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Here under Bhutan, you will find travel information classified by city or region of Bhutan, as well as general information.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a country in the Himalaya Mountains, between India and China. There is no sea in Bhutan. The population is 2.3 million, and the land area 18,000 square miles (slightly smaller than Switzerland; half of Indiana).
Stone tools, weapons, and ruins of large stone buildings prove that Bhutan was inhabited as early as 2000 BC. Nowadays, over 70% of Bhutan is covered with forests.
The North of Bhutan is made of icy mountain peaks with a very cold climate. Most peaks in the north are over 21,000 feet above sea level. Watered by icy rivers, valleys in this region feed livestock, attended by nomadic shepherds.
The Black Mountains in the center of Bhutan provide most of Bhutan's forest production. Most of the population lives here.
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In the south, the Shiwalik Hills are covered with dense forests, alluvial lowland river valleys.
Western Bhutan has the heaviest monsoon rains; southern Bhutan has hot humid summers and cold winters; central and eastern Bhutan is temperate and drier than the west with warm summers and cold winters.
Bhutan remains one of the most isolated nations in the world, and foreigners are not allowed to travel to many areas in order to minimize the effects of tourism on the local culture. Government controls are strict.
A typical travel program to Bhutan includes dzongs, particularly in western and central Bhutan. Dzongs are at the centre of civil, religious and cultural life in Bhutan. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce you to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism.
The best way to reach Bhutan is to fly from Kathmandu, with breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and the Himalayas.
Some tour operators offer tours to Bhutan from Bangkok. Many of these itineraries are at an average elevation of 6,000 feet. Trekking is one of main goals for travel to Bhutan.