Bhutan is a travel fantasy for many people, located on the eastern peaks of the majestic Himalaya and landlocked between Tibet and India. The background for a diverse culture rich in religion and mythology is dramatic scenery, scenic mountain routes, snow- capped peaks, fluttering prayer flags, and colorful rhododendrons.

Hiking through gorgeous valleys and across rocky mountain passes, visiting rural villages, tiny Buddhist monasteries mark the land are all options in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Then, visit the famous "Tiger's Nest," Taktsang Monastery, which clings to the edge of a high, forest-studded granite cliff.

Treks in Bhutan are more difficult and rarely take you to the highest peaks of the Himalayan range. The most popular treks are also the most difficult, such as the difficult Jhomolhari trip and the legendary Snowman trek, which is only for the most experienced high-altitude trekkers.

Explore local culture and shop for beautiful textiles and handicrafts in Thimpu, Bhutan's attractive capital; experience traditional Bhutanese archery tournaments, dancing, cheering, and drama; or watch local history and mythology come alive at Bumthang's Jambay Lakhang festival.

Whatever Bhutan trip you choose, the country's beautiful scenery, ancient culture, and humble people will fascinate you.