Bhutan is a small and remote kingdom settle in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbors, India and China.
Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let-in some outlook of the outside world while desperately guarding its ancient traditions.
The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon" and it began to open up to visitors in the 1970s.
The Wangchuck inherited monarchy has wielded power since 1907. But Bhutan became a two-party parliamentary democracy after elections held in March 2008.