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Some Facts about the Epic Kingdom of Bhutan.

Bhutan is a tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbours, India and China.Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region's second least populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.One of the most amazing fact of Bhutan,that distinguish Bhutan from adjacent neighbors is throughout history country is never colonized. Situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, the Bhutanese state developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism.

Masked in the shadow of mighty Himalayan range, the hidden kingdom of Bhutan is a destination that even the most seasoned traveller considers a privilege to visit. Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan was a fortress closed to outside world which opened itself up after 1960,abandoning its self-imposed policy of isolation had it propelling itself to find a balance between modernization and the preservation of its culture and traditions and Bhutan has found the perfect balance between the two and now though it is making tremendous developments in all sectors, it also manages to hold onto its unique identity that makes it unlike any other country in the world with a population of just over 0.7 million.It is unique country enshrined with sacred monasteries sit precariously on sheer cliffs, fluttering colorful prayer flags line high mountain ridges, red robed monks chant in distant temples, and colorful masked dancers perform ancient rituals on sacred Dzong (fortress) grounds during Buddhist festivals. The people of Bhutan have drawn a rich culture from this heritage and made it the essence of their timeless identity.

Bhutan has a rich and unique cultural heritage it is one of the main attractions for tourists is the country's . Bhutanese tradition is deeply embrace its Buddhist heritage.Hinduism is second most important religion. Bhutan is viewed as inaccessible by many foreigners. Another reason for it being an unpopular destination is the cost, which is high for tourists on tighter budgets. Entry is free for citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, but all other foreigners are required to sign up with a Bhutanese tour operator and pay around US$250 per day that they stay in the country, though this fee covers most travel, lodging and meal expenses.

Tourism industry of Bhutan began to rise in 1974, when the Government of Bhutan, in an effort to raise revenue and to promote Bhutanese unique culture and traditions to the outside world, opened its isolated country to foreigners. Despite being open to foreigners, the Bhutanese government is acutely aware of the environmental impact tourists can have on Bhutan's unique and virtually unspoiled landscape and culture.All tourists (group or individual) must travel on a planned, prepaid, guided package-tour or custom-designed travel-program. Most foreigners cannot travel independently in the kingdom. The arrangements must be made through an officially approved tour operator, either directly or through an overseas agent.

Bhutan is the first nation in the world to ban smoking. It has been illegal to smoke in public or sell tobacco, according to Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010. Violators are heavy fined in Bhutan so avoid it at ant cost.

8 Reasons Why You Should Make Bhutan Your Next Travel Destination

Bhutan is a country of thousand smiles
1. Bhutan is a country where smiles matter the most.....

Gross National Happiness is Bhutan’s development philosophy based on Buddhist values that measures the quality of life based on the spiritual and mental well-being of its people. It does not reject the conventional method of measuring development but Bhutan prides itself on their sustainable approach to tourism and Bhutan is the only country to measure GNH or Gross National Happiness as an indicator of its prosperity.

The landlocked South Asian kingdom intends to keep a close measure of the public mood, and it's famous for it.Divining gross national happiness is a matter of minutely categorizing and carefully tracking the lives of Bhutan's 800,000 citizens. Every five years under the direction of the Center for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research, survey-takers fan out across the country to conduct questionnaires of some 8,000 randomly selected households.

Enchanting Landscape and Biodiversity with unparalleled fauna and flora in Bhutan
2. Enchanting Landscape and Biodiversity with unparalleled fauna and flora

The small nation of Bhutan ranks among the most bio diverse ecological zones in the world. Located in the heart of Himalaya ranges of Asia, Bhutan has an incredible range of natural ecological habitats. The southern part of Bhutan closest India border is hot and supports wildlife that is usually associated with a tropical climate. In north part of Bhutan, the wildlife changes according as the elevation increases. In Bhutan the climate remain cold around the year - even in the summer.The Himalayan ranges remain snowcapped whole year and the habitat incredibly hardy animals and plants to survive.Bhutanese people also take great pride in asserting that Bhutan is the first country in the world to have banned the sale of tobacco under its Tobacco Act of 2010, hence you can ensure clean and fresh air.Bhutan is one of the few country world that has taken strict measure to crab carbon footprint and severely reducing carbon emission.

Traditionalist and Authentic which is Purely Divine at heart.
3. Traditionalist and Authentic which is Purely Divine at heart.

Bhutan is a country where tradition and culture are preserve in its purest form.Bhutanese people takes prides the native way of living by traditions and values, the environment, legacy and future are of utmost importance to the government and everyone looks forward to development-the cultural. Bhutanese culture is one of the distinctive cultures in the world. As a tiny country with a very small population the need to preserve culture and tradition is amplified. This unique culture is a means of protecting the sovereignty of the nation. The distinctiveness of the culture and tradition is visible in the everyday life of the Bhutanese.

