Welcome to The Bhutanese – a one-stop portal to The Bhutanese.
Bhutan is a dream destination for many travellers across the globedue to its rich culture, tradition and pure environment. It has always strived to maintain its uniqueness preserved over centuries of isolation in the folds of the mighty Himalayas.
Sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of culture and tradition, preservation and protection of natural environment are at the forefront of government policy. Every decision is carefully weighed for the benefit of its people.
Government’s high value-low volume tourism policy is therefore a good example of its efforts to keep foreign influences at bay while nurturing Bhutanese values at home.
This has given Bhutan a different look and feel altogether, a visual and spiritual feast for all visitors.
Where is Bhutan?
Bhutan (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་ཡུལ་, “Druk Yul”; Bhutān), officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked state in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People’s Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby country of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.
Bhutan existed as a patchwork of minor warring fiefdoms until the early 17th century, when the area was unified by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who fled religious persecution in Tibet and cultivated a separate Bhutanese identity. In the early 20th century, Bhutan came into contact with the British Empire, after which Bhutan continued strong bilateral relations with India upon its independence. In 2006, Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world, based on a global survey.
Bhutan’s landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The state religion is VajrayanaBuddhism, and the population of 691,141 is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. In 2007, Bhutan made the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy, holding its first general election. Bhutan is a member of theUnited Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC); it hosted the sixteenth SAARC summit in April 2010.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gR3YmZRoug&feature=player_embedded]