Bhutan: a high-end tourist destination.

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, Bhutan is the perfect place, but be aware that it’s the antithesis of a shoestring backpacker destination. There’s a daily tourist tax to pay which starts at £130, but this does buy you some peace and quiet: barely 20.000 tourists a year visit the country and the government restricts numbers, keeping it off the international tourist trail.

Stay at the Uma Paro hotel (www.uma.paro.como.bz) and be pampered. Guests are butler-driven to their villa in the blue pine forest above reception where they can enjoy gorgeous views, yoga sessions and relax in the bathhouse, with water heated by hot river rocks.

From here you can take the two hour trek to the Taktsang Monastery known as the Tiger's Nest which is perched on a sheer cliff face 3000 feet above the Paro Valley floor. It was built in honour of Bhutan prophet, Guru Rinponche, who brought Buddhism to the country in the 8th century.

Serious mountain walkers attempt the Snowman Trek, a 25 day hike from Drukyel Dzong to Bumthang. However it’s known as the toughest trek in the world and not for the fainthearted, nor indeed for celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Keira Knightley who have been spotted holidaying in this small kingdom. But if you are an experienced mountain walker and interested, check out www.himalayaexpeditions.com

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