For many people, a Bhutan road trip is a trip of a lifetime. This small landlocked Himalayan country is often described as Shangri-La, and is known for its towering peaks, deep valleys, and raging rivers. It’s also worth visiting for its fascinating culture and its many Buddhist monasteries, many dating back centuries. One thing to keep in mind is that Bhutan is more of a destination for those taking escorted tours, and traveling yourself can be challenging, although it’s not actually forbidden. Several companies offer escorted tours by bus or jeep, and costs, standards of accommodation and the actual itinerary can vary widely. Some companies organize tours for a small group of people, and offer as authentic an experience as possible. Most tours start in the modest capital of Thimpu, although you can expect to see mountains, monasteries and an immersion in the country’s Buddhist culture.