Nestled in the East of the majestic Himalayan, between China and India, peaceful Bhutan is still quite strange to many, yetthe place where all the happiest in this living world converge. Surprisingly, there is such a place, in South Asia, where human, animal and nature all live in harmony.
Hitherto, it had been largely mysterious even to its neighbors, but abandoning its self-imposed policy of isolation had it grappling to find a precarious balance between modernization and the preservation of its culture and traditions.However, it does seem that Bhutan has found the perfect balance between the two and now though it is making tremendous developments in all sectors, it also manages to hold onto its unique identitythat makes it unlike any other country in the world with a population of just over 0.7 million.
The beauty of Bhutan
Bhutan has a rich culture, the result of self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world until five decades ago. Even today the government strongly emphasizes promotion and preservation of its unique culture which is reflected through its magnificent architecture, dress, traditional ceremonies, everyday life of the Bhutanese people, and traditional beliefs.
Bhutan follows DriglamNamzha to preserve its tradition and culture. It is a set of etiquette as what to wear, how to eat, talk, bow down and so on. It was introduced and implemented since the 90’s. Looking at the ancient infrastructure, textiles, farming traditions and way of living and the performing of cultural and spiritual rituals and ceremonies, we can say that Bhutan boasts of a singularly unique identity.
Bhutan is a beautiful country with every inch a picture postcard scene. The temples and Dzongs are all stunning buildings each highly decorated. The people are very friendly and polite in a reserved almost British way.
The happiest country in the world
Bhutan, also called "The last Shangri-La," is the country with the majority of Buddhists. Therefore, when going to anywhere, visitors will always see the Buddhist flags flying in the wind.Bhutan exudes a special a feeling of calm and serenity, which envelops each the very instant they set foot in the Kingdom. People are deeply religious following the Mahayana form of Buddhism. The air of spirituality is evident, even in the urban centers where the spinning of prayer wheels the murmur of mantras and the glow of butter lamp in the houses are still important feature of everyday life.As being the heaven on Earth, anybody sets foot on this land wishes to cherish each and every moment in life.
Though small, almost indistinguishable from the rest of the world, Bhutan has drawn attention to the world by its very own way of life. There is no distinction between the rich and the poor, no modern house, streets, not many advertising signs, etc. Especially, Bhutan is the only country in the world that doesn’t have a single traffic light in its capital city.
Gross National Happiness
Bhutan measures prosperity by taking into consideration the citizens’ happiness levels and not the gross domestic product. The Majesty JingmeSingyeWangchuck, former King of Bhutan, is the creator of Gross National Happiness. Rather than base the economic success of Bhutan on how much money the country earned, he believed it should be measured by factors that contribute to the quality of life for the Bhutanese people. Today, Bhutan has always maintained a lifestyle rich in national identity, increasingly sustainable development and is considered as the happiest country in the world.
Bhutan pristine environment, with high rugged mountains and deep valleys, offers ecosystems that are both rich and diverse. Recognizing the importance of the environment, conservation of its rich biodiversity is one of the government’s development paradigms.
Bhutan is very rich at Himalayan flora and fauna. Nearly three quarters of the total area covered by Jungle. Snow-capped peaks, lush valleys and unbelievably beautiful rural landscapes imprint themselves upon the mind forever.
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