Bhutan is a spiritual country which measures the development of its country not by GDP but by GNH: Gross National Happiness considering the importance of happiness more important than the monetary valued of a country. Bhutan is also known as Shangri-La as its beautiful location hide it in the Himalayan mountains. Majority of population still living on agriculture. This country truly reflects the blend of monarchy and democracy living side by side in a tandem.
It has opened the door for foreign tourists but with limited numbers only. In the year of 1990 there were only 2000 foreign visitors while it grows to 22000 in 2008. Bhutan follow the policy of control tourism in order to better protect its cultural value and not to get them influenced by other cultures. Tour packages to Bhutan should be booked in advance due to non availability of flight tickets and hotels during peak season. Other than that flight tickets costs are higher near to dates. A comprehensive tour to Bhutan is recommended while booking the tour which can includes visiting Paro, Thimpu and Punakha.
Carrying winter clothes during any time of year in Bhutan is advisable. Whereas day temperature may seems pleasant, temperature can drop significantly during nights. You may have difficulty in finding some of the Europeans brand medicine here, hence if you need something carry it with yourselves. Do respect the silence while visiting the Parliament or monastery where students may be doing meditation or their study. Bhutan's traditional clothes are beautiful for both men and women, give a try while holidaying in Bhutan.
What is Tantric Buddhism?
Bhutan is the only country which follows Tantric Buddhism which emerges during the last phase of Buddhism. It is also known as Diamond Vehicle or Vajrayana. Tantra Buddhism originated in India but later during the period of Muslim invasion it disappears. It believes that a person's Karma (action) forces him to reincarnate into next life which is also the basic fundamental of Buddhism.
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