Bhutan, popularly known as “the Land of Thunder Dragon”, is a sovereign state in South Asia. Bhutan is a landlocked country nestled in laps of the Himalayas. The land comprises mostly of high and steep mountains crisscrossed by a network of swift rivers, which forms deep valleys. The world’s highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum at 24,836 feet, is standing tall in this country only. This place seems like a place straight out of the coffee table books with majestic and mighty landscapes of the Himalayas towering over the lush green array of lands through the verdure to unravel into a haven of snow. The official language is Dzongkha.
The people of Bhutan take pride in having the sustainable approach to tourism in line with the philosophy of ‘Gross National Happiness’, which is the general prosperity measuring the index of Bhutanese. The people of the country are more concerned about how happy the people are rather than being concerned about how financially stable the person is like the rest of the world does. Bhutan is a tiny world in itself. Bhutan tourism is self-sustained, and compassion and empathy are more like the official language of the people here. Because of all this philosophy and efforts to keep the residents as well as visitors happy, Bhutan has been continually ranked as the happiest country in Asia and the 8th happiest country in the world according to a survey by the Business Week.
Bhutan is a land of many surprises. It is not just another tourist place. It is the one and the only Himalayan Kingdom currently, cloaked in mystery and magic, where still a traditional culture of Buddhism welcomes the global development. This surprising country has red rice and chillies aren’t just seasonings but is considered a main dish, and most Bhutanese people do not enjoy the meal if it’s not spicy. It is also a deeply Buddhist Land, where monks check their smartphones after completing the divination. One can evidently notice that Bhutanese are very well educated, fun loving and well informed about the world around them.
The people of this country also have a strong reverence for nature and the country leads in environmental conservation. According to the law here, minimum of 60% of the country’s land should remain forested for the future generations and it currently stands at above 70%. The tobacco control act regulates tobacco, putting a stop to the cultivation, harvesting, production and the sale of Tobacco in Bhutan. ‘The Land of Thunder Dragon’ is not only a carbon neutral country, but it actually absorbs more amount of carbon than it emits. It is this fusion of ancient and modern traditions and ways that make Bhutan Tourism very mesmerizing and fascinating.