“This peaceful nation is emerging as a big draw, attracting those in search of a spiritual journey, a hiking adventure – or just a chance to experience a place before the rest of the world gets there. [Bhutan is] a Brigadoon of astonishing beauty.”
The New York Times, “Why Is Everyone Going to Bhutan?”
Often called the “Crown Jewel of the Himalayas,” the tiny kingdom of Bhutan is the last independent country in the region to support Buddhism as the official state religion. The independence of the country is partly looked after by the ice-cold snow capped mountains in the north and dense jungle in the south that has proved to be the natural barriers for protecting the country from the outside forces for centuries and centuries. The heart of the country is blessed with marvelous maze of endless valleys with magnificent landscape where Bhutanese have cautiously kept alive the rich legacy of traditional values and religious customs.
The kingdom is nestled in the eastern Himalayas, bordering Tibet to the north and India to the south with an aerial distance 350 Km from east to west and around 150 Km from north to south. The total area of the country is 38,394 Sq Km with a population barely estimated to be 700,000.
With a unique development philosophy based on the guiding principles of Gross National Happiness there are tremendous signs of accomplishment throughout the country. Town and villages are boosting to meet the needs of all Bhutanese. Monasteries, Temples and Fortress are carefully repaired and maintained as needed, providing a welcome sanctuary for monks, nuns and Bhutanese public to connect with their long religious heritage.
Between the mountain villages, the beautiful landscapes are carefully managed to ensure biodiversity for a wide range of flora and fauna.
“Spared much of the world’s turbulence and the more devastating aspects of globalization, the kingdom of Bhutan is keenly admired by many societies who have lost touch with their rush to the future.”