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Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked South Asian country situated in the Himalayas between China and India. It is one of the most isolated nations in the world; foreign influences and tourism are regulated by the government to preserve its traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture.

The entire country is mountainous except for a small strip of subtropical plains in the extreme south which is intersected by valleys known as the Duars. Because of the serenity and the unspoilt nature of the country and its landscapes, Bhutan today is sometimes referred to as the Last Shangri-La. Besides the stunning natural scenery, visitors enduring image of the country is the architecture. All buildings, whether large monasteries, individual houses or even petrol stations, must conform to traditional design.

The name 'Bhutan' may be derived from the Sanskrit word 'Bhots-ant', which means 'end of Tibet' or 'south of Tibet' or from 'Bhu-Utthan' which means 'High Land'. The Dzongkha (the Bhutanese language) name for the country is 'Druk Yul' (Land of the Thunder Dragon).

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