Friday, 13 May 2016

BHUTAN

Officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while farther south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutan's capital and largest city is Thimphu.
Bhutan existed as a patchwork of minor warring fiefs until the early 17th century. At that time the lama and military leader Ngawang Namgyal, the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche, who was fleeing religious persecution in Tibet, unified the area and cultivated a distinct Bhutanese identity. In the early 20th century, Bhutan came into contact with the British Empire and retained strong bilateral relations with India upon its independence. In 2006, based on a global survey, Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world. The precise etymology of "Bhutan" is unknown, although it is likely to derive from the Tibetan endonym "Bod" used for Tibet. Traditionally, it is taken to be a transcription of the Sanskrit Bhoṭa-anta (भोट-अन्त, "end of Tibet"), a reference to Bhutan's position as the southern extremity of the Tibetan plateau and culture.


Beautiful cover from Bhutan came with full UPU barcode label and perfect postmarks. The cover posted on May 08, 2016 and I received on May 13, 2016. The stamps are related to WWF and with Red Panda's picture. Thank You very much the staff of Bhutan Post Corporation.






These beautiful covers sent from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. This is the first country issued innovative stamps like 3Dstamps, recordings on stamps, odd shaped stamps etc. Bhutan issues large number of thematic stamps every year, and philately is one of the main income of the philatelic bureau. The covers posted on April 29, 2016  and I received on May 12, 2016. Thank You Mukul for the beautiful stamps.

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