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Bhutan Travel and Tourism

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Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked nation in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by People's Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby state of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by West Bengal. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul which means "Land of the Thunder Dragon". Bhutan used to be one of the most isolated nations in the world, but developments including direct international flights, the Internet, mobile phone networks, and cable television have increasingly modernized the urban areas of the country. Bhutan has balanced modernization with its ancient culture and traditions under the guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness . Rampant destruction of the environment has been avoided. The government takes great measures to preserve the nation's traditional culture, identity and the environment. In 2006, Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world, citing a global survey conducted by the University of Leicester in 2006 called the "World Map of Happiness". Bhutan's landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres . The state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, and the population of 691,141 is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism being the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. After centuries of direct monarchic rule, Bhutan held its first democratic elections in March 2008. Among other international associations, Bhutan is a member of the United Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation . The total area of the country is currently 38,394 square kilometres which has been reduced from previous 47,000 square kilometres after a boundary re-demacaration by the Chinese government in the north.

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River Rafting in Bhutan - Thimphu
River Rafting in Bhutan Bhutan offers some beautiful rivers with immense rafting possibilities and that's why Rafting is now gaining popularity in Bhutan among tourists activities. The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the glacial-melt of the Eastern Himalayas, six major rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries), have been scouted for rafting. They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India. The pristine natural setting and the sheer variety of the rivers’ courses provides a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. Adventurous travelers will not be disappoi...

Culture of Bhutan - Thimphu
Culture of Bhutan Bhutan has a rich and unique cultural heritage that has largely remained intact due to its isolation from the rest of the world until the early 1960s. One of the main attractions for tourists is the country's culture and traditions. Bhutanese tradition is deeply steeped in its Buddhist heritage. Hinduism is the second dominant religion in Bhutan, being most prevalent in the southern regions. Both religions co-exist peacefully and receive support from the government , and enjoy royal patronage. The government is increasingly making efforts to preserve and sustain the current culture and traditions of the country. Due to its largely unspoilt natural environment and cultural heritage, Bhutan has aptly been referred to as...

National Parks in Bhutan - Thimphu
National Parks in Bhutan Travelers coming on Bhutan Tours, can visit the National Parks in Bhutan. The charming country of Bhutan is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. There are 9 protected areas in the country covering 17 dzongkhags and comprising 4 National Parks in Bhutan, 4 wildlife sanctuaries and 1 nature reserve. Out of these 9 protected areas, at present only 6 are operational and they include Jigme Dorji National Park, Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Royal Manas National Park, Thrimshingla National Park, Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary and Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. National Parks of Bhutan Jigme Dorji National Park Located in the northwestern part of Bhutan and covering an area of 4350 square kilometers...

Shopping in Bhutan - Thimphu
Shopping in Bhutan Apart from sightseeing, Shopping in Bhutan is also a major pastime for travelers. The charming country of Bhutan is a popular destination for the holiday makers. Shopping in Bhutan is really a wonderful experience for the tourists. There is a number of Shopping Centers in Bhutan. Bhutan Shopping Items Items found in Bhutan include postage stamps, hand-woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, thangkhas, wooden bowls, handmade paper and finely-crafted metal objects. Bhutanese woven cloth is famous around the world. Yathra, brightly colored woven material made from wool and dyed with natural colors, is a popular item in the country. Hand made wooden bowls (dappa) are a wonderful and practical souvenir. Dzi bea...

The Food of Bhutan Simple yet Delicious - Thimphu
The Food of Bhutan Simple yet Delicious Food of Bhutan is simple, yet delicious. On first impression, the cooking method would suggest that the food is bland, but the reality is just opposite. The Bhutanese prepare yummy appetising food with their simple methods. With their food, they can make the guests licking their fingers. The Bhutanese are also fond of eating Tibetan specialities such as momo and noodles. They eat fruits like watermelon as dessert with their meals. Cooking Method The Bhutanese cook meats and vegetables with water and oil. Using this method, most dishes can be made in very less time. Although Bhutanese method of cooking food is quite simple, yet the food is delicious. It could come as surprise for those who are accustomed to cooking...