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Bhutan the Country: Drukyul the Land of the Thunder Dragon is a country nestled in the Eastern Himalayas. The high Himalayas to the north separate the Kingdom from the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, while the rugged eastern region borders the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Sikkim.

A conscious policy of isolation complemented by formidable geographical barriers has enable the Kingdom to maintain its independence throughout its history. Ancient stone implements and other archaeological findings indicate that there were settlements in Bhutan dating back to 2000 B.C. The chronicled history of the kingdom, however begins with the advent of Buddhism in the eighth century.

Language: Bhutan's official language is Dzongkha. English is the medium of instruction in secular schools. While Choekey, classical Dzongkha, is used in traditional and monastic schools.

Recreation: The traditional Bhutanese sports and games are Degor, (discus) Pungdo (shotput), Khuru (Dart), Keshi (Wrestling). Modern sports such as Soccer, Basketball and Lawn Tennis are also popular among the younger group.

However, it is Archery, the national sport which remains the favourite for both the young and the older folks alike. Traditional archery contests are organised on most holidays and special occasions like the Losar ( New year ) throughout the country. These tournaments almost always take on mythic attributes as the teams consult local astrologers to assist in the selection process and to help cast spells on the opposition. Bhutan sent its first team to the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

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