About Bhutan

bhutanBhutan, a small kingdom in the Himalayas, borders China to the North and India to the East, South and West. Known as Druk Yul, the Land of Thunder Dragon with an approximately 38,400 sq. km. and the country has approximately 634,972 inhabitants. Bhutan is gifted with dreamlike natural beauty; rarely found anywhere else in the world. Which is further accentuated by the hospitality of its people,charm of the medieval customs and the picturesque ceremonial dances.

Bhutan is a country where Gross National Happiness is the guiding principle of development through the preservation and conservation of its rich culture and traditions, good governance and equitable distribution of material wealth. Bhutan has over more than 70% of its land under forest cover. Environment preservation is one of the five pillars of the country’s development philosophy popularly known as Gross National Happiness. Bhutan is home to 770 bird species that include 16 globally threatened species like the White bellied heron and the Black Necked Crane. Bhutan is a natural bird sanctuary and if you are an avid bird watcher, BHUTAN is the destination for you. Bhutan is poised to become one of the highest per capita income countries in the South Asia region. With so many offers from the world, the country had remained a forbidden land for a long time. Although now thrown open to tourist, the Bhutanese people still zealously guard their age old life style and culture.

The peaceful people of Bhutan are mainly of three ethnic groups. The Ngalops (westerners), The Sharshops (easterner) and The Lhotsampa (southerner).The people of Bhutan are naturally well-built and hard working. Contrary to their tough physical looks, they are peace and fun loving. Bhutanese people still live in small villages on riverbanks or gently sloping hills, overlooking Terrence fields and pasture lands.

The state religion of Bhutan is the Drukpa Kagyupa sect of Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhism has played a vital role in shaping the history of the nation and life of the people whose deep faith in this religion is clearly reflected in their way of life. Religion monuments and symbols can be seen throughout Bhutan, from most densely populated valley to the remote mountains. Prayer flags are the most common symbols of Buddhism that can be found in and around every Temple, Monasteries and Dzongs. Monks are held in great respect and play an active role in community life.

This picturesque “Last Shangri-La” is one of the world best-kept secrets. It should thus be hardly surprising that, as you read this, you find yourself among the few people in the world who know that such a country, as Bhutan even exists.

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