Bhutan - Paro and Thimphu
The Kingdom of Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas, bounded by Tibet to the north and India to the south. Home to approximately 700,000 people, the country is steeped in a rich native culture and Buddhist tradition, both passionately protected by the Bhutanese government. The majority of Bhutanese are farmers, who grow mainly rice, corn, potatoes, and oranges. Bhutan is one of only a very small handful of countries in which Buddhism is the primary religion. This is reflected by the large number of Buddhist temples and monasteries—over 2,000—that dot the land. In this Expedition, we’ll begin our travels in the Paro Valley in eastern Bhutan and travel west, stopping to take in important fortresses, temples, and monasteries.