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Bhutan, known to the world as the Last Shangri-La, is a tiny kingdom perched on the majestic snow-capped Peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Its 600,000 inhabitants live scattered in the pristine fertile valleys surrounded by large tracts of virgin forests. The clean crisp air, unpolluted environment, colorful culture, ancient tradition imposing architecture and peace and tranquility make the Kingdom a tourist destination where dreams of paradise are realized. Bhutan, to its people is the Land of the Thunder Dragon. It is also the last bastion of the exotic Mahayana Buddhism. Chortens (stupas) dot the lush landscapes while prayer flags flutter in the clean mountain air of the Himalayas and prayer wheels rotate by the small rivulets. Buddhism is not merely a religion but a torch Guiding the way people live their daily existence. About the size of Switzerland, Bhutan shed off its self imposed isolation and began modern planned development In the sixties with Gross National Happiness as its vision. Preservation of environment and promotion of its unique Culture and tradition are hallmarks of its development principles.


Bhutan today is treading into the globalize future By striking a balance between modernization and preservation of its unique identity. The kingdom hooked up to Satellite TV and Internet only on the eve of the new millennium. Historically, Bhutan was known as 'Lhojong Menjong' - the Southern Valley of Medicinal Herbs and today it is still a natural paradise and is recognized as one of the 10 Global Hot Spots for its diverse flora and fauna. Rhododendron of numerous shades and the Blue poppy, which is the national flower, are among the exotic Varieties of flowers, which bring immense co lour to the Bhutanese seasons. The rugged terrain ranges from the sub-tropical foothills in the south, through the temperate zones, to heights of over 7,300 meters (24,000 feet) in the north. The dense sub-tropical to temperate forests is home to many Endangered and rare wildlife like the elusive Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, the Himalayan Black Bear, the Golden Languor, and the Taken. The Black Necked Cranes come to roost in several northern valleys in winter. It is still, in many ways, a Magical Kingdom of the Past and one of the world's exclusive travel destinations.


Our package Tour Costs for Bhutan

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a controlled tourism policy based on the principle of sustainability, which means an environmentally and ecologically friendly tourism. Therefore the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to a manageable level. The tariff has been fixed by the government to US$ 200 a day for both cultural tours and trek (using tented camps). However for Groups of less than three (FIT- Free Individual Travelers) there is an additional surcharge


Single Supplement U S $ 40 per day per head Group of two U S $ 30 per day per head .The Surcharge will not apply to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared By TAB. Rates: Rates for Children Up to 5 years of Age Free 6 - 12 years 50 % Discount 12 years and above Normal rates Full time students below the age of 25 holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions 25 % Discount for groups One PAX in every group of eleven to fifteen PAX 50 % Discount One PAX in every group exceeding sixteen persons.


100% Discount Cancellation Charges Within 30 days of the start of a tour programmer Free Within 21 days 10 % of the rate Within 14 days 15 % of the rate Within 7 days 30 % of the rate Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice 50 % of the rate After arrival in Bhutan 100 % of the rate Our package is inclusive of all meals, accommodation on twin sharing basis, transport within Bhutan, services of a licensed guide, porters, Horses and yaks for trekking within Bhutan. Not included in the packages are Druk air fare, visa fees (U S $ 20), airport departure tax (US $ 10) and expenses of personal nature like laundry, medicine, drinks and emergency evacuation.


Payments should be made payable only by bank transfer in any of the major world currencies- U S $, Dollars Please follow standard procedures we have for all agents operating from abroad. 100% of the Tour Payments must be deposited to the by Bank Transfer in favor of Himal Sonam Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. I am sending my deposit payment of Euro/U S $: ____________ By Bank Transfer in favor of Himal Sonam Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Account No: 023 021 655 200 18 Himalayan Bank Limited. Chabahil Kathmandu Nepal. Swift: (H I M A N P K A).


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Bhutan or 'Druk Yul; which means the land of the Thunder Dragon, is nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and surrounded by a complex geography of high mountains and deep valley. Also known as the last Shangri-La. The kingdom was opened to foreign visitors just three decades ago. In spite of many incursions by both Tibet's and Mongol troops and the armies of the British Empire stationed in India,the country has not been colonized since the 8th century the origin of the Name 'Bhutan is still a Mystery. It might have been derived from the Sanskrit word 'Bhu – than meaning the high country ' or from The India 'Bhot-anta' referring to those regions that border Tibet it may also mean the country of the Bhotes' In reference to a Tibetan People who settled down in the foothills of the Himalayas.


The Drukpas who forged its unit in the 17th century is a branch of the 'Kagyupas" who actually took their Name from the Monastery of Druk, founded in 1189 by Tsangpa Gyare at a place near Lhasa where legend says a dragon appeared. Not much is known of prehistoric Bhutan the great Indian master Padmasambhara arrived here in the 8th Century A. D. and introduced Buddhism to Bhutan Since 1907 the Kings of Wangchuk Dynasty have reined over Bhutan, the present King being His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk, Born in 1955 and Crowned in 1974th.


Tourism in Bhutan
Bhutan's Tourism history is rather brief but Royal .The first non Indian foreigners who entered Bhutan were explorers, geologists and Physicians etc. They were of course the royal Guests of the royal family who alone had the authority to invite guests into the country then the coronation of His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wanchuk in 1974 opened the doors to all tourists. The entry into Bhutan was then by land via the border Town of Phuentsholing until 1982. In 1983 the newly formed national Airline Druk Air Operated from Paro Airport to Calcutta by 1990 the Paro International Airport started operating a 72- Passenger BAe-146 Jet Aircraft Internationally in 1991. Tourism was privatized and is currently run by ex-employees of the Disbanded Government Tourist Company. However the tourism authority of Bhutan is responsible for all aspect of Tourism in Bhutan.


Major Religions
Lamaistic Buddhism 75%, Indian-and Nepalese-influenced Hinduism 25%
Ethnic groups
Bhote 50%, ethnic Nepalese 35%, indigenous or migrant tribes 15%
Growth rate 2.27%
Birth rate 37.33 births/1,000
Country Profile: Bhutan


Squeezed between China and India, the two most populous countries, takes its native name -- Druk Yul -- from the fierce storms that sweep down out of the Himalayan Mountains. Druk Yul means "land of the thunder dragon." Bhutan is the last surviving Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas and its deeply devout Buddhist culture bears a strong resemblance to that found in Tibet. Wary of foreign influence, Bhutan has full diplomatic ties with only 16 countries and sightseers were barred from the country until 1974. Even now, Bhutan limits the number of tourists to just 4,000 a year.


Languages: Dzongkha (official), Bhotes speak various Tibetan dialects, Nepalese speak various Nepalese dialects
Death rate: 14.6 deaths/1,000 Fertility rate 5.22 children/woman
Male life expectancy 52
Female life expectancy 51
Infant mortality rate 111.66 deaths/1,000 live births


Labor force N/A
Unemployment rate N/A
Inflation Rate 10% (1994)
Gross domestic product (total value of goods and services produced annually) $1.3 billion (1995 est.)
Budget $152.0 million Debt $129.0 million
Exports $77.4 million (1996 est.), primarily cardamom, gypsum, timber, handicrafts, cement, fruit, electricity (to India), precious stones, spices
Imports $104.1 million (1996 est.), primarily fuel and lubricants, grain, machinery and parts, vehicles, fabrics, rice
Defense spending N/A
Highways 3,285 km (1996)


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