Nestled in the Himalayas is the delightful Kingdom of Bhutan, a very special place that is a true privilege to visit. Majestic snow-capped mountains, primeval forests, marvellous monuments and wonderful temples, the land-locked Kingdom is a must visit destination. Imposing fortress like dzongs and monasteries embody the country's Buddhist culture and sets the scene for spectacular tsechus (dance festivals). Then there are the textiles and handicrafts, outrageous archery competitions, high-altitude trekking trails and stunning flora and fauna.
Known by its people as Druk Yul or the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', it was only opened to the outside world in the 1970's. Bhutan is perhaps the only country in the world to retain the Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism as its official religion. With a unique blend of old and new, Bhutan's ancient Buddhist culture and breathtaking scenery make it a natural tourist attraction. No larger than Switzerland but with a population of less than 700,000, Bhutan is a place of peace and natural beauty.