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Bhutan - Land of Thunder Dragon

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Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. The ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ – Bhutan nestles in the mountainous regions of the Eastern Himalayas and is one of the cleanest countries in the South Asian territory. A remote kingdom that still clings on to its Buddhist culture but embraces modernization,

 

 Bhutan is a land with monasteries, traditional architecture, beautiful valleys, snow-clad mountain views and lush greenery. Being Landlocked the country enjoys significant tourist influx from its neighbors Tibet and India. Following traditional Buddhist culture, Bhutan observes Tantric Buddhism and following Vajrayana Buddhism as the state religion. It has a glorious past and is known to have never been conquered. 

 

It is a constitutional obligation that 60% of Bhutan remains covered with forest and it is among the first ‘Carbon Negative’ countries in the world where Tobacco selling is banned. With its sustainable growth of natural resources, protected natural environment, cultural heritage and good governance.

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Bhutan achieved “Gross National Happiness” by switching from ‘Gross National Product’ ideal of the western countries. It is hence known as the Happiest Country in Asia. 

 

Foreign tourists from around the world except for India, Maldives and Bangladesh are required to pay a minimum Tariff of 250 USD per day to visit Bhutan. Visitors from these three countries have other procedures to avail a permit. Otherwise, Bhutan is considered to be one of the cheapest countries to travel to in the World. Indian currency is widely accepted all over the nation. Hence Indians find it hassle-free to travel.

 

Bhutan is shrouded in mysteries and a rich history which sometimes could be surprising. It is a land of chilies and red rice, where chilies aren't used for seasoning but as the main ingredient. 

 

Bhutanese people as you will find women and men wearing Kira and Gho respectively to work, educational institutions and on festivals.

 

It's hard to not notice giant phallus paintings over the walls of many houses, which are a part of their tradition. The Drametse Mask dance with colorful costumes depicting demons, heroes, gods and animals should not be missed as it is UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

Modern Rigsar played with traditional instruments like Boedra and Zhungdra as well as modern electronic keyboards is an auditory treat. Although a land that's slowly modernizing, Bhutan still clings on to their Buddhist traditions which makes the country profound.

The ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ – Bhutan nestles in the mountainous regions of the Eastern Himalayas and is one of the cleanest countries in the South Asian territory.