Bhutan

Bhutan

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan opened up to tourism in 1974. A devoutly Buddhist kingdom and also called “ Druk-Yul” or the land of the thunder Dragon. Located in the heart of the high Himalayan mountain range, Bhutan is a land locked country surrounded by Mountains in the north and west.

BhutanA population of 600,000 is made of primarily of indigenous Bhutanese known as the Drukpa. It is a land steeped in religion. Ancient Dzongs (fortresses) stand sentinel in calm Valleys through which flows a serene Himalayan rivers.

The Buddhist faith has played and continues to play a fundamental role in the cultural, ethical and sociological development of Bhutan and its people. Annual festivals which are very important spiritual occasions are held in each districts. Festivals are a major attraction to tourists.

Bhutan has been able to retain its traditional identity by making concerted effort of not allowing outsiders to settle here although tourists from all over the world are very cordially welcomes. The Bhutanese government feels very protective way of life, religion, culture and dresses and people are discouraged from adopting outside cultures. Even viewing of TV telecasts till 1997 was prohibited and the wearing of the national dress by citizen is compulsory. Bhutan has somehow managed to adopt only those outside values, which would help in improving their way of life without being overwhelmed by outsider’s culture.

Bhutan has the altitudes ranging from sea level to 7,500 meters. In a land of such varied altitude, it is natural to find wide-ranging flora and fauna. Tropical wildlife and flora abounds on the southern boarder with elephants and tiger roaming in jungles of Sal, walnut and plantains. In the temperate central Bhutan, red pandas, black bears and deer take shelter in forest of Magnolia and rhododendrons. In the arid and dry northern, borders, wild asses and snow leopards can be found.

Trekking is one of the best way to see Bhutan. High passes which once carried traders between Tibet and Bhutan cut through the mountain range. Glaciers tumble down slopes creating mountains top lakes and fast flowing rivers that rush through narrow gorgs and wind through lush valleys.

Bhutan is one of the world's most protected and well traditionalised Nation. One's dream of exploring the Himalayan Bhuddhist region is incomplete without Bhutan Tour for sure.