Bhutan has avoided most western and global trends and its relatively isolated status makes it a unique wellness destination. The country is situated between India, China, Nepal and Tibet. Bhutan is a Buddhist state, with limits on tourist numbers. Until recently, western dress was banned. These days it’s okay, but dress modestly. You’ll need to cover your legs, arms and shoulders when visiting temples or other Buddhist monuments.
Bhutan’s long isolation means the country’s ecosystem is virtually untouched by humans. As a result, the landscape is amongst the most natural in the world and the infrastructure is basic. Any trip around Bhutan will come with a guide. This will not only help you navigate the country’s roads in the safest manner, but you’ll also have an expert by your side to introduce you to local people, culture and customs.
It’s also worth knowing that Bhutan is at high altitude. Lowlands may be around 7,000 feet above sea level. Of course, if you visit the mountains you’ll go much higher. Whilst most people can adapt to the general altitude quickly, it’s worth reminding yourself of this if you feel a bit ‘heady’ for the first few days of your stay. For those wanting a unique experience on a wellness getaway, a visit to Bhutan will truly change your life!