Bhutan is a Himalayan hideaway with a wealth of mystery concealed within its hills. As the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world, you’ll notice a strong religious influence in all walks of life, as well as the widespread philosophy of ‘National Happiness’. During your stay in Bhutan, a daily tourism fee covers a local guide, museum fees, meals and transport. Local tours are an ideal way to explore the main destinations like Thimphu, Paro – home to the famous Taktsang Monastery – and Jakar – the site of the ancient Kurje Lhakhang temple. Adventurers should head for Bhutan’s lesser-explored east, showcasing the country’s authentic natural beauty. The eastern region features a number of hilltop monasteries and the pilgrimage site of the Aja-nye cave. Whether you’re looking for a short walk or something longer, you’ll encounter dense forests and scenic routes along the way. Most areas have hotels available, with luxury options available in the picturesque towns of Paro, Jakar, Punakha, Gangtey and Thimphu.