The name Bhutan translates into ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, and the country is just as fascinating as the name. The country earned its name because of the storms that would sometimes arise from the country’s close proximity to the Himalayas. The geography of Bhutan is beautiful, with rolling green hills sometimes sprinkled with snow, and various buildings built according to captivating architectural styles. Of recent times the country has become a popular tourism destination with many a Bhutan luxury hotel to be found such as COMO Uma Paro.
Bhutan garnered international intrigue by choosing to measure their nation’s prosperity by gross national happiness instead of gross domestic product. Despite them still being a developing country, one would find it quite difficult to find a citizen that seems unhappy. This could be due to the fact that a very significant portion of Bhutan’s population consists of kids, amounting to 1/3 of the total populace.
One of the most defining aspects of Bhutan is its ancient architectural works, specifically in the form of ‘dzongs’. The term means a palace of great happiness and bliss, and are usually massive fortresses with intimidating exterior walls protecting a host of other elements within. Within a dzong you will find beautiful courtyards, offices of administration and tranquil temples.
Bhutan has always been known for its very progressive environmental laws. For example, if one were to be caught killing a sacred black-necked crane, it could amount to life imprisonment. The nation’s pursuit of preserving sacred animal habitats doesn’t end there, since they have a national park that was formed to preserve the habitat of yetis. The park in question is the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. The Bhutanese name for the creatures is ‘Migoi’, which means ‘strong man’, and they now have their own protected forest habitat.
If you’re seeking to embark on an adventure like no other, be sure to take a trip to the Land of the Thunder-Dragon.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+