Bhutan

Hidden deep in the Himalayan Mountains and isolated from the rest of the world, Bhutan developed its own civilization based on the Buddhist way of life. This nation kingdom of 600,000 inhabitants lives in close harmony with nature and adheres strongly to the purest form of Mahayana Buddhism. Since 1974 Bhutan has permitted a limited number of tourists per year to visit this mythical land of Shangri-La. Visitors can immerse themselves in a unique and untouched culture and enjoy Bhutan’s unparalleled scenic beauty of majestic mountains and lush valleys, its pristine ecology and forests which is home to rare and endangered fauna and flora. Bhutan is a unique blend of old and new. Never colonized, its ancient history chronicled in both the oral tradition and classical literature, speaks proudly of a largely self-sufficient people. The deeply spiritual and mystical beliefs of the Bhutanese is commemorated annually by the Tschus – Colorful Festivals- celebrated throughout the kingdom to honor the saint that brought Buddhism to Bhutan – the land of the Thunder Dragon.