Druk Executives

Introduction

The Kingdom of Bhutan, perched high in the foothills of the Himalayas wedged between the 2 most populous nation of China in the north and India to the south, stands today uniquely different and remains of utmost curiosity of calling to new travelers and addiction to the seasoned travelers to once again veil and explore the enchanting land of the Last Shangri-La, or a piece of Heaven on earth, as famously termed in the travel literature.

Although it is voted one of the world’s top travel destinations, very few make it.
This is Druk Yul, the land of the Thunder Dragon.

You cannot find a more enlightening travel destination today. Perched high on the mighty Himalayan range, the kingdom of Bhutan has defied globalization and chosen to remain a hidden paradise.
Bhutan is marked by raw natural beauty where the dense foliage changes dramatically as the sub tropical jungles at sea level merge into a fertile temperate zone and rises up to the great northern glaciers. This pristine environment is home to exotic wildlife and is a last refuge for endangered species like the Black-necked crane, the Blue Sheep, the Golden Langur, and even the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Bhutan is the last bastion of Vajrayana Buddhism, a spiritual practice that is known to be one of the most profound schools of teaching in the Buddhist world. The sacred monasteries that sit precariously on sheer cliffs, the fluttering prayer flags that line the high ridges, the red robed monks who chant through the day and night give this kingdom an aura that comes from another time.
The people of Bhutan have drawn a rich culture from this heritage and made it the essence of their unique character. They have decided that man can only survive, and truly live by being in touch with the past. The onslaught of globalization is balanced with the values that have kept human society together through the ages.

It is no surprise that the main goal in life for Bhutanese people is happiness. Even the mandate of the modern Bhutanese state is Gross National Happiness. In translation, this means that economic development, a goal for much of humanity, is only a means to the real goal of happiness.

The kingdom of Bhutan today may be man’s last unventured destination. That is how the Bhutanese people would like to keep it. Thus the carefully controlled tourism policy of the Bhutanese government that says, in essence: take nothing but pictures and memories, leave nothing but footsteps.

Area 38,394 sq.km
Location Landlocked between China (Tibet) and India
Altitude 100m above sea level in the South to over 7,500m above sea level in the North
Population 672,425
Male 364,482
Female 307,943
Capital Thimphu
Political system Democratic Constitutional Monarch
State Religion Buddhism (Drukpa Sect of Kargyupa, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism)
Offical language Dzongkha
Currency Ngultrum (at par with Indian Rupee)
Life expectancy 66 Years
Forest coverage 72.5%
Local time Six hours ahead of GMT
Country code 975