The first democratic elections in Bhutan began in 2007, and all levels of government had been democratically elected by 2011.
Ugyen Wangchuck was the first Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan) from 1907–1926. In his lifetime he made great efforts to unite the country and gain the trust of the people.
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.
Earliest records about the area which the Monpas inhabit today indicate the existence of a kingdom known as Lhomon or Monyul which existed from 500 B.C to 600 A.D.
Neolithic tools found in Bhutan indicate that people have been living in the Himalayan region for at least 11,000 years.