No trip to Bhutan would be complete without hiking to the Tiger’s Nest but since it’s more or less a 10km hike up, it’s a pretty long hike that needs a little warm up session. This Gangtey Nature Trail is only an easy 2 hour trek around the valley’s wildlife sanctuary so it was a good way to prep our legs for the hike we’re about to go on.
As you can see in the photos below, Bhutan is rich in fertile lands and nature. So even though the country is poor, no one is homeless. Everyone has a place to live and food to eat which makes the country’s Gross National Happiness pretty high. Yes, you read that right. Unlike other nations, Bhutan places strong emphasis on Gross National Happiness which focuses on economic growth, cultural preservation, environmental sustainability and good governance. How awesome is that? It’s also because of this guiding principle that Bhutan has taken a strict environmental stance and believes in protecting the country’s 72 percent of forest cover–making it a home to a plethora of fauna and flora. This, together with the country’s deep spiritual and social harmony is probably why Bhutan is called “The Last Shangrila”.