The Land of the peaceful dragon and often referred as well the land of Thunder Dragon is almost the size of Switzerland, the country like Nepal is a landlocked in between the giant neighbors Tibet, China to the north and bordering with India to its south-east and west.
Bhutan habitats incredible scenery of wide range of flora and fauna making it a traveler’s paradise and its steeped in Buddhist traditions and mythology and the country seems to be caught in a time warp which is evident in the timelessness. Bhutan has retained its old glory, religious and cultural values despite encroachment of modern civilizations in every nook and corners of the world, its unspoiled majestic virgin snow-capped mountains, and its unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries with its architectural style like no other, and a land of warm friendly people have made this country a truly mesmerizing cultural destination.
BHUTAN, a Himalayan country to the east of Nepal beyond Darjeeling and Sikkim (INDIA), invites you to explore the land of THUNDERBOLT. A tour of Bhutan brings you to a typical land of colorful cultural heritage and hospitality. THIMPU, the capital of Bhutan and the surrounding areas offer you varied scenic beauty of the mountains and hills and visits of Buddhist Monasteries will let you opportunities of experiencing the spiritual bliss. The sound of bells and drums resounding in the tranquil atmosphere offer you peace of mind and soul. Explore this land and return to your country carrying in your heart all the happiness that this land of THUNDERBOLT offers you.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked nation in the Himalaya Mountains, sandwiched between India and the People’s Republic of China in South Asia. The local name for the country is Druk Yul. It is also called Druk Tsendhen (land of the thunder dragon) because the thunder there is said to be the sound of roaring dragons. Historically Bhutan was known by many names, such as Lho Mon (southern land of darkness), Lho Tsendenjong (southern land of the cypress), and Lhomen Khazhi (southern land of four approaches). The origins of the name Bhutan are unclear; historians have suggested that it may have originated in variations of the Sanskrit words Bhota-ant (the end of Bhot – another word for Tibet, or Bhu-uttan (highlands). The word Bhutan as a name for the country dates from the late 19th century.
Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world; however, the country maintains strong economic and cultural links with India. Foreign influences and tourism are heavily regulated by the government to preserve the country’s traditional culture and national identity. The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding seven thousand meters. Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion and accounts for about half the population. Thimpu is the capital and largest city.
Trekking in Bhutan is unlike anywhere else in the Himalayas. The walks are long and arduous but they are complimented by crystal air, lonely paths and views that defy description. The trails lead one through alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, around the foothills of the snow peaked Himalayas, emerald green valleys and crystal lakes. One also gets the opportunity to see a wide variety of flora and fauna. One can travel for days without so much as seeing another person.
On all treks, one will be accompanied by a guide, a cook, porters and luggage animals. Trekkers need rarely to carry more than a day pack. Every precaution is taken to ensure the safety and comfort of the trekkers.
Most of the designated treks go above 9,000 ft (3,000 m) – 18,000 ft ( 6,000 m). Altitude sickness is an acute problem for trekkers in Bhutan and is not recommended for people who are not properly acclimatized or for those who suffer from high altitude sickness. Trekking permits are required on all treks. The treks vary from short 3 day walks over relative low altitudes to over 3 week long treks which takes one through some of the highest passes in the kingdom. Plan a trip with us and venture into territory that was forbidden for so long…
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