Welcome to Bhutan – The Land of Happiness.
Often referred to as the last great Himalayan Kingdom and the last Shangri La, Bhutan is a country of rich history and great mystery. Bhutan balances the ancient and modern worlds, where monks practice meditation to help cultivate a culture that has been called the happiest in the world. In fact, in Bhutan, they even officially measure Gross National Happiness and consider it more important than Gross National Product!
Bhutan, called Druk Yul by its people, is known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. It is one of the world’s most beautiful, yet mysterious places. It is located on the eastern edge of the Himalayan Mountain region. A large part of the area is forested welcoming a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna. The country stretches from subtropical valleys and plains to snowcapped mountain ranges. This landscape makes it the perfect place to trek through the majestic valleys or steep mountains to visit ancient architecture and Buddhist temples.
Bhutan has a rich culture where most of its 700,000 inhabitants practice the Buddhist religion. This secluded land has a rich history embedded into the society and shows through the festival reenactments. Bhutan’s ancient cultural traditions have continued to grow despite the current technological restructuring. Only since the mid 1970’s technology has come to Bhutan. It has become the ultimate tourist destination for adventurers, spiritual awakenings, and serene visages.