BHUTAN OR ‘DRUK YUL’- THE MYTHICAL LAND OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON is as much known for its dramatic landscapes, architecture and fabulous bio-diversity as for its rich and colourful cultural heritage. The awe-inspiring valleys and mountain passes, daunting heights of the countless Himalayan mountains, deep gorges and vast undulating flower-studded meadows vividly reveals the varying moods of mother nature.
Bhutan is very protective of its natural environment and the culture of its people. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country to most visitors is the architecture. All buildings whether large monasteries, private houses or even gas stations, must conform to traditional design. It was only in 1999, the ban on television and the Internet was lifted, making Bhutan one of the last countries to introduce television. The King said that television was a critical step to the modernization of Bhutan as well as a major contributor to the country’s Gross National Happiness, but warned against the misuse of television which may also erode traditional Bhutanese values.