 Cuisine of Bhutan that make your mouth feel yummy
4. Cuisine of Bhutan that make your mouth feel yummy

Food in kingdom of Bhutan has its own feel. Drawing Inspiration from national local dishes in neighboring Nepal, Tibet and India, Bhutanese cuisine is diverse and unique. Bhutan is the only country in the world where chillies are not used as seasoning but a vegetable.The national dish of Bhutan is “ema-datshi”,which has chillies with melted Yak cheese stew served with rice that will make mouth to lit up. Traditionally eaten by hand in a wooden Kitchenware. Traditional food of Bhutan comprises of generous servings of rice, served with curries or hearty stews. Bhutanese food is quite spicy and contain lot of chillies as they believe it will keep the body warm and help to resist cold and harsh climate of Bhutan.

Bhutan land of Monasteries and flying peace flag on hill top
5. Bhutan land of Monasteries and flying peace flag on hill top

The culture of Bhutan is deeply embrace Buddhism.The land of Bhutan is filled with monasteries here, Thimphu has one of the largest statues of Buddha made of bronze and gilded in gold towering over Thimphu located near the National Memorial Chorten, where Buddhists circle clockwise while reciting prayers and whirling prayer wheels apart from that Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang), which is a beautiful monastery located in the cliff-side of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong, Zuri Dzong Hike, Gangtey Valley and Bumthang Valley are some other breathtaking destinations located in Bhutan. Spare some time to catch the relaxation and peace following in the air of the mystic Bhutan. Ancient culture of always embrace in peace and harmony.Feel the positive vibes while visiting Bhutan the land of sleeping dragon.

Getting off grid in Bhutan
6. Getting off grid in Bhutan

International Sim card rarely work in Bhutan even if you choose to buy a local SIM card or connect to Wi-Fi at your hotel, the feeling of isolation and being inaccessible to the world still prevalent . Resist the urge to pick up that smart phone. Sometime it is good to get off grid and send some time in solitude and have some quality time with family and friends.

 Traditional Hot Stone Baths
7. Traditional Hot Stone Baths and Spas

Bhutan preserve it culture and traditions in its closest pure form and preserve them to its core. Traditional Stone baths and hots spa are of of its ancient heritage.Bhutan is home to possibly the world’s best spa therapy – traditional hot stone baths.Large stones are preheated over a fire and then use them to warm your bathwater. Stepping into one of these steaming tubs of mineralized goodness, particularly in the colder months, is a phenomenal feeling. Its is done of the best therapy to detox your body. While In Bhutan don't forget to leisure on the traditional Stone bath.

 Low Volume ,Hight Impact Tourism Indusry in Bhutan
8. Low Volume, Hight Impact Tourism Industry in Bhutan

Bhutan has always resisted interference from outside influence and tourism industry is no exception with a high tariff of US $250 per tourist (except for tourists traveling from India, Bangladesh, & Maldives) to be spent every day makes Bhutan appear as one of the most expensive destinations. However, the amount includes accommodation, food, transport and an official guide. However the country does not imposes limit on number of tourist visa available for the tourists so you are always welcomed to the country of open hearts and thousands of smiles.

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How to reach Bhutan

Reaching Bhutan By road

One can also choose to go to Bhutan by road. Unlike other foreign countries, going to Bhutan by roadways from India is quite an easy task. There are only three land borders which are open for entry – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. While Phuentsholing shares a border with the Terai region of West Bengal, the other two are along the Assam border. It takes around three hours from Guwahati to Bhutan by road and same from Siliguri as well.

Reaching Bhutan By Train

Bhutan has no train connectivity in Bhutan, the only railway network is available on the Indian side of the border and there are no direct trains from India to Bhutan and tourists have to reach any of the last few railway stations in cities like Hasimara is a small town in the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal.Njp railway station and then take a bus or taxi to Phuentsholing. Approximate Duration: The duration to reach New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri or Bagdogra depends on the distance from where you start your journey. Trains from New Delhi will take you to these places within approximately 24 hours and from Mumbai within 48 hours after consecutive trains. The further you go, the more the time it takes to reach the railway stations. Approximate Price per Person: The price depends on the class of compartment you intend to book for traveling. A ticket for sleep class journey will cost you approximately Rs. 1,000 and can go all the way up to Rs. 4,000 for 1St class air-conditioned coaches. For tatkal tickets, additional charges apply.

Reaching Bhutan By Air

Bhutan is well connected by air with India.Paro is its primary international airport,tourist can reaching Bhutan through boarding connecting flight in all major airports of Bhutan. There are direct and frequent flights from Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati and Bagdogra. From other regions of India like Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi, there are flights that stop at one of these places and then proceed to Paro. The former places offer nonstop connectivity and are perhaps the easiest way to reach Bhutan. Two direct flights are available from Bagdogra and Guwahati to Paro, Bhutan and One daily fight fly directly from Capital of India, New Delhi. So if you are planning to take a flight, ensure your schedule considers the flights’ schedules. The name of the Bhutanese National carrier is Druk Air which operate from various airport of India to the one and only international Airport of Bhutan: Paro International Airport.

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