Bhutan

 

There’s a place on earth that even the most seasoned travellers consider a privilege to visit.  And, although it is voted one of the world’s top travel destinations, very few make it.  This is Druk Yul, Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Where Happiness is more than a dream
You cannot find a more enlightening travel destination today.  Perched high on the mighty Himalayan range, the Kingdom of Bhutan has defied globalization and chosen to remain a hidden paradise, accessible only to a fortunate few.
Bhutan is marked by raw natural beauty where the dense foliage changes dramatically as the sub tropical jungles at sea level merge into a fertile temperate zone and rise up to the great northern glaciers.  This pristine environment is home to exotic wild life and is a last refuge for endangered species like the Black Necked Crane, the Blue Sheep, the Golden Langur, even the Royal Bengal Tiger.

About Bhutan
Population : 6,97,335                                                          Time: Six hours ahead of GMT
Country Size: 38,394 sq.km.                                            Money : The Ngultrum (at par with the Indian Rupee)
Language : Dzongkha (national language)                              
English: widely spoken

People
Bhutan is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with 79 percent of the population living in rural areas.  The Kingdom’s independent history explains the nature of its people who are natural, confident, and gentle.  Bhutanese people share a good sense of humour and are widely accepting of different cultures.

People from Western region of the country are often referred to as Ngalops, in the east are the sharchops, to the south are the Lhotsampas, largely descendents of immigrants from Nepal who settled in Bhutan in the 19th century.
Bhutanese people are strongly independent in spirit and outlook.  Not ever having been colonized, traditional Bhutanese society was characterized by small scattered communities living in isolation with little contact with one another.  The first motorable road was built in Bhutan only in 1961, linking Bhutan to India in the south and eventually developing into a national highway that stretches across the country.  Bhutanese communities, therefore, retain a strong sense of individualism.  We have the “Bumthaps” or the people from Bumthang, and the “Mandheps” in Trongsa, the “Khengpas” in the central region of Zhemgang, the nomadic “Layaps” in the North West, the “Brokpas” in the eastern villages of Merak and Sakteng, the “Doyas” or “Lhops” in the southern district of Samtse, and the “Lepchas” in the south.


People in Bhutan, no matter how simple their rural lives are, have a welcome smile for every visitor.  The Bhutanese people are gracious hosts and treat all visitors as guests.  Bhutanese hospitality is even more evident in the rural villages where the local people genuinely welcome visitors as honoured guests.