"Into the Last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom" Top 5 Page for this destination Bhutan by illa

Bhutan Travel Guide: 233 reviews and 897 photos

A Kingkom of Thunder Dragon

A flying dragon is on the national flag of Bhutan, as shown in the picture.

This is a land of roses, beautiful mountains and clean air.

Bhutan is not an ordinary place. You don't know much of it because they don't care much of "international image" so they don't promote their nation as others do; However, that you don't know it doesn't mean the Bhutanese don't know the world. Internet is something common in Bhutan. Since this country is hardly known by the world, it's easy to assume that Bhutan is one of the poorest countries in the world. If that means money saved up in the bank, it might be true, as there had been no currency in Bhutan until 1960s. Before that time, Bhutanese lived a sort of Medieval life. However, in Bhutan I didn't see any beggar; everybody enjoys some pieces of land, free education and medical treatment. I would not call it poverty.

This is a country with one foot in the past and one in the future. The King is taking very cautious steps towards the "development". While travelling there, it's very easy to lose your heart in Bhutan.

If You Encounter A Man Like This On the Road

You'd probably doubt where you are and when you are.

Isn't he like a man from an ancient dynasty?

Praying Flags

This is one of most common views you see in Bhuan. The flags are full of lection that is read by wind, constantly, and sent to the heaven.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome scenery and architecture, charming people, undiluted culture
  • Cons:It is quite expensive to go travelling in Bhutan, as the daily tariff is set by the government
  • In a nutshell:Bhutan can change a lot of your pre-conception.
  • Last visit to Bhutan: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 28, 2004
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  • May 6, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    while going through you story i am impressed you are great!beautiful country ..thinking to visit bye.. kunwar77@yahoo.com

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2007 at 4:59 AM

    Fantastic photos of such an interesting place. Can't wait for my visit in October.

  • KhanhLy's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2007 at 9:37 PM

    Incredible and interesting reading.

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    nice place!thanks for the great photos and the tips:)

  • mavl's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    so you're one of the few who've been to bhutan, great page! hope you have a great birthday!

  • Rajshekhar's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2006 at 1:34 PM

    Hi Illa, Its great information abour Druk Yul with lovely photographs. You please also add the cost of staying at Thimphu and Paro, So the new visitors will have some idea of expenses. Thanks again!!!!!!

  • zumodemango's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2005 at 12:12 PM

    i like all, specially the t-logues

  • NC_Ziggy's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2005 at 1:52 PM

    Hi, illa! Great job on these pages and what an interesting trip! It certainly is a different place and life there, but the people seem happy & friendly! Best Wishes from North Carolina! ;-)

  • LuisGuimaraes's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2005 at 5:20 PM

    HEy, nice page, I enjoyed the road story. Something like that should actually be part of every traveller's story-book!

  • btex's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2004 at 2:40 PM

    great photos. Bhutan looks like a nice place to visit as well as a nice place to live.

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