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Welcome to Bhutan !


The Land of the Thunder Dragon - one of the most sought after travel destinations today.


The thunder dragon is a trekker?s paradise and an environmentalist?s dream. With 72 percent of the country under forest cover, Bhutan?s pristine ecology is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna.


This spiritual land is the last bastion of the Vajrayana school of Mahayana Buddhism which provides the essence of a unique identity for the 750,000 people.


Bhutan is a unique blend of the old and new. Here is a country that is slowly opening up to the modern world in a fine balance with its ancient traditions.


Those fortunate enough to visit Bhutan describe it as a unique, deeply spiritual and mystical experience. This kingdom is an adventure like no other.


Bhutan, the land of the peaceful thunder dragon is known to the world by several names such as the ?the Last Shangri-La? or ?the Last Place on the Roof of the World.? Though the original name from the time of Marco Polo was ?Bootan,? the natives prefer to call their country ?Druk Yul,? or the Land of the Peaceful Thunder Dragon. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Bhutan offers spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty and a unique culture and lifestyle. You can see beautiful Buddhist monasteries, carved wooden houses and the fine crafts of Bhutan, on tours to Bhutan with Tourism in Bhutan.


The Kingdom of Bhutan of Druk Yul (the land of the Thunder Dragon) is a country nestled in the Eastern Himalayas. The high Himalayas to the north separate the Kingdom from the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, while the rugged eastern region borders the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim. About the size of Switzerland with a population of only 7,00,000, it was declared one of the ten global hotspots for environmental conservation. A land of Dzongs (Fortified Monasteries), snow peaked mountains, and the last bastion of Mahayana Buddhism which influences every aspect of life here. Bhutan with its unique culture and the intriguing festivals offer breathtaking moments that will linger forever in a visitor's lifetime.


Glimpse of Bhutan:

Total area  :46,500 square kms.
150 km. North to South
300 km. East to West 

Terrain:  : It can be divided into three major geographic regions from North to South:
The high Himalayas of the North, the hills and valleys of the Central and the foothills and plains of the South 

Forest Area  : 72.5 per cent of the land area 
Cultivated Area  7.8 percent of total area 
Altitude  : 100 m. above sea level in the South to over 7,500 m. above sea level in the north 

Climate  :The country can be divided into three distinct climatic zones corresponding broadly to the three main geographical divisions. The southern belt has a hot humid climate while central Bhutan has a cool temperate climate. The northern region has severe alpine climate and is perpetually under snow. Rainfall can differ within relatively short distances due to rain shadow effects.