Bhutan is secluded in the folds of the great Himalayan Mountains, with about 700,000 people living harmoniously with Nature. It is perhaps the only country, which resembles a huge park. Known as Drukyul (Home of the Dragon), the country is immensely rich in flora and fauna, culture and icon of a country that has blended the modern with the traditional.
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Eight reasons making Bhutan unique.
- The country’s age-old tradition is still living and it is still the part of the day-to-day life.
- While the world mourns the loss of its ecology, Bhutan has emerged as an example to the international community, an icon of preservation policies, with about 70 percent of its land still under forest and a great variety of rare plant and wildlife species. Its Constitution mandates that under any circumstance 60 percent of its area should remain under forest cover.
- Bhutan is one of the ten biological hotspots of the world, and home to over 5,400 species of plants, including 300 species of medicinal plants, some thriving even at 3,700m above. It has 369 species of orchids, of which 82 are unique to the mountain country. It boasts of 46 rhododendron species. It is home to endangered species like the Satyr Tragopan, Ward’s Trogon, Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasants, Beautiful Nuthatch, Ibisbill, Rufous-necked Hornbill, White-bellied Heron, varieties of Wren Babblers, and others. Bhutan is home to some of the most endangered flora and fauna, such as the White Bellied Heron, Royal Bengal Tiger and others.
- Bhutanese development philosophy is Gross National Happiness (GNH) and not Gross National Product
- There is a story behind every aspect of Bhutanese life. Soaked in religion, Bhutanese culture is unique in many ways. The Phallus is highly revered and Bhutanese homes are filled with drawings of different types of phalluses. Blessings from the Phallus are sought, especially by partners who cannot conceive.
- Dzongs (Fortresses) are massive structures built way back in the 17th century. Every district has a Dzong, with architecture that will melt the hearts of the world’s best architects. All Dzongs have been built without use of a single nail.
- Humility is a Bhutanese trait. People are also very honest and welcoming. What is more – most Bhutanese speak English.
- Bhutan built its first roads in 1961 only. Today, it has become a modern nation state, envied by the world. Trotting on a unique approach to development, Bhutan retained its jewels embodied in the hundreds of prayer flags, temples and stupas that dot the country and epitomised in its name as a haven for protected flora and fauna. Bhutan could be called a museum showcasing what the world has lost. It was for this very reason that Bhutan’s policy is a “High Value Low Volume” tourism policy, especially to keep at bay the “Hippie Culture.” Propagator and the spring of Gross National Happiness (GNH), the Himalayan Kingdom is today one of the most sought after high end tourist destinations. And there is no reason why it should not be, for Bhutan is an unparalleled nation of the 21st century.