Why visit Bhutan?
The Kingdom of Bhutan or Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon) is a country wedged in the Eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet. Bhutan opened its borders to the outside world less than four decades ago. A virtually untouched land, its unique cultural heritage has been preserved along with its pristine environment. Geographically, Bhutan is endowed with three climatic zones, ranging from the Himalayan peaks through the gently sloping chirpine forests in the central regions that spill into the tropical Southern plains. Culturally Bhutan is a mosaic of various customs and traditions that are woven together in perfect harmony.
There are countless reasons why you should visit Bhutan but here are a few:
- The development philosophy of GNH: Bhutan is perhaps the first country to officially embrace measures of well being beyond economic progress. Its national development aspiration of GNH seeks a balance between economic, social, spiritual and environmental priorities. This has resulted in a vibrant preservation of its living culture. Its unparalleled environmental efforts are also visible in its pristine un-peaked mountains and diverse ecological landscape. The country is also proud of its social cohesion and community vitality and as a visitor you will bear witness to the compassion and open mindedness of the people you will interact with in rural and urban Bhutan.
- A place in a time warp: Bhutan is a unique country where the present, past and future are very much alive. You can witness firsthand the transformation that is unfolding as the country integrates more deeply with the rest of the world. An interesting trivia is that country introduced television in 1994 and undertook its first democratic elections that were initiated by the Monarchy in 2008.
- Diversity: If there is one word that describes Bhutan besides ‘unique’ it is the diversity you witness across multiple dimensions. Geographically the landscape changes from the snow-capped Himalayan peaks to the sub-tropical jungles along the southern foothills. Culturally from the nomadic yak herders to the earliest inhabitants of the far-flung villages in South Western Bhutan.
- People: The pristine beauty of Bhutan is but one of its attributes. What try sets Bhutan apart is the relaxed nature and compassion of its people. As a Buddhist society Bhutanese in general are very spiritual and genuinely believe in Karma. However, this does not imply that they do not know how to have fun. Bhutanese are one of the most fun-loving people in the world. They are particularly deft at adapting to people from any background. Be assured that you will make many new friends for life.