Tibet’s Bhutan is called Druk Yul, “the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” by the people living in Bhutan.
Tibet, a vast area of plains, mountains and gorges, is being explored fully by naturalists. Tropical heat and Arctic cold are telescoped into a span of little more than 40 miles in Bhutan. The entire region boasts a richness and variety of plants and wildlife that are perhaps unequaled in the world. Botanists have estimated that at least 6,500 species of flowering plants grow in Nepal alone.
The flag of Bhutan is based upon the tradition of the Drukpa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and features Druk, the Thunder Dragon.
A new order of fossils from the Miocene of Nepal includes a hominoid was discovered in Nepal in the early 1970s. In 2014, the Pallas’ cat was photographed in Nepal.
The species Amphilagus tomidai was recently discovered — an ancestor of the rabbit which lived in present-day Siberia during the Miocene, about 14 million years ago. The discovery of this mammal, belonging to a family which was thought to only exist in Europe, reveals that the two continents were connected ‑free of natural barriers‑ due to the disappearance of the ancient Paratethys Sea.
In Search of the Thunder Dragon brings to life the beauty and traditions of Bhutan in the ancient story of the Thunder Dragons that play hide-and-seek in the clouds during big winter storms.
Amber and her cousin Tashi long to see the Thunder Dragons, and they set off on a journey of discovery that takes them from an elaborate monastery to the top of the mountains, a place called the Tiger’s Nest, and on to the back of a tiger with eagle’s wings.
In this adventure, the children pursue their dream and find what they sought, unraveling the mysteries of Buddha along the way.