MOUNTAIN ECHOES DIARY
Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is a Himalayan kingdom with a reputation for mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. Bhutan is an otherworldly place, where Buddhist traditions mix with a new-found modernity and great reverence is shown to tigers, Steven Seagal and the flaming thunderbolt of wisdom.
For me there’s lots to love about Bhutan. The mountains are carpeted in diverse forests that sing with birds, and it’s the opportunity to explore this relatively untouched corner of the Himalayas that keeps me coming back. A highlight of my recent trip was a pair of rufous-necked hornbills feeding right beside the road. Bhutan’s Buddhist tradition of respect and reverence for nature plus its amazing festivals and engaging people are the