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Bhutan, also known as Druk Yul or the Land of Thunder Dragon is the world's most exotic tourist destinations. A conscious policy of isolation complemented by formidable geographical barriers has enabled the country to maintain its independence throughout its history. Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, the country ended its self-imposed isolation only in 1961 and embarked on the path of modern development in a fine balance with its ancient traditions. Until then, Bhutan had been geographically isolate. With a development philosophy based on the principles of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is becoming increasingly known for its unique cultural heritage, pristine ecology and wildlife, unparalleled scenic beauty of its majestic virgin peaks and lush valleys, unspoiled countryside, terraced rice fields, impressive architecture, warm and hospitable people and a devout Buddhist culture that makes this Himalayan Kingdom very special.

Bhutan lies squarely in the center of the Himalayas, amid the highest mountains on earth... in its 18,000 square miles can be found such variety of climate and scenery, such grandeur and peacefulness, and such fascination of the novel and unknown as few countries its size can boast. Its neighbors are Tibet to the north, Sikkim to the west, India's West Bengal and Assam to the south and east.


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