Bhutan Information

Bhutan TourThough the original name from the time of Marco Polo was ‘Bootan,’ the natives call their country 'Druk Yul' which means the Land of Thunder Dragon and its inhabitants are called 'Drukpa'. Bhutan is known to the world by several names such as the ‘the Last Shangri-La’ or ‘the Last Place on the Roof of the World’. It is also called “Window in the Sky”. The landlocked country is located between Tibet in the north, Indian states of West Bengal and Assam in the south, and Arunachal Pradesh in the east. Thimpu is the capital city of this small and remote kingdom. The national language is Dzongkha, with Buddhism being the dominant religion, and some percentage of the population being Hindu.

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is about 25,000 feet above sea level, its mountains hiding it from the rest of the world, shrouded in legend and myth—its supernatural beings, ancient monasteries and fortresses amidst a breathless sight. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Bhutan offers spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty and a unique culture. Beautiful Buddhist monasteries, carved wooden houses and the fine crafts of Bhutan are some of the major attraction for the tourist in Bhutan. A land with a tolerant people, vibrant and orthodox culture, Bhutan is often referred to as the ‘living museum’ of the world.

Most of the population continues to live in small, isolated farms and hamlets surrounded by terraced fields of rice and cereal crops. At higher altitudes, in isolated valleys, people still live in tents woven from yak-hair, spending part of the year in alpine pastures, grazing their livestock. Much of Bhutan is still covered in thick forest, which sustains a wealth of plant and bird life. Above the tree line the country is wild and rugged, the mountains are largely unexplored and offer some of the best trekking in the Himalayas .