Bhutan – The land of the thunder dragon.
Bhutan often called as the last Shangri-La is sheltered in the deep crinkles of the Himalayas. It is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom concealed with enigmatic mystery and myths. Very little has been heard or said of Bhutan. It is one of the most exotic destinations where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. A country that takes prides in its friendly people, remarkable scenery, natural wonders and vibrant culture. It is a unique and a rare place that few people have the privilege of visiting.
Bhutan is bounded by Tibetan regions of China in the north and by the India plains in the south. The significant features of Bhutan vary from climatic conditions ranging from the subtropical to the cold reaches of the almost 25,000 ft of the Tibetan border. Bhutan is like nowhere else. The world today has seen a significant rise in the number of tourists making it to the different parts of the world. On the contrary Bhutan is self-contented with its trickling numbers of tourists as it follows a policy of regulated tourism. This is to safeguard the country’s natural environment, rich cultural heritage and the unique way of life for its people. Making Bhutan one of the least travelled countries in the world.
It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where monks check their smartphones after performing a divination. You will find the Bhutanese well educated, fun loving and very well informed about the world around them. It is an enchanting blend, and ideal mix of ancient traits and modernism that makes Bhutan fascinating and distinct.
Facts and Figures of Bhutan
Land area: 38,394 square kilometers.
Population: 6, 50,000
Forest area: 72.5 %.
Local time: six hours ahead of GMT and hour ahead of IST (Indian standard time)
Altitude: between 240 meters and 7541 meters above sea level.
National animal: Takin Bodorcas Taxi Color
National Flower: Blue Poppy, Micanopy’s granis
National Tree: Tseden, Himalyalca cypress.
National Bird: Raven, Coruas Coraxs
National Sanctuaries: 26%
Language: Official language – Dzongkha, English widely spoken by the citizens of the country.
Religion: Tantric of Mahayana Buddhism.
Currency: Ngultrum (equal to Indian Rupee).
Bhutan’s Way of Life
Bhutan ‘is primarily an agriculture based country.70 % of its population lead an agrarian lifestyle. The Bhutanese society believes in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
The inhabitants of the country wear the distinctive national dress. The men’s attire is called ‘Gho’ and ladies’ dress is called ‘Kira’. The Bhutanese diet is rich in meat, cereals particularly rice, vegetables and herbs. Meat dishes, mainly pork and beef, are lavishly spiced with chilies. Red peppers’ drying on roofs in the sun is a common sight. Salted butter tea is served on all occasions. Archery is the popular national sport played all year round with the traditional bows and arrows.
In Bhutan, the ancient music and dances of the different regions have been kept intact till date. The quite, grace of the folk dances with mask dances will remind you of Bhutan for a long time.
Religion of Bhutan
Bhutan is the only country in the world that practices the religion of Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism today. It was in the 8th century AD that Guru PadmaSambhava introduced Buddhism to the country.
Religious festivals known as ‘Tsechus’ and ‘Dromchoes’ symbolizing amity, peace and compassion, are held annually. These vibrant festivals are a time for the people from various walks of life to come together decent in all their ceremonial dress.
Popular Festivals of Bhutan
The most popular festivals are Paro Tsechu that is celebrated in the month of (March/April). Similarly Thimphu Tsechu is celebrated with great pomp and joy in the months of (September/October). During the festival, rare and sacred masked dances, sword dances and many rituals are performed.
Flora and Fauna
Bhutan has a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is blessed with marvelous scenic beauties. The sight of majestic snow capped peaks, lush valleys and large zones of virgin forest is beyond imagination. Bhutan is home to numerous rare and endangered species of wildlife species. The blue sheep, musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, black bear, golden langur are some of the protected species. Besides animals Bhutan is home to 221 global endemic bird areas.
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