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Nestled in the foothills of Himalayas, Bhutan (officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan) is a beautiful country. The country is a landlocked or say bounded amidst the most powerful countries in Asia – China and India. Thimphu or Thimpu is the capital as well as largest city of Bhutan. It is separated from Bangladesh by Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Due to its unique location, this country encounters violent storms coming from the Himalayas, which literally is the name “Bhutan” means- “Land of Thunder Dragon”. Sprawling over an area of 47,000 square kilometers, this beautiful country is another underrated nation waiting to be explored.

The intact culture and traditions of this country is the main reason in the boon of travel and tourism. The tourism in Bhutan was started in 1974 with only 287 tourists and the number is increasing day by day. However, the government of Bhutan has kept a strict vigil and reasonable restriction in the level of tourism because it recognizes the fact that high inflow of tourists not only put a negative impact on its culture but also will harm its unspoiled nature. One most important rule of visiting this country is that one can’t travel here without a guide. There are around 80 tourists companies in Bhutan that operates sightseeing and hiking. Also, special cultural tours are organised to familiar you with exotic traditions and customs of isolated villages. With large population of Buddhists -three-fourth of Buddhists (one-third), Bhutan is known to be the last Buddhist Kingdom in the world.

How to Reach: Paro Airport is the only international airport to reach Bhutan. At present, the country doesn’t have any railways. The Lateral Road is Bhutan’s primary east–west corridor, joining Phuentsholing in the southwest to Trashigang in the east. In between, the Lateral Road joins directly through Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang, Thimphu, Paro and Punakha.

What to See: As mentioned above, Bhutan is majorly a Buddhist country, therefore the main attractions of Bhutan are mainly the monasteries. Amongst all, the Taktshang Monastery & National Museum of Bhutan in Paro and Chagri Monastery & Tashichoedzong in Thimphu are some of the popular tourist attractions. Apart from these, one can visit the Chorten Kora and Trongsa Dzong.

Explore the Culture: The true culture of Bhutan is vastly reflected in the capital city, Thimphu in the respect of literature, customs, religion, and national dress code, the music, monastic practices of the monasteries, dance and literature. The mask dances, also known as Cham Dances are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichhoe Dzong in Thimphu is a four day festival held every year during autumn (September / October)- (on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar). Apart from the sightseeing and exploring the charming culture and traditions of Bhutan, one can also try trekking & biking in Himalayas, Bird watching Trails, Shopping and luxury stay in the Boutique hotels here.

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