A Natural Paradise
Bhutan has been described as a natural paradise and has been declared as part of one of the ten global biodiversity 'hotspots'.
Even as the world mourns the loss of its ecology, this small Himalayan Kingdom is emerging as an example to the international community, with more than 72 percent of its land still under forest and a great variety of rare plant and wildlife species.
Wedged between China and India, Bhutan's terrain ranges from the sub-tropical foothills in the south, through the temperate zones, to dizzying heights of over 7,300 meters (24,000 feet). In Historical records Bhutan was known as Lhojong Menjong 'the Southern Valley of Medicinal Herbs' Besides these rare herbs, the Bhutanese seasons are reflected in full color by wind flowers and plants which carpet the mountainsides.
Among them, Rhododendron of numerous shades and the Blue Poppy, the National flower, are visual delight across the country. The dense forests, also ranging from the sub-tropical to the temperate, are home to numerous rate and endangered species of wildlife like the Blue Sheep, the elusive Snow Leopard, the Himalayan Black Bear, the Golden Langur, the Takin.
Several northern valleys are home to the Black Necked Crane in winter. With the beauty of the majestic snow-capped peaks and fertile valleys, the clean crisp air, unpolluted habitats, and large tracts of virgin forests, Bhutan is, indeed, a unique world.