17+ Bhutan photos revealed the beauty of the world’s happiest country.

Margot Raggett, a freelance travel and wildlife photographer, shares her stunning images of Bhutan’s fascinating kingdom.

“When people ask me what Bhutan is like, I tell them it’s like Narnia: it’s so remote and unlike anywhere else on Earth that I’ve visited. And then I beg them to come before it’s too late, before everything changes.

“Bhutan is one of the last Kingdoms on the planet and bills itself as the happiest country on the planet, and I have to say, based on what I saw, they’re pretty much right. The country’s wealth is measured by the happiness of its people, not its GDP (Gross National Happiness), and the citizens are extremely well cared for by the state. Graffiti and garbage are non-existent, and crime is low. People are required to wear a traditional national dress at all times, resulting in an explosion of colorful outfits everywhere you go. My jeans makes me look bad.”

“I went to coincide with the famous Paro Tshechu festival, which features days of traditional dances performed for visitors who come from all over in their finest attire. Aside from the many beautiful temples and breathtaking scenery, the best thing about Bhutan for me was the warmth and beauty of the people, which I spent the majority of my time attempting to capture. It is truly a one-of-a-kind place to visit.

Monks making their way into the dzong (monastery) for the Paro Tshechu Festival

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Monks walk in Monastery, Bhutan, Copyright Margot Raggett

Prayer flags in the wind

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Flags in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

Punakha Dzong, Paro

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Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

Locals walking past Punakha Dzong, Paro

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Men walk in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

A young nun at the entrance to a temple

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Bhutan Monk, copyright Margot Raggett

A traditionally decorated balcony

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Small girl in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

Religious candles burn in a dzong

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Candles in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

A joker (Atsara) mask on sale for the Paro Tshechu Festival, used to entertain the crowds

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Statue Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

A festival-goer with her young child strapped to her back

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Woman and baby in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

Young boys watch a game of football from a monastery window

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Monks look out from Monastery, Bhutan, Copyright Margot Raggett

A giant thangka (embroidered painting) of the Guru Throngdel

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Festival dances in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

Prayers held in front of the Throngdel

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Men worship in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

A little boy plays with a piece of string

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Young boy in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

A masked performer does a traditional dance at the festival

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Festival in Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

Crowds at the festival in their best outfits

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People of Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

A young nun amused at having her photo taken

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Bhutan Young Monk, copyright Margot Raggett

A giant statue is paraded around the festival

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Bhutan, copyright Margot Raggett

A masked dancer

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