Druk Yul, the land of the Thunder Dragon, is perhaps one of the loveliest and most expensive adventure destination of Himalaya. The land was scattered into different independent principalities and ruled by the various religious leaders and was united in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The King Jigme Singye is current head of the state and government.
Over 70 % of the land is covered by forest. Many areas have been set aside as national parks, forest reserves or wildlife sanctuaries, with a very rich natural diversity. Indeed, Bhutan has been declared one of the top ten environmental destinations in the world. Its rich vegetation and rare wildlife, including 500 species of birds and butterflies – these are the treasure of Bhutan.
Bhutan is a veritable Shangri-La, situated in the Great Himalayan range and bordered by Tibet to the north, east and west and India to the south. Total area is only some 47,000 sq. km, not much larger than Switzerland. Traveling in this fabled land is like being transported back to a bygone era.