Bhutan Ever green land
Bhutan is often referred as the country of peaceful Dragon. It is a country of 7 hundred thousand people in the middle of Tibet and India. Even though Bhutan has a very small territory it has a very diversed terrain from sub tropical forest to some of the highest mountains on earth still virgin in Nature, as nobody has set foot on top of Bhutan’s some of the mountain peaks.
The name "Bhutan is the corrupt form of a Sanskrit word Bhotanta which means the end of Bhot, the Sanskrit name of Tibet. Likewise the religion in local terms is known as Drukpa Kagyugpa, practiced mostly in the western part of this small country. "Druk" means "dragon." According to the legends a Tibetan lama (Tsangpo Gyare) heard the thunder dragon while he was searching for a place to build a monastery and named the area Druk Yul. The Kagyu sect was brought in Bhutan by some Tibetans monks who came to settler in the western part of the country during the medieval times.
Bhutan lies between longitude 88°45' and 92 degree10' east and latitude 26 degree40' and 28degree15'. This tiny nation has an area of 46000 sq.km which makes it almost the same size of Switzerland and these two countries are similar in topography as well as the features.
Bhutan has remained closed from the rest of the world for a long time. The first time foreigners went into Bhutan was during the mid 70’s.The untouched and undisturbed natural and cultural heritages are the result of the long isolation Bhutan had from the outer world. As an effort to increase the return from tourism and to maintain the environment they allow only few tourists inside the country. Thus generating quality tourist rather than quantity. Still many of the places in Bhutan don’t see foreigners at all which has helped to limit the development and maintain the fragile ecosystem.
The tours and treks inside Bhutan are a way of having insight into the life of people, their culture, tradition, ecology and religious life dominated by 90% of the Buddhist population. Almost every trek and tours pass by Dzong, monasteries other places of cultural and natural importance. These splendid monuments give you an idea of how rich the Bhutanese are in terms of art’s of and architecture.
|Location:||South Asia, between China and India|
|Geographic Coodinates:||27 30 N, 90 30E|
|Area:||38, 398 sq km|
|Life expentancy:||53.19 years|
|National Day:||17 December|
|Currency:||Ngultrum (BTN) BTN42=US$1|
|Climate Caries:||Tropical in sourthen plains; Cool winters and hot summers in center valleys; Severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas|
|Terrain:||Mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna|
|Elevation extremes:||Lowest point; Drangme Chhu 97m Highest point; Jomolhari 7,553m|
|Natural Resources:||Timber, hydropower, gypsum, and calcium carbide|
|Administrative divisions:||20 districts (dzongkhag);|