Bhutan is a mystical Himalayan kingdom in Southeast Asia. The conservative country is deep rooted in traditional Buddhist culture while gradually opening up to globalization. Bhutan is well known for its sustainable eco-tourism and the famous Gross National Happiness.
Buddhist traditions are ancient but the Bhutanese people have embraced the fast-changing world around them. The lovely mixture of ancient and modern worlds makes Bhutan a fascinating place to visit. The Buddhist nation transitioned into a constitutional monarchy in 2008. The National Assembly election was held for the first time in Bhutan.
Religion is an important part of any Bhutanese person. You can see Buddhist monks performing their rituals in the oldest monasteries of Bhutan. The impact of Buddhism is significant in the lives of every Bhutanese people. Zhabdrung Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of Bhutan.
Bhutan is truly a Shangri-La nation. Bhutan along with Nepal has a special history of never been colonized in their history. The independence of the country has never been compromised. The country boasts of ancient Silk Roads between Tibet and the Indian subcontinent.
The pristine Himalayan landscape, the lush forests and the unique traditional villages are the prime attraction of Bhutan. The majestic medieval dzongs and monasteries are the site where many Tsechus (dance festivals) is celebrated every year. Tsechus are lively festivals where Bhutanese people come together to perform the famous masked dance.
The diverse landscapes of the country ranges from lush subtropical flatlands to sub-alpine regions. The 7,000 metres (23,000 ft) and above mountain peaks are the crown jewel of the country. You can hike in the lush forests along the chain of national parks. Trekking in the foothills of the 7000m peaks is a lovely experience. Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan.
Bhutan has a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan which works extensively in the conservation of the biodiversity and wildlife of Bhutan. The law states that at least 60% of Bhutan must remain forested. The nation is also the only carbon neutral country in the world. Not only it is carbon neutral, it actually absorbs more carbon than it emits.
There is a special Takin conservation area that provides protection to Takin which is the national animal of Bhutan. Archery is quite popular and is the national sport of Bhutan. Many archery competitions are held in the festivals all around the year. The textile and handicrafts are of great importance.
Bhutan is a great travel destination for anyone seeking a quiet adventure. Spending your holidays in the natural landscapes of the beautiful country will liven up your spirits.