Bhutan is a tiny country stuck in the midst of the Himalayas. Having been cut off from the rest of the world for all its history except for the last 60 years, Bhutan preserves a civilization that is unlike any in the world. Its culture, traditions and customs are distinctly ancient and largely drawn from Buddhist ethos and values. The population of its 700,000 people is also hugely impacted by nature, through a harmonious blend of living that is mutually respectful and beneficial. Ruled by benign kings, Bhutan follows a development paradigm that is hinged on happiness as the end goal of all human pursuits. The people are friendly and peace-loving but staunchly protective of their identity.