Bhutan - The Land of Happiness
Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is an amply modern country yet medieval with one foot still rooted in its past. Bhutan is aware of the downsides of rapid modernization and has decided to move cautiously without losing its soul. In Bhutan, all the natural elements like mountains, rivers, rocks and even the tress have been revered and considered sacred for centuries as the abode of local deities and gods. Such beliefs have helped the people in natural conservation efforts and preservation of culture and tradition.
The unique developmental philosophy of Gross National Happiness, a gift from the throne was to strive for wholesome development by putting people at the center without compromising basic human values in such a way that natural balance is respected. Sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of cultural, conservation and protection of natural environment are at the forefront of government policy.
The government’s ‘high value-low volume’ tourism policy is a good example of its efforts to keep foreign influences at bay while nurturing Bhutanese values at home. This gives Bhutan a different look and feel altogether, a visual and spiritual feast for all visitors. The kingdom of Happiness is now every traveler’s dream destination. Thus, the carefully controlled tourism policy of the Bhutanese government says "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footsteps".