For much of the 20th century, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan was all but forgotten by the world; indeed, in a country where television has only been allowed since 1999, the modern age passed much of Bhutan by. A land of deep valleys and dzong (fortresses) perched on precarious peaks, it is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world. Its continued isolation is no longer an accident: Bhutan's traditional culture is strictly protected and visitors carefully regulated. In the only country in the world where tobacco sales are banned and the capital has no traffic lights, the opportunity to experience a place time forgot isn't a vacation, it's a privilege.

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Wanderers-in-Residence Select Top 14 Destinations for 2014

Jan. 2, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

Our Wanderers in Residence have come together once again to put together their picks of travel destinations for 2014. Scroll through and get inspired to see some of this big beautiful planet of ours

C’mon Get Happy: Bhutan’s Sunny Outlook on Life

Nov. 18, 2013, 12:05 p.m.

This small Himalayan country has managed to quietly stay off the radar for many travellers, but those in the know – and those looking for their own piece of spirituality – are aware that Bhutan’s got a ton to offer

The Pageantry And Chaos Of Bhutanese Monk Debates

May 1, 2013, 9:40 a.m.

Calm at first, the atmosphere is soon broken with loud shouts and the sound of hands slapping, feet stomping. With each passing moment, the typically calm group grows more raucous, vocal and seemingly violent toward each other

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