If talking about Bhutan, one might imagine that monks are very numerous because 75% of the population are Buddhists. However, what is so interesting about Bhutan? Here are some of the must-see attractions in Bhutan.
5 Bhutan Tourist Places You Must Visit
1. Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff and stands on a stunning blue forest of pine and rhododendrons. To go to one of Asia’s most beautiful temples , you can ride a pony, but only until the canteen. From there, you must walk on a steep path and a few narrow stairs to the monastery itself. You can enjoy the view of the Paro valley from here. This place is where Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Bhutan.
2. Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. This place is also known as Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is accessible 3 hours drive east of the Thimpu capital, and after crossing the mountains, you can see the stunning scenery. Dzong is located between two rivers, Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) which has a striking water color difference. Also, Dzong is connected to the mainland through a curved wooden bridge that has many precious relics from the rulers who once ruled here.
3. Zuri Dzong
Peak Zuri Dzong is the perfect place to enjoy the whole view of the valley of Paro. Here there is also Zuri Dzong, the oldest dzong in Bhutan. In addition, there is also a cave where the Buddha came to meditate in the 8th century. Tourists can enjoy the serenity in this place. The journey takes about 30 minutes if someone starts from the tower museum, and an extra hour to get out to Uma.
4. Gangtey Valley
The Gangtey Valley is one of the most amazing valleys in the Himalayas, and many call it the Shangri-La of Bhutan. You can find flat valleys without trees after passing through and climbing a dense forest. The journey you have to go is through Gogona and Khotokha, past pastures and fields, then juniper forests, magnolias and rhododendrons, which will bloom in full in April. You can also visit Gangtey history monastery In addition, there will be a special present for those who visit Gangtey during the winter, as they will be able to catch Cranes black neck that is perched.
5. Dochu La Pass
Dochu La Pass with a prayer flag flying around the Himalayas, will make your day feel wonderful. Visit the Temple of Drukwangyal Lhakhang and 108 chortens, built by Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangchuck Wangmo in honor of the Bhutanese soldiers killed when fighting Indian rebels in 2003.
Bhutan is a small country in South Asia in the form of Kingdom and is known as the Land of the Dragon of Thunder. Its territory is squeezed between India and the People’s Republic of China. The local name of this country is Druk Yul, meaning “Dragon Country”. The nagapun image is found on its flag. Because of its beauty, it is called Shangri-La last. The following is a unique and interesting fact about Bhutan and his photograph.
1. The original name is Druk Yul
The local name of this country is Druk Yul, meaning “Dragon Country”. The nagapun image is found on its flag.
2. The Bhutanese name comes from Sanskrit
‘Bhutan’ may be derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Bhu-Uttan भू-उत्थान)’ which means ‘High Land’. In another Sanskritanan theory, ‘Bhots-ant भोट-अन्त’ means ‘Tibetan end’ or ‘south of Tibet’. But some Bhutanese call their country ‘Druk Yul’ and its inhabitants ‘Drukpa’. The name Dzongkha (and Tibet) for this country is ‘Druk Yul’ (Dragon Land of Thunder).
3.Bahasanya is a Tibetan language family
The national language is Dzongkha, one of 53 languages in the Tibetan language family. His writing, called Chhokey (“Dharma Language”), is identical with Tibetan writing. The government grouped 19 related languages there as a dialect of the Dzongkha language. Lepcha is spoken in western Bhutan; Tshangla, a close relative of Dzongkha, is spoken extensively in the east. Khengkha is spoken in the middle of Bhutan. Nepali language spoken extends to the south. In English school is instruction medium and Dzongkha is taught as official language. Ethnologue lists twenty-four languages now spoken in Bhutan, all from the Tibetan-Burmese family, except Nepal, an Indo-Aryan language. The languages in Bhutan are still not well-founded, and some have not been recorded in the academic grammar. English also has an official position now.
4.Mempunyai currency whose name is quite strange
Ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan. Ngltrum has been the currency of Bhutan since 1974. Ngultrum is divided into 100 chhertum. Its value is synchronized with the Indian Rupee.
5. The majority of his religion is the Buddha
Although Bhutan is a South Asian country, the majority religion is not Hindu, but Tibetan Buddhism.
6. The Happiest Country in the World though very poor
Bhutan is referred to as the “Shangrilla at the foot of the Himalayas” which 97% of the people consider themselves to be very happy. It is not the happiness that comes from the satisfaction of the lusts of the mortal world, but comes from the faith and the concept of know-enough.Orang Bhutan thinks that real poverty is if not able charity to others, they are very satisfied as long as have paddy and house.
