Kuzu Zangpola and Welcome to Bhutan!
Bhutan, the land of Gross National Happiness, welcomes you into her embrace with a bounty of cultural diversity and geographic beauty. Bhutan has often been regarded as the real Shangri-La. Druk Yul, or The Land of the Thunder Dragon, has also gained popular momentum as “The Kingdom in the Clouds”. Others have likened Bhutan to “a land of mist and mysticism”. History has seen Bhutan develop from a land ruled over by different factions to a united country, nurtured and treasured by a tradition of hereditary monarchs, to becoming the world’s youngest democracy. Bhutan has come a long way; each and every step in her progress stands testimony to the rich cultural and traditional heritage that serves as the central pillar of the nation’s strength and unity. Bhutan is also the only nation in the world which measures its development and success based on a philosophy of Gross National Happiness, GNH.
This unique philosophy, which in plain terms means ‘development with values’, prioritizes people’s happiness above material development which in today’s world is totally unprecedented. Bhutan opened her doors to the world in the 1970s and since then has never ceased to seduce and attract happy visitors from every region. Every year thousands of people come to Bhutan and immerse themselves in this enchanted land of wonder. Wanderlust travel magazine awarded Bhutan the ‘Top Country 2009’ Award and, in 2011, Bhutan was also awarded the title of ‘Most Refreshing Tour’ at the 25th International Travel Expo (ITE) in Hong kong. In 2012 Bhutan received a total of 105,402 visitors, keen to explore and enjoy new and undiscovered delights. In 2013 Bhutan was shortlisted as one of the three finalists for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) prestigious “Destination Stewardship Award.” The New York Times lists Bhutan as one of the top 5 places to visit. These are just a few of the many awards and accolades that Bhutan has won, cementing its position as one of the world’s top travel destinations. Our mission is to bring you a wonderland and to enable you to lose yourself within its charming sights and scenes. We are here to lead and accompany you at every stage and that is why we call ourselves ‘Your Travel Guide to Bhutan’. We are a team of tourism professionals with years of training and experience and we look forward to providing you with your most memorable adventure yet.
The Bhutan Journeys Team