Bhutan often revered as the “Land of the Peaceful Dragon” is still regarded as one of the last “Shangrila” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, it’s spectacular mountain terrain, Varied flora and fauna its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. It is in the relatively unexplored pockets of Asia which allows only limited number of discerning travelers to enter the country in order to protect its fragile environment and culture. Bhutan a purely Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom is unsurpassed in its scenic majesty and vibrant culture. The kingdom shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism. The fifty minutes flight from Kathmandu to Paro can truly be described as a flight into fantasy. During the flight a first hand close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other famous peaks become reality. Biweekly flights between these two kingdoms have made easier travel to the long isolated Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan.
Drukpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism is the state religion but the Nyingma School is also well represented in the central and eastern districts.
The monsoons start in mid June and lasts until the end of September. The climate within the mountains varies greatly according to precipitation and wind conditions. In the Duras plain and up to 1500m. the climate is sub-tropical with high humidity and heavy rainfall. The climate of mid-mountain belt varies, such that low-lying parts of Punakha, Mongar, Tashigangs and Lhuntse have cool winter and hot summers, whereas the higher valleys of Ha, Paro, Thimpu, Tongsa and Bumthang ranging from 2,500 – 4,500m. endure a temperate climate with cold snowy winters and somewhat cooler summers.