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Bhutan - The Last Shangri-la

About Bhutan

Welcome to Bhutan, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. Situated between India and China, Bhutan is a travel destination unlike any other. What sets Bhutan apart is its unique culture and unwavering commitment to environmental conservation.




Embracing Tradition in Modern Times

Gross National Happiness (GNH)

Bhutan’s guiding development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) places a strong emphasis on prioritizing the well-being and happiness of its citizens over economic growth. The GNH philosophy focuses on four pillars - sustainable development, preservation of culture, environmental conservation, and good governance.


Bhutan is predominantly Buddhist, and this ancient religion plays a central role in the lives of its people. Everywhere you go, you'll encounter fluttering prayer flags, intricately designed monasteries, and the aroma of incense wafting through the air.

Traditional Festivals

Witness the vibrant Tshechus, colorful religious festivals celebrated across the country. These gatherings feature masked dances, lively performances, and rituals that offer insights into Bhutanese history and mythology.


Bhutanese architecture is a visual delight, with its distinctive Dzongs (fortresses), monasteries, temples, and beautifully adorned wooden houses. These structures are not only awe-inspiring but also reflect the deep-rooted traditions of the Bhutanese people.

Living Artistry

Bhutan's culture is alive with intricate arts and crafts that showcase the kingdom's reverence for and preservation of tradition. Known as “Zorig Chusom” or the “Thirteen Art Forms”, it encompasses a diverse cultural heritage and also includes multiple art forms such as calligraphy, painting, and bamboo craft.

Textile Traditions

Bhutan's textiles are renowned for their craftsmanship and symbolism. The intricate patterns and colors of Bhutanese textiles tell stories of identity and heritage. The national dress, known as the "kira" for women and "gho" for men, is a stunning embodiment of Bhutanese culture.

Culinary Delights

Bhutanese cuisine is a reflection of the country's culture and natural bounty. Try dishes like "Ema Datshi," a spicy chili and cheese concoction, and "Momos," delectable dumplings that are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Food is not just sustenance in Bhutan, it's a celebration of natural flavors and age-old family traditions.


A Conservation Model for the World

Constitutionally Mandated Conservation

Bhutan's constitution mandates that at least 60% of the country's total landmass must remain under forest cover for all time. It currently boasts a forest cover of 71%.

Pioneering Climate Initiatives

Remarkably, Bhutan is not just carbon neutral; it's carbon negative! The country's thriving forests absorb more carbon dioxide than its modest emissions, creating a net carbon sink.

Sustainable Tourism

Bhutan's unique policy of "High-Value, Low-Impact" tourism limits the number of tourists to maintain the country's ecological balance and cultural integrity.

Protected Areas

More than 51% of the country is protected areas—the largest percentage of any Asian country. These protected areas, which include national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, safeguard an array of plants and animal species, some of which are endangered or rare, such as the majestic Bengal tiger, elusive snow leopard, and vibrant birdlife.

Biodiversity Hotspot

Despite its small size, Bhutan is an unrefuted biodiversity hotspot, with a diverse range of ecosystems spanning from subtropical forests, temperate forests, and alpine meadows. These lush landscapes are home to more than 770 birds, 200 mammals and 5,400 plant species, with more being discovered every few years!

Endangered Species Protection

Bhutan's conservation efforts extend to protecting endangered species such as the Golden Mahseer, Red Panda, White-Bellied Heron, Black Necked Crane, Snow Leopard and Bengal tiger which all find refuge in Bhutan's national parks and sanctuaries. These conservation efforts contribute significantly to global biodiversity preservation efforts.