Until the early 1970s, the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan existed in a state of total isolation, shunning television and tourism in an attempt to preserve its unique cultural identity and culture. From 1974 onwards, King Jigme Singye Wangchuk decided to allow a trickle of foreign tourists to make their way to the landlocked kingdom, requiring each visitor to pay a basic daily fee of $ 250.00 to cover internal travel and accommodation.

It was not until the late 1990s, however, that...
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