People and their living
Bhutanese people are friendly and hospitable people.
Large majority of Bhutanese are a homogenous group divided linguistically into three main ethnic groups the Sharchops, Ngalong and Lhotshampa (Nepalese origin) make up today Ddrukpa population.
Sharchops reside predominantly in eastern Bhutan. Their origin can be traced to the tribes of northern Burma and northeast India. The Ngalops migrated from the Tibetan plains and are the importers of Buddhism to the kingdom.
Most of the Lhotsampas migrated to the southern plains in search of agricultural land and work in the early 20th century.
The national language is Dzongkha and international language is English.
Almost eighty percent of the population lives in villages and small hamlets, many located a few hours or even a day from the road head. They live off the land, following agrarian practices established many generation ago.
Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and important cities are Paro, Punakha, Bumthang, Trongsa and Ura.
Although Bhutan cannot be deemed a rich country, the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck introduced a unique philosophy of governance which seeks another kind ofprosperity, a high Gross National Happiness (GNH), rather than following only the conventional GNP.
If you are looking for a spectacular destination within a living culture that goes back centuries, head to this enthralling Land of the Thunder Dragon.