BHUTAN

Known as the Druk Yul (land of the Thunder Dragon), Bhutan is regarded as the last paradise on earth which is open to outside world recently. Its isolation, spectacular mountains, ancient Buddhist monasteries, varied flora and fauna, vibrant culture and mystic aura have made it so.

The country is divided into three district tracts, between the southern foot-hills and the Himalayan crest, running from south to north. The southern tract, about 49 km width and consisting mainly of outer hills receives as much as 300 inches rainfall annually. Dense vegetation clothes the hill-sides. The northern tract consists of dense rugged mountains with alpine valleys and snowy peaks soaring to heights of 7,135 metres. The central tract, about 64 km in width consists of a number of valleys at altitudes upto 3,048 metres is separated by high mountain ridges with gentler slopes.

Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan lying in a valley (2,350m). The traditional architecture of its houses and buildings is particularly striking. The places to visit are – The Memorial Chorten, Tashicho – Dzong, Traditional Medicine hospital, National Library, The National Institute for Zong Chosum, Chargankha Lakhang and Simtokha Dzong.