Bhutan

Archeological records indicate that Bhutan was inhabited as early as 2000 BC, although most of early Bhutanese history is unclear due to a 1827 fire in the ancient capital of Punakha.

Today Bhutan is revealing itself, although slowly and hesitatingly. It started in 1999 with a young, western-educated leader, but even today a generation later not everyone is on board, especially the powerful monks. A visit to this mysterious, ancient country is like discovering Shangri-La!