Bhutan

One of the most coveted travel destinations in India, with its scenic landscape, monuments and memorials connected with legends and folklore. It is a landlocked nation known as Druk Yul / land of the thunder dragon. It is located amid the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the south, east and west by India and to the north by China. Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim. Religion is Mahayana Buddhism, and the population is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism being the second. Population is maximum in the central highlands. The national language is Dzongkha. The script, here called Chhokey and is similar to classical Tibetan. English is the medium of instruction in school and Dzongkha is the national language.

Cultivation is mainly Rice, buckwheat, and maize, and they are the staple foods of the country. Apple grows in plenty and there are a few orchards also. The diet also includes pork, beef, yak meat, chicken, and mutton. Soups and stews of meat and dried vegetables spiced with chilies and cheese are prepared. Ema datshi is very spicy with cheese and chilies may be the national dish for its ubiquity and the pride that Bhutanese have for it. Dairy foods, particularly butter and cheese from yaks and cows, are also popular, and indeed almost all milk is turned to butter and cheese. Popular beverages include butter tea, tea, locally brewed rice wine and beer. Bhutan is the only country in the world to have banned the sale of tobacco. Some of the lesser known destinations are Chukha, Gasa, Haa, Lhuentse, Pema Gatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Samtse Trashi Gang, Trasi Yangtse and Zhemgang.

Places of interest

Jakar, Mongar, Paro, Phuentsholing, Punakha, Samdrup Jongkhar, Thimpu, Trashigang, Trongsa, Haa, Bumthang, Wangdiphodrang