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Introduction to Bhutan

Hidden for centuries, Bhutan or “Druk Yul” in the Bhutanese language is located in the great Himalayas sandwiched by its two giant neighbours, India to the South and China to the North. It is also known as the “Switzerland of Asia” since its shape, area and mountains are roughly comparable to that of Switzerland or around half the size of Indiana or roughly the size of West Virginia, USA.

A recent census conducted by the government estimates around 700,000 people make up a Bhutanese population. It is principally a devout Buddhist nation and is the only country in the world to have adopted Mahayana Buddhism in its Tantric form as its official religion. The Buddhist faith has played and continues to play a fundamental role in the cultural, ethical and sociological development of country and its people. The interesting fact about Bhutan is that it remains independent throughout its history – never been governed or colonised by any outsider.

The people of Bhutan are composed of many ethnic groups: the Ngalops in the west are the descendent of Tibetan origin, the Sharchops in the east are believed to be the original inhabitants of the country and the Lhotsampas in the south are from Nepalese origin settled in the country toward the end of the nineteenth century.

The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, which is an offshoot of Tibetan language. However, English is widely spoken in Bhutan as it is also the medium of instruction in schools throughout Bhutan. The three most spoken languages of Bhutan are Dzongkha in the western Bhutan, Tshangla or Sharchopkha in the eastern Bhutan and Nepali in the southern Bhutan. There are about 24 languages and/or dialects spoken in Bhutan.