Because they are Buddhists, they do not kill soul beings, which is why they import meat from India. Nevertheless on the dining table rarely seen any kind of meat, but eating vegetables or dairy products has made them satisfied.
The experience of Bhutan’s happiness comes from Jigme Singye Wangchuck IV, the former king who did not prioritize economic development but founded a happy state as his mandate of office, with equality, concern and ecology concept of transforming Bhutan into a great country in terms of happiness.
In 2005, Bhutan became the focus of major media outlets around the world, its “Bhutanese Model”, the Gross National Happiness (GNH) theory which he proposed to receive close attention to the international community and become the subject of economics lessons studied by experts and research institutes of countries such as the US , Japan and others. The concept of “new” in the view of developed countries in the 21st century, in Bhutan has been quietly run for almost 30 years.
The so-called “Model Bhutan” is concerned with a balanced development of matter and spirituality, protection of the environment and protection of traditional culture laid on economic development, the standard for measuring development is the Gross National Happiness (GNH).
7.He is above the Himalayas
If we see Bhutan on the map, it will be seen that the whole of Bhutan is on a fairly high plateau.
8. Only 8 pilots who controlled Bandar Udara
As quoted VIVAnews.com from dailymail.co.uk page, because of the dangerous landing process at this airport, only 8 pilots in the world who qualify. As of July 2011, there was only one airline allowed to use this facility, Druk Air. The length of this airport track is known only 6,500 feet. This makes the Paro Airport one of the shortest airports on the sea. The aircraft that will land in this region should try hard through the dozens of homes scattered on the side of the mountain with the height of the roof is quite looming. Blowing strong winds along the hill, often causing turbulence on the fuselage. The passengers who once had experience crossing the airport dubbed it the most terrible landing.
9.Many fortress and temples are still maintained architecture
Lots of very beautiful architectural forts still standing. These forts are called Dzong in the local language. Photos of many of these Dzong are below.
10. Leaders are very aware and low self
Governments run by absolute monarchy power ended when the new constitution and the prime ministerial elections were held. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck who leads since 1972 announced the holding of elections in 2008, as well as the throne. The announcement was made before 8,000 yak shepherds, monks, farmers, and rural students on December 18, 2005. The announcement was distributed through the daily Kuensel. Previously, the king introduced the draft constitution and declared retirement at the age of 65 years. On this idea, some people did not agree because they were afraid of corruption, collusion and nepotism (KKN) practices, but in 2006 the king resigned and was replaced by his son.
11.History of Bhutan is missing
The early history of Bhutan is unclear, as most of the records have been destroyed after the fires in Punakha, the ancient capital in 1827. From the 10th century, Bhutan’s political development was heavily influenced by his religious history. Various children of Buddhist sects emerged that were protected by various Mongol and Tibetan maharaja. After the collapse of the Mongols in the 14th century, the sects competed with each other for supremacy in political and religious landscapes, eventually leading to the rise of the Drukpa sect boy in the late 16th century.
Until the seventeenth century, Bhutan existed as a belligerent fiefdom until united by the old Tibet and military leader Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. To defend his country from the Tibetan intermittent overthrow, Namgyal built an unbeatable dzong network, and announced a code of law that helped bring local kings under centralized control. Many of the dzong are still there. After Namgyal’s death in 1651, Bhutan fell into an anarchist atmosphere. Taking advantage of the turmoil, the Tibetans attacked Bhutan in 1710, and returned in 1730 with the help of the Mongols. Both attacks were thwarted, and a ceasefire was signed in 1759.
12.Emonomy of Bhutan
Despite being one of the smallest in the world, Bhutan’s economy has grown rapidly by around 8% in 2005 and 14% in 2006. As of March 2006, Bhutan’s per capita income was US $ 1,321 making it the highest in South Asia. Bhutan’s standard of living is growing and is one of the best in South Asia.
Bhutan’s economy is one of the smallest and least developed in the world, based on agriculture, forestry, and the sale of hydropower to India. Agriculture provides livelihoods for over 80% of the population. The agrarian practice consists mainly of subsistence farming and animal farming. Handicrafts, especially sewing and religious art production for home altars are small industries owned by the people and sources of income. Different scenery from rugged hill-ranges makes road construction and other infrastructure difficult and expensive. This, and the absence of access to the sea, caused Bhutan to never be able to profit from the significant trade of its products. Bhutan currently has no railway, although Indian Railways plans to connect southern Bhutan with its extensive network under an agreement signed in January 2005.  The past trading routes between the Himalayan mountains, which link India to Tibet, have been closed since the military takeover of Tibet in 1959 (though smuggling continues to carry Chinese goods to Bhutan).