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Bhutan: Home of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan is a landlocked country located in the Asiatic continent among Tibet in its north border, Indian states to the west, Assam to the south and Arunachal Pradesh to the east. The country offers the visitor snowcapped peaks, forested hills and alpine meadows where abound a rich fauna and flora. During the months of May to August, the hills are enclosed with a big variety of flowers, and from its mountains, wonderful waterfalls can be admired.

In the region, the country is known as Druk Yul (that means “house of the thunder dragon”), and its people are known with the name of Drukpas. The total population of this country is estimated in about 810,000 people divide in 50% Bhote, 35% ethnic Nepalese and 15% migrant tribes. The capital of Bhutan is the city named Thimpu. The official religion of the country is the Lamaistic Buddhist, but there is a big influence of the Hinduism. The official language is the Dzongkha, but its people also use others such as Tibetan and Nepalese dialects.

Among the attractions that you could see if you visit this country are the festivals which are frequent during the whole year. These are religious festivals that are celebrated during 3 to 5 days by the monks which perform ritual mask dances. You can also visit the Dzongs that are old monasteries located in the top of the hills; however, these places could be restricted sometimes.

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