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Introduction:
Bhutan is a Buddhist country still intact with its age old living culture and tradition that play an important part in the daily lives of a population of not more than 650,000 people . Bhutan is wedged between Tibet (China) to the north and India to the south, west and east. The official Airlines of Bhutan is Druk Air and the national carrier connects Bhutan internationally with Kathmandu, Delhi , Bangkok, Dacca, Kolkatta and Bodh Gaya. While Druk air flies 7 days a week connecting Bangkok and Kolkatta, there are 6 days flight a week connecting Delhi and Kathmandu 3 days a week flight to Dacca and 1 flight a week to Bodh Gaya. The official language of Bhutan is 'Dzongkha'. There are also many local dialects used in many regions of Bhutan. Bhutanese are known as Drukpas and are composed of three main ethnic groups, i.e Ngalops, Sharshops and Lhotsampas. Ngalops the first group originally from Tibet are the followers of Buddhism and settled mostly in the western & central Bhutan. Sharshops,the second group who immigrated from northern Burma & northeast India and settled in eastern Bhutan. Lhotsampas are the third group migrated to Bhutan from Nepal in the early 20th century for agricultural land and work. They live predominantly in the southern foothills.

Bhutan still holds about 72 % of intact forest coverage that is home to Bhutan’s diverse flora and fauna comprising of recorded 770 bird species including 16 globally threatened, 165 mammalian species, at least 7000 species of vascular plants, 360 orchids and 46 rhododendron species

Glimpses of Bhutan
Location: South Asia
Area: 18,000 sq,miles.
Capital: Thimpu
Population: 1,200,000 (Approx)
Religion: Buddhism
Climate: Sub- tropical to alpine

Places to visit

Thimphu:
Situated at 2,285 m above sea level, it is the capital of Bhutan. Just over 30 years old, this tiny Himalayan city was built by the late king Jigme Dorje Wangchuk to replace the ancient capital of Punakha. Quiet and peaceful city with its streets lined with traditional shop fronts. Beautiful textiles in wool, silver jewelry, thangkas and other traditional crafts of the kingdom are available in various Handicrafts Emporiums

Paro:
It is the winter capital of Bhutan and 52 km far away from Thimphu. With patchwork fields, willow glades, murmuring trout filled streams and scattered hamlets, Paro is one of the most attractive valleys of Bhutan. Bursting with color and tradition, this tiny town is overlooked by a dramatic Dzong, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside

Punakha:
Had once been the winter capital of Bhutan. It is still being used as the winter home of Bhutan’s spiritual leader and the monks of Thimpu and Paro. Blessed with temperate climate and fed by Pho-Chu (male) and Mochu (female) rivers, it is the most fertile site. During a clear weather one can have a splendid view of the distant Himalayan snow capped peaks at Docha La (pass) on Thimpu-Punakha road.