Over the years in the tourism business we have been interacting constantly with guests who come through our travel agency or those that have stayed at our hotels or come and visited our handicraft stores. As a result we have been very fortunate to get a very good understanding of the tourism business and realize what you as a traveler are looking to experience when you come to Bhutan. Being an established business house for the past 15 years, we know we will instill a confidence in you of our capabilities and reliability. We truly believe in giving you a real Bhutanese experience while you are here in Bhutan. We understand the need for you to experience the local Bhutanese culture as a Bhutanese does and not just be a tourist passing by. As a traveler it is not enough to be treated as a spectator of the unique culture that exists here. We will get you involved in every aspect of the Bhutanese culture.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked nation in the Himalaya Mountains, sandwiched between India and the People’s Republic of China in South Asia. The local name for the country is Druk Yul. It is also called Druk Tsendhen (land of the thunder dragon), because the thunder there is said to be the sound of roaring dragons. Historically Bhutan was known by many names, such as Lho Mon (southern land of darkness), Lho Tsendenjong (southern land of the cypress), and Lhomen Khazhi (southern land of four approaches). The origins of the name Bhutan are unclear; historians have suggested that it may have originated in variations of the Sanskrit words Bhota-ant (the end of Bhot – another word for Tibet), or Bhu-uttan (highlands). The word Bhutan as a name for the country dates from the late 19th century.
Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world; however, the country maintains strong economic and cultural links with India. Foreign influences and tourism are heavily regulated by the government to preserve the country’s traditional culture and national identity. The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding seven thousand metres. Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion and accounts for about half the population. Thimphu is the capital and the largest city.