About Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is wedged between India and China along the lofty mountains of the eastern Himalayas, between longitude 88°45' and 92 degree10' east and latitude 26 degree40' and 28degree15'. With an area of approximately 46,500 sq. kilometers, Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland in both size and topography, being largely mountainous. The country with these borders form a giant staircase, from a narrow strip of land in the south at an altitude of 10,000 feet, up to some of the unclimbed Himalayan peaks on Earth.

For centuries, the people and the rulers have vehemently protected their independence and Bhutan is one of the few countries that escaped the yoke of colonization. The independent state of Bhutan today is one of the last bastions of Mahayana Buddhism. Thus, Bhutan today remains one of the most sought after destinations in the world of tourism and Travel.

Bhutan embarked on the path of socioeconomic development only in the 1960's and is now one of the fastest developing nations in Asia. The impressive strides in the development sector have not come at the cost of the culture and environment. With more than 70% of the total area covered by forests and diverse flora and fauna, the country has been declared as "One of the Ten Global Hotspot" in the World. In cities and hamlets across the kingdom, the people live a way of life that is rich in tradition and steeped in the age-old system of hospitality. The pristine state of environment; the vibrant tradition and culture and the kindness of the people are some of the long-lasting impressions that visitors to the kingdom have cherished after the stay in the kingdom. The country has also not shied from the good that modernity has to offer. It is this ability of the Bhutanese people that fascinates the visitor. For instance, a sick Bhutanese can either go to see a doctor trained in best medical schools of India or a traditional medicine practitioner well versed in the country's own medicine. The intermingling of the east and the west has produced a fascinating visage that makes a visit to Bhutan one of the most memorable ones.

The first tourists came to Bhutan in 1974 when the present monarch His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuk was crowned as the fourth King of this land of the Thunder Dragon. Ever since, Bhutan has welcomed thousands of visitors. One would think that years of development have eroded the beauty of this country, which was referred in the olden days as the " The Lotus Garden of the Gods". All this progress has come in tandem with the preservation and promotion of the country's cultural heritage. The Government pursues an active policy of preserving the numerous temples, monasteries and fortresses that dot the countryside. The monastic schools and meditation centers located across the kingdom are home to thousand of monks and priests who cater to the spiritual needs of the Bhutanese people. The weavings and a vast range of handicrafts of Bhutan are known for their beauty and make perfect gifts.