Bhutan is a tiny Himalayan kingdom (46,000 sq. km) squeezed between the Asian giants China and India. Considered the last Shangri-La, Bhutan has a population of only 700,000. However, the mountainous terrain enabled the development of diverse local cultures and dialects that are all unique on their own.
As one of the 27 present day Kingdoms and one of the youngest democracies in the world, contemporary Bhutan balances preservation of culture, nature, and development under its revered development philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Since His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, coined GNH in the 1970s, the government of Bhutan prioritizes the wellbeing of people over gross domestic product.
Bhutan is the world’s only carbon sink! The nation absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces. It sells hydroelectricity making it the only country whose largest export is a renewable energy. It is in the nation’s constitution that at least 60% of the country must remain under forest cover at all times. In reality, nation-wide conservation efforts have led to over 72% forest cover. These forests are home to a wide array of flora and fauna that makes Bhutan one of the last remaining biodiversity hotspots in the world. With an elevation range of 160m/520ft to 7,000m/23,000ft above sea level, the climate range and biodiversity in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom is unparalleled. Learn more about Bhutan.
We at Zigkor Tours & Travel invite you to experience Bhutan!