Bhutan, a small country in the Himalaya, also known locally as DRUKYUL (Land of Thunder Dragon), is situated between Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the North and the Indian states of Sikkim in the West, Assam and West Bengal in the south and Arunachal Pradesh in the East. With an area of 38,394 square kilometers, Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland both in its size and topography, being largely mountainous.
The Drukpa Kagyupa sect of Mahayana Buddhism provided the essence of a rich culture and fascinating history. The Bhutanese people protected this sacred heritage and unique identity for centuries by choosing to remain shrouded deeply in a jealously guarded isolation.
Bhutan has one of the richest eco-systems in the world, ranging from the sub-tropical to the alpine with the highest species density. The rich flora and fauna has resulted in the nation being listed as one of the 10 global hot spots for environmental conservation. The environment is still intact with more than 72 percent of the total land cover under lush forests.
Religion influences every aspect of the Bhutanese life and the people continue traditions that existed centuries ago. While deeply religious, the people are fun loving and easy going.0