preserved quite well until the last 1990s when the country received access to television and the internet. The arrival of these modern technologies impacted the region and shifted modern-day culture so that it is centered on bars and snooker halls. In spite of that fact, Bhutan still places a strong emphasis on preservation of its unique culture. It is believed that the sovereignty of the nation depends heavily on protecting and nurturing its living culture.
The country has many activities that are available to those who are on a spiritual path and are seeking a place to rest and find their center. There are several meditation retreats that are available in the region as well as several retreat tours that can be scheduled throughout the year. Most of the hotels in the area offer yoga session and meditation facilities on-site so that you do not have to travel far to find that inner peace.
The climate of the area differs depending on where you are in the country, but you can expect to have European-like weather patterns. Winter is the region in from November to March and summer is typically hot. There are four distinct seasons in the region with a rainy season that typically hits in August. Regardless of when you visit, a tranquil utopia awaits.
Explore the official website at tourism.gov.bt to find your own path to peace and tranquility.