About Bhutan



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Geography
Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is landlocked by the Tibetan plateau in the north, Indian states of Assam and West Bengal, in the south and west and Sikkim in the east. The highest peaks in Bhutan give way to subtropical climate and dense jungles as it inches southwards to reveal the lowest point in Bhutan… Read more>>


Religion
In the 8th century Guru Rinpoche (Precious Master) arrived in Bhutan and laid down the foundation of Tantric Buddhism in Bhutan. According to legend Guru Rinpoche flew to Paro Taksang (Tigers nest) on the back of a flying tigress. Taksang is a monastery perched on the side of a 3000 meter cliff and is recognized as… Read more>>


Father of Modern Bhutan
Bhutan is the last surviving Buddhist kingdom of the Himalayas, the Buddhist kingdoms of Sikkim, Ladakh and Mustang have been swallowed by their powerful neighbors. To allay threats against its sovereignty Bhutan’s farsighted leaders retained the nation’s independence by executing a policy…Read more>>


Father of Bhutan
In the 17th century Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal shaped the unique Bhutanese way of life which is strongly guided by Buddhist values and beliefs. Shabdrung shaped a distinctive Bhutanese cultural identity which distinguished the country from neighboring countries and established a common…Read more>>


King of Hearts
During the reign of the fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck Bhutan underwent a period of political reformation and decentralization. Early in his reign His Majesty formed the Dzongkhag Yargay Tshogdue (District Developmental Committee) where elected members of the committee… Read more>>


Gross National Happiness
Economists the world over have argued that the key to happiness is obtaining and enjoying material development. Bhutan however, adheres to a very different belief and advocates that amassing material wealth does not necessarily lead to happiness. Bhutan… Read more>>


Food
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillis 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. Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side… Read more>>


Climatic
The climate in Bhutan is extremely varied. This variation in the climatic conditions and average temperature can be attributed to two main factors, the vast differences in altitude present in the country and the influence of the north Indian monsoons.Southern Bhutan has a hot, humid sub-tropical climate… Read more>>


Economy
Despite Bhutan’ small population there has been much economic development in recent years and the economy is growing rapidly.While a large part of the Bhutanese population is still illiterate and reside in rural areas with approximately 1in 5 still living under the poverty line, the majority of all Bhutanese… Read more>>