“Bhutan is determined to be guided by the values and priorities that have helped it to remain a unique country in a rapidly changing world”
“Gross national happiness is a profound message to the world today, a world where people are said to have lost their souls in the chase for material comfort.”
Bhutan is a tiny Buddhist country wedged in between India and Tibet. It hangs high at the height of clouds among the mighty Himalayan Mountains. Closed to the world until 1974, Bhutan is often romantically referred to as The Last Shangri-la. The country boasts about some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. It has spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain ranges with over 70% of the country covered by virgin forest.
Bhutan is a country deeply rooted in tradition and it has successfully managed to preserve a lot of its ancient culture despite facing the ripple effects of a changing world. To this day, people continue to wear traditional dress and follow ancient customs. The people are charming, warm and gracious with their generosity and hospitality minting a lasting impression on all those who visit.
Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland both in its size and topography with an area of 38,394 square km. The great Himalayan Mountains protected Bhutan from the rest of the world and left it delightfully untouched through out centuries.
Buddhism was brought to Bhutan by Guru Padmasambava in the 8th century AD. The form of Buddhism that had been introduced in Tibet was later brought to Bhutan by numerous lamas over the mountainaeous terrain. Buddhism is the main religion in Bhutan and people follow Drukpa Kagyup, a school of Mahayana Buddhism prioritizing essence of culture, tradition and lineage system. The local people have protected this sacred lineage and unique identity for centuries by choosing to remain aloft covered in enviously a guarded isolation.
Bhutan has opened its doors for tourism in 1974, after the coronation of the fourth king, his majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It is perhaps the worlds most special and high end tourist destination. It has retained the charisma of a very indigenous world. The travel experience to this country is the fully glorified by resplendent nature of this ancient land and its embodiment are all depicted in form of monastic fortresses, ancient temples, monasteries and stupas. Prayer flags fluttering on the hillsides and neighborhood farmhouses, green forest with meandering glacial rivers and the inimitable architecture of the fortresses and houses are some land mark of the countryside. Every moment is special as one discovers the country and people have chosen to preserve it in all its eternal purity.