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About Bhutan

Bhutan in brief

Bhutan (Drukyul – Land of Thunder dragon) is a small independent sovereign country in the eastern Himalayas of Asia. Even if Bhutan is a moderately developed nation placed in between colossal countries like China and India with an approximate population of 800,000, Bhutan has uniquely created its mark in the world. It stands for being the only carbon-negative country with extravagant forest coverage and natural wildlife.

Mainly because of the wise concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) Bhutan has not only a serene atmosphere with a hospitable society and loving monarchs but also various natural hotspots to attract visitors from all around the world. Bhutanese people have strong faith and dedication to their religion.

Their faith in god and the good aspects of humanity is what binds the citizens with the brotherly sense of belongingness as ‘one nation, one people. The state religion of the Kingdom of Bhutan is Vajrayana Buddhism, the most scholarly teaching in the Buddhist world.

However, only about three-fourths of its population is Buddhist and around one-fourth population follows Hinduism, and merely one percent accounts for Christianity and non-religious communities.

Interesting facts on Drukyul

Bhutan is a fairytale, just as its evolution or development is. Secluded in the folds of the great Himalayan Mountains, its population of over 700,000 live harmoniously with Nature. It is perhaps the only country, where you may have to press your car’s brakes as a leopard crosses the road also known as Druk Yul (Home of the Dragon), the country’s rich history contains stories of the colonial powers’ bid to secure Bhutan and their failure.

Bhutan Historical Events

However, the uncolonized land had its share of civil strife until 1907, when unanimity brought all Bhutanese together and handed the reins of governance to the then Trongsa Penlop (Governor), Ugyen Wangchuck. It was December 17, 1907, and the Wangchuck Dynasty was born. After decades of self-imposed isolation, Bhutan took a new road, embarking on a development model borrowed from the then USSR – the Five–Year –Plans. It was the early sixties and within a decade Bhutan achieved what has taken other nations even centuries.

Historical facts concerning Monyul

However, Bhutan’s visionary Leaders knew that development was a double-edged sword. The Middle Path to development was adopted, with cautious steps, to ensure that its culture and environment remained intact. Medievalism and modernity moved together hand in hand. Natural bounties, both flora, and fauna were protected.

The fruits of this unique approach are manifested in the Bhutanese way of life; embodied in the hundreds of prayer flags, temples, and stupas that dot the country and epitomized in its name as a haven for protected flora and fauna. Bhutan could be called a museum showcasing what the world has lost.

Tourism Development in Kingdom

It was for this very reason that Bhutan maintained a “High-Value Low Volume” tourism policy, especially to keep at bay the “Hippie Culture.” Propagator and the spring of Gross National Happiness (GNH), the Himalayan Kingdom is today one of the most sought-after high-end tourist destinations. And there is no reason why it should not be, for Bhutan is an unparalleled nation of the 21st century.

Bhutan is indeed considered a piece of paradise on earth with its charismatic natural beauty and dramatic landscapes.

Hence it is widely depicted as a modern-day Shangri-La. It is the most peaceful and almost crime-free country with hardly any Beggars or homeless people roaming around. Furthermore, the Bhutanese government is considerate with the citizens that Education and health treatments are provided freely to citizens of all ages But only if the cases are serious the government refers the patients to India under their full care.

Women and children of all age are given equal rights, there isn’t any gender discrimination in Bhutan, and in fact, the Bhutanese people even support the LGBT and works together to create a harmonious society free of corruption and stereotypes. 

Any business or use of tobacco and its products is strictly banned in public places & gatherings in Bhutan and smoking in a public area is a punishable offense in the country. Bhutan warmly welcomes tourists and exchange students/officials from all around the world and those visitors who had their experience in Bhutan always remain grateful for the memorable hospitality they received from the people and place.

Therefore, we at Truly Bhutan promise all possible efforts to make your Bhutan visit comfortable and the most endearing experience of your life.

 From the ordinary farmer’s houses to the most impressive and commanding public structures like Dzongs (Fortress), Lhakhang (Temples), and Chortens (stupas)

It looks as though the Jewel of the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan, was destined to dream that dream, forge that vision and communicate the eternal longing of the human heart. 

Described as a natural paradise, while the world mourns the loss of its ecology, Bhutan has emerged as an example

 Chilies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy

The upper yellow half signifies the secular power and authority of the king while the lower saffron-orange symbolizes the practice of religion and the power of Buddhism

The country was originally known by many names including Lho Jong, ‘The Valleys of the South’, Lho Mon Kha Shi, ‘The Southern Mon Country of Four Approaches’

He introduced the dual system of governance with the Je Khenpo as the spiritual head of the nation and the Desi, as the head of the temporal aspects

Bhutan’s prehistoric era fell roughly between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500. Natural calamities and man-made activities like fire, earthquake, flood, and battles destroyed whatever records may once have existed

Southern Bhutan has a hot, humid sub-tropical climate that is unchanging throughout the year. Temperatures can vary between 15-30

Western Bhutan is the prominent division of Bhutan; consisting of capital Thimphu as well as the only international airport in Paro, the main entry point to country.

 Though Bhutan is a small country with moderate development and sparsely populated settlements the landscapes and climate vary dramatically. 

Bhutan is also well known for mural paintings. For example: the cosmic Mandalas at the entrance of dzongs 

While most of the tourists visiting Bhutan resort to exploring the parts of Paro and Thimphu, Bhutan offers much more fascinating places in the central region

Eastern Bhutan remains the least visited geographical region of the country. Mongar is the closest district of Eastern Bhutan from Bumthang. It is a fascinating journey 

The prehistoric period of Bhutan remains vague, as most of the ancient records that were kept in Punakha got destroyed in a massive fire of 1827.