Oh, Bhutan! Many call it the Happiest Country in Asia. Just meet its lovely people.
They are generous, kind, untainted by anxious insecurity and bewildered depression that seem abnormally normal back in our home countries. Many have asked me, how should they travel through Bhutan? I’ve always answered: Just go and mingle with the locals.
City folks in Thimphu (Bhutan’s capital) are beautiful souls, but the villagers in the countryside will immediately offer their bathrooms to strangers (like me) who really need them in midst of 5-hour road trips. Inside a local Bhutanese villager’s home is not about materialistic matters, but things that matter to the heart. Generosity of sharing their favorite drinks, opening their home kitchen to traveler’s eyes and stomaches and all done with beautiful smiles on delightful faces.
There’s no denying that learning about Bhutanese culture and hiking the Tiger’s Nest will be part of your repertoire in Bhutan. But if you can, get to know its people. Their ease will mediate your being, leaving you feeling zen and calm throughout the rest of your stay. They don’t have much, but they sure inspire and give a whole lot more than you could ever imagine.