Bhutan – The Happiest Country on The Earth

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The smallest country in South Asia by size but the biggest country in terms of happiness. Yes, We are talking about Bhutan. It is South Asia’s most Peaceful country, Culturally so rich and prosperous Nation. Although neighbors have conflicts of land, border, and various issues, Bhutan has its own heritage of peaceful life and Negligible conflicts. The exceptional Dictatorship with Happiness.

Bhutan traditional dress
Men in Traditional dress of Bhutan

Origin of Bhutan

Firstly, The Bhutan word comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Bhota-ant’. It means the Ending of the Tibet plateau. Also, another word in Sanskrit is’ Bho-Uttan’, which means The land at a high altitude. Secondly, there is no evidence that This country was under British Rule. That means it was always been an independent country.

Countries Presence occurs in 500 BC or 600 BC. Most of the Scriptures and Documents were destroyed in The Historical capital Punakha. As a result, the history of the country has remained foggy.

Beautiful view from hotels window
Exceptional view from the window

The Himalayan Kingdom

Bhutan is the only Buddhist kingdom in the world. It surrounds the beautiful Himalayas mountain ranges neighboring India at the south and Tibet at the north. This Kingdome work as a buffer zone for China and India in the Northeast area.

Apart from that, Bhutan on the map Looks like a single dot but It has a strategic location between India and China. The countries economy is Mostly based on the agriculture sector and Tourism. Although it’s the smallest country in South Asia and the world, for instance. But countries GDP per capita is well recognizable.

Bhutan’s currency is Bhutanese Ngultrum and its rate is 1 Bhutanese Ngultrum = 0.013 US Dollar.

Bhutan’s king’s name is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk. He was born in 1980 and to date, he is the Dragon king of this Himalayan kingdom. The king has a progressive ideology that helps the people of the country to be progressive.

King Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk
King Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk

Traveling in Bhutan

According to the world tourism index report, Bhutan has a rank of 87th out of 141. Apart from that, Every year, around 200,000 tourists visit the country, of which around 70,000 are international tourists. It is very safe to visit this country. From September to April it’s a peak season to visit the country.

Some of the places to visit

There are so many places we can visit in its peak season. Some are so beautiful and historical. The country’s culture and heritage are very rich and prosperous. It has ancient monasteries, beautiful valleys, mountains and rivers, traditions.

1] Thimpu

Buddha Dodenma , Thimpu Bhutan
Buddha Dodenma

Thimpu is the current national capital of Bhutan. It is filled with a lot of sacred statues of Lord Buddha. The city is located in the surroundings of the Himalayas. Also, it is home to the Royal family of the nation. Some of the attractions for tourists are,

  • Tashichho Dzong
  • Buddha Dordenma
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Royal takin Preserve
  • Memorial Chhorten
  • Folk Heritage Museum, Kawajangsa.

2] Paro valley

Monasteries in Paro valley
Paro, Bhutan

Paro contains high lands, mountain passes. In fact, the Chale La is the highest altitude motorable pass situated in Bhutan. This valley is known for its Monasteries and great fortresses. Some of the greatest attractions are as follows.

  • National Museum of Bhutan
  • Paro Taktsang
  • Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Jangtsa Dumtseg
  • Paro airport birds view point
  • Zuri Dzong

3] Punakha

River side palace in punakha
Riverside palace in Punakha

The previous capital of the great Kingdom of Bhutan. Fulfill of culture and architecture. It is 72 km away from the current capital Thimphu. Now it’s an administrative center for the country. The greatest attractions are as follows,

  • Punakha Dzong
  • Mo Chhu
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Choeten
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Talo Monastery
  • Wolakha Nunnary

4] Manas National Park

A small bridge built on the river inside Manas national park
A small bridge built on the river inside Manas national park

Attractions of this park are as follows,

  • Mathanguri
  • Panbari range
  • Chowki Picnic spot
  • Bogamati Picnic spot

5] Phuentsholing

a monastery in bhutan
A monastery in Phuentsholing

This place is called the gateway of the thunder dragon. This city shares its border with India’s city Darjeeling. However, Phuentsholing is not a large tourists magnet. But there are some beautiful places in the city remained till now.

  • Zangtopelri
  • Karbandi Monastery
  • Indo Bhutan gate
  • Gumpha Mandir
  • Crocodile Zoo

In conclusion, If you are planning to visit This peace-loving country. You don’t have to rethink it. It would be great if you visit between September to May. Because that is the spring season for the country. Also, the country is affordable to visit for a week and more. So it is not like European countries where you have to check your expenses to travel.

Note – If you are a citizen of India.

You just have to carry your passport or your voter ID. There’s no requirement for visas for Indian nationals.

There are guidelines available on the official site of Bhutan Tourism. You should check and follow the guidelines of the Government before visiting the country.

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