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The Kingdom of Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is also known as “Land of the Thunder Dragon”.

The highest mountain in Bhutan, Gangkhar Puensum, is considered by many to be the highest unclimbed mountain in the world

Tourism is a growing industry in Bhutan since the first tourists were admitted into the country in the 1970s: today, around 30,000 tourists visit every year.

Bhutan is commonly referred to as “the Last Shangri-la” due to its beautiful Himalayan landscape and largely isolated society. 

The term “gross national happiness” was first coined in Bhutan in 1971 as a more psychological measure of the quality of life and social progress than “gross domestic product”.

The Kingdom has an extremely varied ecosystem, ranging from Himalayan Mountains to lowland agricultural plains

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