Bhutan
The country of Bhutan is one of the few places on earth, that has never been colonized – a country that boasts of heritage going back to prehistoric times. Its belief system seeped in magic and mystic mystery has protected its natural environment and presents to the world a haven that World Wildlife Fund calls the 'Hot spot of biodiversity' and the world as the 'Last Shangrila'
Bhutan has fewer cars than number of cattle and no traffic lights or McDonalds. Bhutan measures progress of the nation and the society in terms of NOT economic development or GDP but in terms of happiness which is being called Gross National Happiness. For a small nation, it dares to be different. When there are revolutions around the world for their leaders to cease being in power, Bhutan's absolute monarch the 4th King initiated transition into democracy and gave away power over the government to elected representative against the wishes of the people.
Its size is 70 times smaller than that of its southern neighbor India and two hundred and five times smaller than the northern neighbor China. Its' less than a million people is speck comparing to population of these two most populous nations in the world. Yet it has remained harmonious with these giants and maintained their own unique way of life, which captures hearts of less than thirty thousand visitors that country allows every year.
And the peacefulness of the Buddhist and other faiths flourishing in harmony permeates every being and air in this dragon country.

People & Culture

Bhutan is comprised of a mosaic of different peoples who continue to live in valleys isolated from one another and the outside world by formidable mountain passes. Differing ethnic groups are also distributed according to the varying environments. It is possible to divide Bhutan's population into three broad ethnic groups, though the distinctions blur in places.
Southern Bhutan is inhabited mainly by Nepalese farmers who arrived in the country at the end of the 19th century. They brought the Hindu religion with them as well as the Nepalese language, which is still spoken today over much of Southern Bhutan. Photo Young ChildThere is not the same mingling of Buddhism and Hinduism as is apparent in Nepal, and the two tend to keep apart.
The central Himalayan region is the home of the Drukpa people, who are of Mongoloid origin. Most breed cattle or cultivate the land, and their dwellings are spread over a wide area.
The Northern Himalayan Zone, over 3,000 meters (9,000 feet), is the haunt of semi nomadic yak herdsmen. They spend most of the year in their black yak hair tents, but also possess dry-stone walled houses, where they spend the coldest months of the year and which are used to store their goods. Additives to a diet composed mainly of yak milk, cheese, butter and meat are barley and winter wheat, plus a few root vegetables grown in small fields.
Believed to be the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan, the Sharchops are of Indo-Mongolian type, though their exact origin is unknown (Tibet being the most likely source). At present, they live mainly in the east of Bhutan.
Bhutan Routes
  • Central Bhutan Tour

    • Duration: 11 Days
    • Best Season: October - April
    • Grade: Gentle
    • Route: Paro - Wangdi - Trongsa - Bumthang - Phobjikha - Punakha - Thimphu - Paro
  • The Land of Mystic Splendour and the Thunder Dragons

    • Duration: 16 Days
    • Best Season: October - April
    • Grade: Moderate
    • Route: Kolkata - Bagdogra - Gangtok - Ravangla - Yuksom - Pelling - Kalimpong - Damsang Fort Trek - Samthar Trek - Phuntsholing - Thimphu - Paro - Trek to Taktsang Monastery - Kolkata
  • The Land Of The Thunder Dragon And The One Horned Rhino

    • Duration: 14 Days
    • Best Season: January to June and September to December
    • Grade: Gentle
    • Route: Kolkata - Paro - Thimphu - Wangdue Phodrang - Bumthang - Trashigang - Mongar - Samdrup Jhonkhar - Kaziranga National Park - Dibrugarh - Kolkata
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