History of Bhutan, along with Nepal is the only country that has been independent throughout its history, never conquered, occupied or seized by a foreign influence. Some scholars believe that the first inhabitants of Bhutan were fierce mountain aborigines, the Monpas, who practiced the shamanistic Bon religion. Most documents point the beginning of Bhutan towards the 9th century, when many Tibetan monks fleed to the country because of turmoil back home. Because the countrys early history is steeped in Buddhist folklore and mythology, it is difficult to place events in an accurate chronological order. The countrys political and religious histories are intertwined and almost impossible to separate.
However, Bhutans medieval history is better documented. Ngawang Namgyal, a Lama from western Tibet ruled the country in the 16th century after defeating three Tibetan invasions. Following his death, infighting and civil war erupted and eroded the country for the next 200 years. Bhutans recent history begins with a hereditary monarchy. Ugyen Wanchuk was elected the head of state in 1907. After his death, his son Jigme Wangchuk became the ruler who was succeeded in 1952 by his son Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, in whose reign Bhutan began to emerge from isolation. Among his reforms was the establishment of the National Assembly in 1953. His son, Jigme Singye Wangchuk ruled from 1972 and abdicated his powers as King to his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk in 2006. Tour to Bhutan organizes by Global Adv. Completely let you experience by our professional tour guide in details.
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