This tiny kingdom, “land of the thunder dragon” (Druk Yul) in Bhutanese, may be the most unspoiled place in the world. This is partly thanks to its secluded position in the low Himalayas, but also to the conscious decision of the Bhutanese to place harmony and wellbeing above all other values and use GNH (Gross National Happiness) as a measure of progress. As a result the environment and the traditional culture remain fully intact, and you will seldom find a friendlier, more open people. Ever since Guru Rinpoche rode a flying tigress across the country to defeat evil spirits in the 8th century, the Bhutanese have been deep believers in Tantric Buddhism. To travel to this mountain kingdom is to immerse oneself in a spiritual world where even the most humble farmer’s hut has a prayer room, isolated monasteries perch on mountainsides and multicoloured prayer flags flap in the wind. Visitors can meditate, practice yoga or relax in spas to fully capture the local serenity. Traditional architecture nestled amid spectacular views of soaring mountains and gentle valleys, dotted with the bright colours of the farmers’ hand-woven clothing, the orange tones of the monks’ robes, or a string of red chillies hung to dry outside a hut: in Bhutan, serene beauty is everywhere.