#JCF 49 My Bhutan2010 trek (01)

Update: I have to change my travel to Bhutan into the 2013 or later

In 2009, I was in Tibet – Everersttrek2009. In 2010 november, I will trek to Bhutan. It’s a mystical land. Let’s see. Now the first intro: What we find about Buthan in wikipedia…

The Kingdom of Bhutan (pronounced /buːˈtɑːn/) is a landlocked country in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountainsand bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by China. Bhutan was separated from the nearby state ofNepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by West Bengal. The Bhutanese called their country Druk Yul (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་ཡུལ་ ‘drug yul) which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”.

Bhutan’s landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, and the population of 691,141 is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduismbeing the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. After centuries of direct monarchic rule, Bhutan held its firstdemocratic elections in March 2008. The total area of the country is currently 38,394 square kilometres (14,824 sq mi)

Bhutan used to be one of the most isolated countries in the world. Developments including direct international flights, the Internet, mobile phone networks, and cable television have increasingly modernized the urban areas of the country. Bhutan balanced modernization with its ancient culture and traditions under the guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Rampant destruction of the environment has been avoided. The government takes great measures to preserve the nation’s traditional culture, identity and the environment. In 2006,Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world, citing a global survey conducted by the University of Leicester in 2006 called the “World Map of Happiness”.

© Steve Evans, http://babasteve.blogspot.com/

© Steve Evans 2005, Bhutan schoolboys

© Steve Evans 2005, Bhutan Dochu Pas

© Steve Evans 2005, Bhutan Dochu Pas

To be continue. Enjoy.

Bhutan (Wikipedia deutsch)
Bhutan (Wikipedia english)
Steve Evans Portfolio / Steve Evans on flickr

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