Known as The Land of the Thunder Dragon, landlocked Bhutan was isolated from the outside world until the early 1970s and even today only a few lucky people have visited this incredible country.
The Bhutanese people have a strong sense of cultural tradition that binds the kingdom and distinguishes it from its larger neighbours. Located within the Himalayan range and bordered by China to the north and India to the south, Bhutan has managed to keep the modern world in check. This is due in large part to its strong roots in Vairayana Buddhism, which has a profound influence on everyday life within the country, with colourful festivals and mask dancing in the temples. Many ancient Buddhist treasures are housed in fascinating castle-like Dzongs, ancient fortresses now serving as monasteries and administrative offices.