The Kingdom of Bhutan or Druk-yul is the mythical land of the thunder dragon. It lies along the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayas with an area of 38,394 square kms. It is situated on the southeast slope of the Himalayas, bordered on the north and east by China (Tibet) and on the south, west and east by India.
Being a Buddhist country, it’s every aspect, from culture, arts, crafts, traditions and the society itself is greatly influenced by our Buddhist religion. Bhutan opened for tourism only in 1974 and it remains one of world’s most exclusive tourist destinations. Travellers who journey to this magical kingdom will find themselves in a land of pure and exotic mysticism. It is truly a trekker’s paradise and an environmentalist’s dream. With more than 70 percent of the country under forest cover, Bhutan’s pristine ecology is home to many rare and endangered flora, fauna and avi-fauna.
With the concept and guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), Bhutan always tried to balance modernization with its ancient cultures and traditions. GNH is deemed to be more important than Gross Domestic Product as a measure of development.
Bhutan is one of the least-visited non-hostile nations on earth, because it has been very careful about tourism development: to avoid sprawl and over-development. Guided by the policy of high value and low impact, Bhutan requires visitors to have fully planned itineraries before arrival with minimum required daily spending for easy exploration. Accessible only from Thailand, India, and Nepal, ‘The Land of The Thunder Dragon’ is one of the most unique individual places on earth, physically and culturally. The national Geographic Adventure Magazine listed Bhutan as one of the top adventure destinations in 2010, so did the Wanderlust Magazine, which has repeatedly rated and proclaimed as a ‘Top Country’. Bhutan scored highest at the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2009 in two categories: To Country/Destination and Top worldwide airport. The Paro International Airport was listed as number 2 on the list of 10 Top Airports worldwide. Bhutan also received the award of “Most Refreshing Tour” in the 25th ITE (International Travel Expo), Hongkong in June 2011. Similarly, Bhutan was awarded the “New Promising Destination Award” by Fairfest Media in 2012. Over the years Bhutan has won numerous other awards as well. In the immediate past, after its first hosting in 2012 in Paro, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) hosted the International Tourism Mart from February 4, 2015, to February 6, 2015, in Thimphu for the second time substantiates the country’s growing reputation as one of the world’s sought-after travel destinations.
Bhutan Axom Tours and Travel is a government licensed tour agency based in Punakha, Bhutan. We are a young company who is passionate about serving and meeting new people from different countries including our friendly neighbor India. We promise to showcase and design itineraries to suit your interests and preferences whether you travel alone, with friends, for business, or with family. We always strive for quality services. We have a well experienced set of guides who will provide you not only local knowledge but will also render international quality service.