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For centuries the highest mountains in the world have hidden a tiny jewel, the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. Come, explore with us this mystical country. You will find it one of the last pristine places on earth - a place of unspoiled natural beauty and heartwarming hospitality.

If Shangri-La exists then Bhutan, the Kingdom of the Clouds, is its true spirit. Here Himalayan people and Buddhist traditions have a mystical world. A secretive mountain kingdom, the size of Switzerland and with a total population of just 700,000, stretched between China, Tibet (China), India (with the State of Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and the principality of Sikkim). A place where tourism was only permitted about forty years ago, where TVs were introduced only in 1999 and still as of today there is one (only) channel showing a mixture of local and Bollywood movies (but then you will found out the houses with satellite dishes), where the sell of tobacco is illegal, where plastic bags are outlawed, where democracy was introduced as recently as 2008, where the Gross National Product (GNP) – most of the world countries consider to measure the market value of all the products and services produced in one year - has become the Gross National Happiness (a measure that consider the level of happiness of the country's people).

Bhutan is not a land of contradictions, is a land of harmony and spiritual uniqueness. It a land of harmony and intense emotions. Nowhere on earth there is a country like it, the last remaining Himalayan kingdom. Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, how it is called by its own people. The 'Paradise of the South', 'The Land of hidden treasure', or even 'The southern valley of medicinal herbs', how it is called by the Tibetans. A country that until recently was almost completely unknown to the outside world. As today, foreign influences and tourism in Bhutan are regulated by the Government to preserve the national Bhutanese identity, traditional culture and the environment. It has been possessively guarded against intruders, and in the history (against all the odds) it has succeeded in its Independence, so retaining its ancient culture untouched.

The 2008 was a year of turning point, also for Bhutan. From there, things are continuously changing. A young king was crowned, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, for the first time in one hundred year, with an election ushered in a new concept of democracy for Bhutan. The king is often referred to as the 'People's King' and before his accession to the throne has studied at Yangchenphug High School, Bhutan, and abroad, in the United States and in Oxford (England), where he graduated in International Relations. In 2011 he married Jetsun Pema and their wedding has been described has the largest media event in the history of Bhutan.

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