Bhutan is a tiny landlocked nation sharing borders with China to the north and India to the south, east and west. Bhutan, also known as Drukyul – the land of the thunder dragon – was a truly a hermit kingdom, hidden in the folds of the Himalayas, until the turn of the 21st century.
Bhutan opened its doors to international tourism in the early 70s. The Royal Government follows a stringent High End, Low Impact tourism policy. And that’s why tourists have to pay a USD 250 a day to enjoy the virgin wonders of this country in its purest form.
In 1999, the change was more sweeping with the introduction of Internet and Television. The World Wide Web took Bhutan to the global platform. And a few years later, mobile telephony was introduced. Communications have never been the change since then. In 2008, Bhutan became the youngest democracy in the world.
Bhutan has leapfrogged from the medieval to the modern in the past six decades. From horses to motorcars, footpaths to roads, from absolute Monarchy to constitutional democracy, the journey has been phenomenal. Yet, Bhutan has preserved its unique identity – its age-old culture traditions, customs, belief system, and values. Thanks to the wise leadership of our Monarchs, Bhutan continues to strike a fine balance between modern and tradition.