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His Eminence Sogyal Rinpoche, Buddhist spiritual master, philosopher and writer; Spiritual Director, Rigpa, London

"Nothing could be more striking than the pristine, haunting beauty of the landscape of Bhutan, or the atmosphere of peace and sacredness, which pervades the land from end to end. Bhutan is a place blessed with an almost magical power to transform the mind, whenever I am there I feel as if transported into a pure realm. For the Kingdom of Bhutan is truly unique: it is the only independent MahaYANA Buddhist country in the world. It has a great Buddhist heritage, stretching back uninterrupted over 1,300 years, and a legacy of more than 2, 000 temples, monasteries, dzongs and sacred sites. Many of the greatest Buddhist saints, like Guru Padmasambhava and the omniscient Gyalwa Longchenpa, have blessed this land, and holy places such as Paro Kyichu Lhakhang, Bumthang Jambay Lhakhang still retain their original form, dating back to the 7th century."

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The Royal Crest

The Earl of Ronaldshay, describing his arrival in 1921.

"With our passage through the bridge, behold a curious transformation. For just as Alice, when she walked through the looking-glass, found herself in a new & whimsical world, so we, when we crossed the Pa-Chhu, found ourselves, as though caught up in some magic time machine fitted fantastically with a reverse, flung back across the centuries into the feudalism of a medieval age."

Kartie Hickman, Author - Dreams of the PEACEFUL DRAGON, A Journey into Bhutan

"The world has few secrets left, but Bhutan is one of them. This is why I went there. Isolated from the outside for three centuries, this forbidden Kingdom in the Himalayas provides the setting for a bewitching adventure amongst widely varying peoples and terrain".

Francoise Pommaret

"The Bhutanese have no desire for cultural assimilation. They are different and intend to remain so."

Harry Marshall, Producer of the video tape "The Livin Edens: Bhutan."

"If there is any country on Earth that qualifies as Eden - not just in part, but in it's entirety - I believe it is Bhutan."

Barbara Crossette

"There is no colonial history or architecture to get in the way of what is Bhutanese."
"They measure their journey in Dzongs."
"One way or other, change is coming. This is not Brigadoon."

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