The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan, at the eastern end of the Himalayas, nestles between the giant nation-states of China and India. Often called the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” it remained secluded until recent times, its towering mountains and lush green valleys virtually unvisited by the outside world, evoking a sense of mystery and wonder. A sovereign country throughout the ages, Bhutan is now establishing its place on the world stage. It is determined to maintain its Buddhist culture and unique way of life as it evolves and adapts to political change and economic challenges.
Culture Smart! Bhutan will give you a deeper insight into the country’s history, values, customs, and age-old traditions. It highlights changes in people’s attitudes and behavior as the country modernizes, and provides practical guidance on how to get to know the Bhutanese on their own terms, paving the way for a more meaningful experience of this fascinating and beautiful country.
The Bhutanese are generally very friendly, easy-going, and hospitable. But don’t be surprised if, on your first meeting, you are inundated with questions such as “How old are you,” “Are you married and do you have children?” or “How much do you earn?” You may find these a bit personal and intrusive, but this is just their way of making conversation and getting to know you better, so don’t take offense.