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This kingdom, in the midst of the Eastern Himalayas is in many ways the world's most exclusive travel destination. Bhutan Known to the world, as the Last Shangri-La is a tiny kingdom about the size of Switzerland (38,398 Sq.Km), perched high up on the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan range. Its 552,996 (2005) people with a colorful culture, tradition, unique architecture, peace and tranquility live in this unpolluted habitat. This makes the kingdom a unique Travel destination.
Bhutan is also the Last bastion of Mahayana Buddhism. It is not merely the religion but the way the people live their daily lives. Bhutan opened to the outside world in 1974 and the government adopted a cautious tourism policy from the beginning to avoid the negative impacts that mass tourism could have on a small country. Planned development was initiated with Gross National Happiness as its development vision. Bhutan hopes to survive by clinging on to age old values that the rest of the world has lost. Television and Internet was introduced for the first time in 1999.
Bhutan took a momentous step in 2008 and made the transition from a hundred year old monarchy to parliamentary democracy. Then Bhutanese people elected a new government in March. As an exemplar tourist destination, this little Himalayan Kingdom has its own unique specialties. Here the Land, the Nature and the People have blended to a perfect harmony that indicates Peace, Tranquility and Depth. For the traveler in quest for peace, tranquility, inspiration and enchantment Bhutan is the perfect answer. Here amidst monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, friendly people, pristine scenery, running streams, green valleys, lakes and awe inspiring architecture the traveler wakes up to a deep and pleasant realization that his inward journey has been as much valuable as his outward trip.
Nature in Bhutan has an amazing diversity. Its rich and diverse flora and fauna earned the world's recognition as one of the Top 10 Global Hot Spots. Be it fiery rhododendrons galore in the months of spring or expanse of blue poppies in rolling fields, the beauty is simultaneously pristine and primeval. Rich flora and fauna are yet to be explored. The Bhutanese traditional reverence for nature has delivered the country into the third millennium with its environment - both natural and popular - still richly intact.
And as the world begins to discover the Land of the Thunder Dragon, many go away with a sense of having been in a special place far from the insanity of modern living. Here is a land where life may not be materially luxurious but it provides much that is good for a society that is not yet caught up with the global rat race. As Bhutan steps into the 21st century, it is determined to keep its heritage, its spirit and its culture alive in a fast homogenizing world.
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