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Until the time Buddhism came to this kingdom, the people of the land were as untamed as the land itself. Those times, lived a very wild and barbaric lifestyle wherein, they worshipped nature and is elements and engaged in practice of a religion called Bon. It was the Great Saint Padmasambhava popularly called Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century.
Drukyul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, as Bhutan is also known, still carries a legacy manifested in temples and prayer flags that dot the mountainsides. Many peaks in Bhutan are yet to be named and below them steep glacial valleys lie above alpine highlands. Misty forests and glacial streams meander down from majestic mountains to warmer valleys throughout the Kingdom.
The Bhutanese sense of their place in their world is found in the mural paintings of the four harmonious friends (Thuenpa Puen Zhi) often depicted on temple walls. According to the fable, a bird flew from a distant land carrying a seed in its beak. As the bird grew tired it dropped the seed where a hare dug a hole and a monkey joined in to plant the seed. An elephant stood over the young shoot protecting it from the elements. Soon it grew into a tree of life laden with fruits which the animals helped each other harvest.
This story is an example of living in harmony that resonates across the land. Today, Bhutan exudes this existence through its unique system of GNH or Gross National Happiness propounded by the Fourth Druk Gyalpo King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
With our company handling your travel arrangements in Bhutan, you can be assured of the finest service available in the Kingdom. We will do everything possible to ensure your trip to Bhutan (created, guided and hosted with our best efforts to deliver value for your money) as one that leaves a lasting best impression.