The little known Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, with the total population of 743,000, placed in the heart of the Himalayan mountain range is a country known for its scenic beauty and traditional culture dating back to centuries. The rich cultural heritage of Bhutan has remained remarkably unblemished. It is to a great degree not remnants of the past but a living culture, where age-old traditions are vibrant and still continue to have clear significance in everyday life of the Bhutanese people. The serene countryside is brought alive by colorful Tshechus (Festivals) celebrated with folk dance and music. Religious fervors are all pervading force. It determines the lifestyles of the people and moulds their thoughts.Traditional Arts, crafts and splendidly bold architect adorns the Bhutanese landscape. Cultural heritage is considered the foundation upon which the identity of the Bhutanese people as a sovereign independent nation is built. Despite the world wide tendency towards the culture homogenization and globalization, Bhutan is today in a strong position to survive as an integral culture.
Tourism in Bhutan opened its door to outside visitors only in 1974. Since then Bhutan has become one of the most exclusive tourist destinations in the world.