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Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

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Nab.gov.bt - National Assembly of Bhutan

Tourism.gov.bt - Official Tourist Information for Bhutan

Map of Bhutan


Bhutanarchery.com - The national sport of Bhutan

Library.gov.bt - National Library of Bhutan


International Airlines

Drukair.com.bt - Druk Air Royal Bhutan Airlines

Tourism.gov.bt - Tourist Information for Bhutan

Tashidelek.com - Tashi Delek Travel informations to Bhutan

Heartspace.org - Bhutan Slide Show

Trivago.com - Hotels in Bhutan

Bhutanmajestictravel.com - Bhutan Majestic Travel

Bhutanjourneys.com - Bhutan Journeys

Btb.com.bt - Bhutan Travel Bureau Bhutan tour operator

Enjoybhutan.com - Bhutan tourism and travel information

Kingdomofbhutan.com - Kingdom of Bhutan Travel organization

Jachungtravel.com - Jachung Travel

Bhutanstudies.org.bt - The Centre for Bhutan Studies

Rub.edu.bt - Royal University of Bhutan

Wwfbhutan.org.bt - WWF Bhutan Program

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History of Bhutan

Bhutan’s early history is steeped in Buddhist folklore and mythology; it features tremendous deeds and beings with supernatural powers. It’s said that a saint who had the ability to appear in eight different forms, one of them being Guru Rinpoche, visited Bhutan on a flying tiger and left the imprint of his body and his hat on rocks. School texts describe demons that threatened villages and destroyed temples until captured through magic and converted to Buddhism. Tales abound of ghosts who destroyed temples, and angels who rebuilt them.

Researchers have attached dates to many events, though these often do not seem to fit together into a credible and accurate chronology. When reading Bhutanese history, it’s easier to let your imagination flow. Try visualising the spirit of the happenings rather than rationalising events as historical truth. This will, in part, help prepare you for a visit to Bhutan, where spirits, ghosts, yetis, medicine men, and lamas reincarnated in three different bodies are accepted as a part of daily life.

Bhutan’s medieval and modern history is better documented than its ancient history, but is no less exotic. This is a time of warlords, feuds, giant fortresses and castles, with intrigue, treachery, fierce battles and extraordinary pageantry all playing feature roles. The country’s recent history begins with a hereditary monarchy that was founded in the 20th century and continued the country’s policy of isolationism. It was not until the leadership of the third king that Bhutan emerged from its medieval heritage of serfdom and seclusion. Until the 1960s the country had no national currency, no telephones, no schools, no hospitals, no postal service and certainly no tourists. Development efforts have now produced all these – plus a national assembly, airport, roads and a national system of health care. Despite the speed of modernisation, Bhutan has maintained a policy of careful, controlled growth in an effort to preserve its national identity. The government has cautiously accepted tourism, TV and the internet and is set to embark on perhaps its biggest challenge – democracy.

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