Thimphu – Tashichho Dzong (right) is a focal point in Bhutan's capital city of Thimphu. It's the main secretariat building and houses the offices of the king.
What to do in Bhutan – Trekking is the quintessential activity in Bhutan, offering visitors an intense experience of high-altitude nature at its most dramatic.
Majority Buddist country – The Taktsang Lhakhang monastery is Bhutan's most famous attraction.
Unique opportunities – Bhutan officially targets "high value, low impact" tourism.
Punakha Dzong – Strategically located at the confluence of the Mo and Pho rivers to protect Bhutan from Tibetan invasions, Punakha Dzong is the country's greatest fortress.
Punakha Dzong – Punakha Dzong fortress is home to the most sacred of Bhutan's possessions: an image of the Bodhisattva of Compassion that Guru Rinpoche brought with him from Tibet.
Buddhist influence – Flanked by India and China, Bhutan has a rich Buddhist culture. The Memorial Chorten Monastery (pictured) is located in Thimphu.
Devotees – Pilgrims can be found prostrating themselves at religious sites around the country.
Royal family – Oxford-educated Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married Queen Jetsun Pema in 2011.
Green nation – Some 60% of the country is covered in forest.
Wild land – Cross-country treks and cycling paths are great ways to experience the Himalayan kingdom. You'll find suggested excursions in the guide below.
New adventure – Cycling is an emerging tourist activity in Bhutan.
Changlimithang Stadium – The Changlimithang national stadium in Thimpu has hosted international games such as World Cup qualifiers and celebrations like this 2014 party celebrating the king's 34th birthday.
Paro Dzong – Dominating the Paro Valley, Paro Dzong fortress was built in the 1600s as a symbol of religious and political authority.