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IF THERE IS ANY COUNTRY ON EARTH THAT QUALIFIES AS EDEN - NOT JUST IN PART, BUT IN ITS ENTIRETY - I BELIEVE IT IS BHUTAN. – HARRY MARSHALL
VISITING Bhutan has a sense of Venice-like momentum to it. After all, it is the world’s last Shangri La. This medieval kingdom has managed to keep its identity intact, owing to it being shut off from the rest of the world till as late as the 1960s.

This land of the Thunder Dragon dresses majestically – the national dress is worn everyday by most of its people - to work,  to  school and  to  government  institutions. Its buildings are equally dressy – a unique and complex architectural style that involves rammed earth and wattle and daub methods, stone masonry, intricate woodwork around windows and roofs and, incredibly, no use of a single nail or iron bar.

Surrounding this everyday splendour is a  Himalayan  kingdom  that  will stand the test of time. Amazing landscapes that are dotted with incredible flora and fauna, castle fortresses known as Dzongs and Buddhist monasteries.

This surreal land has another incredible feature – it cares more about its Gross National Happiness than anything else in the world.

As one of the most mysterious places on earth, it's only fitting that it keeps the entry to it restricted.  And if you  care to unravel this beautiful puzzle, do it with the reverence it deserves.