Unlike its Himalayan neighbors — Nepal, Tibet and Sikkim, the kingdom of Bhutan has remained mostly closed for foreigners. The royal treasury is replenished not by tourism, but from the export of electricity. Entrance to this tiny strip of land, protected from the rest of the world by the Great Himalayan Range, is limited. Here there is an opinion that foreigners and the so-called “civilization” do not bring good to this country benefit. Eventelevision, untilrecently, wasbannedinBhutan.
Bhutan is a constitutional monarchy, and until very recently, four sister queens ruled the country with their patriarch spouse Raja JigmeVonchugBista.
In Bhutan, all phenomena are sacred — mountains and rivers, animals and fish. Climbing is prohibited so as not to disturb the sacred dream of the mountains, for the same reason hunting and fishing is prohibited. Here is the highest in the world unconquered peak GangarPensum (7541 m). This is the only corner in the world where a blue poppy grows and takin lives — a wild little-studied half-elk-half-yak.
In the mountainous regions of the country among the nomads, the male population prevails. This was the cause of the foundations of polyandry. Marrying the eldest of the brothers, the woman becomes the wife of the rest.
The dwellings of people here are similar to carved chambers, decorated with sacred symbolism, as well as with images of the peaceful dragon Druk — the symbol of the kingdom of Druk Yul. This is the name of the country in Bhutanese -Dzonka. All men proudly wear traditional kaftan Gho, which is tightly girdled. The tighter — the more respect for the interlocutor.
The main specialty of the Bhutanese cuisine is Emu-Dashi, hot spicy chilly pepper, poured with yak melted cheese.
Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom, and the whole life of people is saturated with this philosophy. In the remote mountain Dzongs (monasteries-citadels) lamas live their lives of hermits, plunging into deep meditation, chanting the sacred ancient mantras, and burning incense. So they send vibrations of Good, Love and Compassion to the world.