BHUTAN-Land Of Happiness
Welcome to Glorious Bhutan-where happiness is place.
Located between India and China with a population of just over 700,000 spread over 38,394 kmsq is the Kingdom of Bhutan. The term Bhutan has been derived from the Sanskrit Bhu-utan meaning “High land”. Bhutan has many names given by different people depending on the its location and features. Internationally known is “Bhutan” and locally known is “Druk” meaning thunder dragon.
Bhutan is the place of sacredness where great Saint Guru Padmasambhava visited Bhutan in 8th century to subdue demons, making them the guardians of religion, blessed the sites and introduced Tantric Buddhism which still exist today. The Sacred sites blessed by him still stand today which has been well taken care by the government and the people.
The visit of another Tibetan great saint Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 17th century had shaped Bhutan by introducing dual system of religious and secular government. He vested civil power to high official known as “Desi/governor” and religious power to “Jekhenpo/Head abbot” remaining himself as country’s supreme leader. The trend of appointing Jekhenpo still exist having 70th Head Abbot although the appointing of Desi discontinued after last governor was elected as first Hereditary king of Bhutan in 1907. Now Bhutan has 5th King with new form of government since 2008.
In 2006, His majesty the fourth king, abdicated the throne in favor of his son who is the present 5th king of Bhutan. The fourth king introduced democracy in the country where it is reluctantly accepted by people. Fourth king is the exemplary king who lead an army personally to flush out Indian militant who was hiding in thick jungle of Bhutan. He is the first person who pronounced the term “Gross National Happiness” (GNH) when he was just 17 years old in 1974.
Bhutan is known best to the world for her ideology of HAPPINESS. Here happiness is national asset and communal value. And she is now a hot bath of happiness research and a best place for happiness seekers. Bhutan is the only place where happiness is being measured before taking any developmental activities in the country.We cannot deny the fact that material wealth is not important but happiness is the essential that everyone seek.
Where fashion is culture globally, Bhutan embraces rich diversity of tangible and intangible culture and tradition. Hospitality, happiness, family tie and neighborhood relation is culture ingrained in our attitude. Unique Tshechus (10th day on Bhutanese calendar), Bon festivals, music, songs and dances add diversity to our culture.
The environment is seriously taken care by every individual in the country. Its constitution mandate to maintain minimum 60% of forest cover all the time. Where global environment is grossly abused and neglected in economic development race this ting and landlocked Himalayan Kingdom is blessed with rich pristine environment. It homes some of the world’s most rare endangered flora and fauna species. The err silence of nature and well preserved natural landscape brings the myths and legends closer to reality. This makes Bhutan an exceptional place for explorers, adventurers and travelers.
Our hospitality and respect assures every visitor a wonderful experience. We also assure that you see the mosaic of our Dragon Kingdom.