It certainly is as close to perfection as any country I’ve visited. While there is some controversy about touring in Bhutan such as the mandated “per person spend” I found it to be worth every penny. Staying in locally owned hotels and using travel experts that live in the country certainly add to the cultural experience. I’m not opposed to big international travel agencies but like it when the locals benefit the most.
Bhutan, a small country on the southeast slope of the Himalayas is governed by a constitutional monarchy. Much of Bhutanese law has been designed to promote Gross National Happiness, which basically means promoting and preserving their culture instead of giving in to the western ways. My brief experience here found the people to be happy, content and proud of their country and it’s traditions.
During my research stage I read a raving review about a particular travel agency in Bhutan on Trip Advisor. What caught my eye was the fact that they were willing to offer a driver and guide during the dates I wanted, and during my correspondence with them by email I discovered that they were flexible about the daily schedule as well. It appears that most of the companies offer a similar itinerary for their 7 day cultural trip. I went with the Bhutan Travel Company and they added much more hiking to my delight! And as important, they were much less expensive than companies from the outside (saving $4000).