Bhutan means ” Land Of The Thunder Dragon ” because of the violent storms that descend from the Himalayas. Bhutan is bordered on the North and Northwest by China and to the East, South and Southwest by India. The capital of Bhutan is Thimpu which is also the largest city of the country. Thimpu was formerly the winter capital until 1962 when it was declared the permanent seat of the Government. Bhutan is almost entirely mountainous with a narrow strip along the southern border- the Duars, its only area of flat land. Until 1960s Bhutan lived an isolated life but after the introduction of first surfaced road, it gradually opened its doors to tourists in 1974. Majority of Bhutan’s population is the Bhotia (or Bhote, derived from Bod, the ancient name of Tibet). The official language is Dzongkha, a Tibetan dialect, although English and Nepali are also widely spoken. The official religion is a Lamaist form of Mahayana Buddhism also referred to as Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism was brought to the area after the arrival of the Bhotia and by the mid 16th century there were many dzongs (fortified monasteries) in the Himalayan valleys.
Bhutan is rich in its culture as well as in its biodiversity. Nearly three quarters of the total area is covered by forests. The lush valleys, the radiant snow capped peaks, the beautiful rural landscapes and the rich Himalayan flora and fauna of Bhutan will leave you in awe. Bhutan still maintains its culture and traditions in the same way it did centuries ago. The scope for trekking in Bhutan is immense from short walks to arduous treks. Trekking gives an opportunity to see the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan at its most magnificent form. Most trek routes follow the old trading route between different valleys. From the towering snow peaks of the inner Himalayas to the verdant forests which cloak the hills above its peaceful valleys, the trails are clean, unspoiled, and the wilderness still pristine in it’s beauty. Some of the treks that are listed above offer enchanting vistas of the Himalayas. All our trekking programs are well planned and accompanied by efficient, trained team who take care of all the necessities.