Category: About Bhutan

history

History

Bhutan has been called by many names over the centuries, like Lho Jong, the valleys of the South, Lho Mon Kha Zhi, the Southern Mon country of four approaches, Lho Jong Men Jong, the Southern valleys of medicinal herbs and so on and so forth. Bhutan’s history before the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century is somewhat obscure. A few scholars claim that the country was inhabited by…

political

Political System

Bhutan became the youngest democracy in the world when it conducted its first parliamentary elections on March 24, 2008. This transformation of a hermit kingdom, isolated from the rest of the world for the better part of its recent history, and ruled by five generations of successive monarchs since 1907, is indeed a great milestone. Surprisingly, it was the very institution of monarchy, in particular the fourth King of Bhutan,…

gnh

Gross National Happiness

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck embarked on a unique developmental strategy for Bhutan that promoted national ideology in the form of Gross National Happiness (GNH) . Instead of emphasizing too much on the country’s GDP, which other than providing economic relief did not address the overall social issues, the king shifted the government’s focus towards the wellbeing and happiness of the people, thereby redefining the national priority. GNH is a multi-dimensional…

culture

Culture & Tradition

We take pride in our rich cultural heritage, which manifests itself in the "way of life" we observe in Bhutan. Our customs, traditions and ethos have taught us to live in harmony with each other, and have crafted an identity so unique that it ensured our survival through the centuries. The fact that Bhutan was never occupied by any foreign power throughout its history, speaks volumes about how culture became…

economic

Economy

Bhutanese economy is primarily based on agriculture, which provides livelihood to over 60% of the country's population, engaged in farming. Hydropower and tourism are the primary source of foreign exchange for the country, which also contributes significantly to the national exchequer. The 6% GDP growth in 2016 is attributed to the major economic reforms initiated in line with the national goal of attaining self-sufficiency. With the commissioning of more hydropower…

Religion

Buddhism developed in India as a non conforming system outside of Hinduism. Buddhists explicitly rejected the usefulness of the elaborate Vedic rites and refused to accept the caste system as authoritative. Despite these differences, however, Buddhism shares many fundamental beliefs with Hinduism, including the concepts of reincarnation, karma, and entering Nirvana, or absolute liberation. Nirvana Nirvana, the state of final liberation from the cycle of birth and death, is held…

climate

Climate & Environment

Bhutan has four seasons and a highly varied climatic condition which can be attributed to two main factors: the vast differences in altitude and the influence of the north Indian monsoons. Southern Bhutan which mostly borders India has a hot, humid sub-tropical climate that is fairly unchanging throughout the year. Temperatures can vary between 15-30 degrees Celsius. In the Central parts of the country the climate cools a bit, changing…

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