Kuzhuzangpo la (Greeting in Bhutanese). General Intel for your travel to Bhutan, some facts about Bhutan that will enrich your experience of Bhutan.
Popularly known for being the happiest land on the earth, Bhutan, referred to “Shangri-La” (Paradise). A survey revealed that the reason for Bhutan being the happiest country in Asia is attributed to the fact that the Bhutanese people are contented at heart and at peace with nature. Bhutan's beautiful mountain scenery, isolated culture and a strong sense of national identity are reasons for the contentment of the people. Bhutan is also recognized worldwide as the land of GNH (Gross National Happiness). The fourth King's greatest legacy was his concept of the 'Gross National Happiness' to measure the nation's well-being as an alternative to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). The philosophy of GNH became the national development model for Bhutan since the reign of the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuk of Bhutan, he first coined the term in the nineties.
Are you planning to travel Bhutan? Here are some more facts about Bhutan that you would definitely not like to miss.
Bhutan receives international visitors year round. Seeking to become a high- value destination, it imposes a daily fee of US$250 on tourists that covers touring and hotel accommodations. The industry employs 21,000 people and accounts for 1.8% of GDP. Bhutan is recognized worldwide as an escape to heaven. There is a list of royalties who have visited Bhutan over the years. The recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Kate Middleton has put Bhutan in a list of the top holiday destination in the world. Bhutan is also most traveled holiday destination in the Hollywood industry with the visits of top actors such as Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Drew Berrymore and many others in the list.
Bhutan is located on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas, landlocked between two powers of the world, China in the north and India in the west and south. Right next to Nepal, Bhutan situated at the latitude of 26°N and 29°N, and longitude 88°E and 93°E. Elevation rises from 200 meters in the southern foothills to 7,300 meters in the north. Its total area was reported as approximately 38,394 sq. km. Bhutan has an outstanding array of biodiversity and ecologies accredited to great topographical ranges combined with the likewise type of weather conditions. Bhutan's formal religion is Vajrayana Buddhism. The population, as of 2017 estimated as 800,000 thousand people. 70 % of the total population follows Buddhism whereas the rest of the population follows Hinduism.
Bhutan has a rich biodiversity, with rare species such as the golden langur. A variant Assamese macaque has also been recorded, which is regarded by some authorities as a new species, Macaca munzala.
The clouded leopard, hispid hare, Bengal tiger and the sloth bear live in the lush tropical lowland and hardwood forests in the south. In the Temperate zone, Grey Langur, Tiger, Goral, and Serow are found in mixed conifer, Broadleaf and Pine forests. The alpine habitats of the great Himalayan range in the north are home to the Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Marmot, Tibetan Wolf, Antelope, Himalayan Musk deer and Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. The endangered wild Bater Buffalo is spotted in southern Bhutan, although in small numbers. Over 770 different kinds of bird live in Bhutan. The globally endangered white-winged duck has been added recently to Bhutan's bird list, besides the famous black-necked crane.
More than 5,400 species of plants are found in Bhutan. Fungi is a key part of ecosystems in Bhutan, with mycorrhizal species providing forest trees with mineral nutrients necessary for growth, and with wood decay and litter decomposing species playing an important role in natural recycling.
More than 770 species of bird have been recorded in Bhutan. The globally endangered white-winged duck, has been added recently to Bhutan's bird list, besides the famous black –necked crane.
The eastern Himalayas had been recognized as an international biodiversity hotspot. It is counted among the 234 amazing ecoregions of the earth, during a complete analysis of worldwide biodiversity undertaken with the aid of WWF in the year between 1995 and 1997.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Bhutan is viewed as a model for proactive conservation initiatives. Bhutan has received international acclaim for its commitment to the maintenance of its biodiversity. The Royal Government of Bhutan is committed to maintain at least 60% of the total land area under forest cover and to designate more than 40% of its territory as protected areas. Most recently Bhutan government has identified a further 9 % of land area as biodiversity corridors linking the protected areas. These biological corridors will help the animals to travel freely in the country avoiding human-wildlife conflict.
Bhutan's constitution is called democratic constitutional monarchy having a parliamentary government. The current druk gyalpo leading Bhutan since 2008 is HRH King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Bhutan made the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and held its first general elections. The Prime Minister is Dasho Tshering Tobgay leading the PDP (People Democratic Party).
The governmental system endows complete suffrage. It has national councils and 25 members elected from the greater house. Bhutan's National Assembly consist of 47 lawmakers elected from political groups. Bhutan's National Assembly has forty-seven lawmakers elected from political groups. Bhutan keeps diplomatic relations with 52 countries excluding Europen Union, it has an embassy in India, Bangladesh, Kuwait, and Thailand. Regionally Bhutan is a member of SAARC, BBIN, SAFTA, and BIMSTEC. It is also a member of 150 international organizations such as the UNO, WB, IMF and Group of 77.
Bhutan had the second-fastest-growing economy in the world, with an annual economic growth rate of 22.4 percent. This was mainly due to the commissioning of the gigantic Tala Hydroelectric Power Station. Bhutan's per capita income is US$2,420. The country currently has no UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it has eight declared tentative sites for UNESCO. Bhutan also has numerous tourist sites that are not included in its UNESCO tentative list. Bhutan has one element, the Mask dance of the drums from Drametse, registered in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. These sites are not to be missed when you travel to Bhutan.
Bhutan has diplomatic relations with 52 countries and the European Union and has missions in India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Kuwait. Regionally Bhutan is a member of SAARC, SAFTA, BBIN, and BIMSTEC and also a member of 150 international organizations such as the UNO, WB, IMF and Group of 77. Bhutan hosted SAARC's sixteenth summit in April 2010.
In 2007, Bhutan had the second-fastest-growing economy in the world, with an annual economic growth rate of 22.4 percent. This was mainly due to the commissioning of the gigantic Tala Hydroelectric Power Station. As of 2012, Bhutan's per capita income was US$2,420. The country currently has no UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it has eight declared tentative sites for UNESCO inclusion since 2012. Bhutan also has numerous tourist sites that are not included in its UNESCO tentative list. Bhutan has one element, the Mask dance of the drums from Drametse, registered in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. These sites are not to be missed when you travel to Bhutan.
Bhutan is also known to the outside world as the “Land of the thunder Dragon” or the “last Shangri-La”. Bhutan was under isolation until...Read More
The estimated population of the country is 7,50,000 with the growth rate of 3.1% per year. Bhutanese economy is agrarian and almost 65%...Read More
Culture is strongly integrated into the lives of Bhutanese people and are directly associated with religion. Culture in Bhutan is displayed ...Read More
The type of forest found in Bhutan are Upland Hardwood Forest ,Lowland Hardwood Forest, and Tropical Lowland which are a collection...Read More
Bhutanese art is religiously inspired and is mainly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist art Bhutanese have practised it for centuries and developed...Read More
The state religion of Bhutan is Buddhism. Approximately 75% of the total populations in Bhutan are followers of Buddhism. Bhutan is...Read More
Bhutanese cuisine is mostly made out of meat items and more importantly chillies. Chillies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered...Read More
Bhutan's climate is as varied as its altitude and, like most of Asia it is affected by monsoons. Western Bhutan is particularly affected by monsoons...Read More
Until the beginning of 20th century, Bhutan was ruled by the dual system of administration known as "chhosi" system. The chhosi system...Read More
Bhutan small population of just 774794 and the economy of the country is also very small. However, the per capita income stands at 2611 USD...Read More
Bhutan is popular today, for being the happiest country in the planet. The concept of Gross happiness is much talked about in the country...Read More
Bhutan is a landlocked country situated in the Himalayas. Bhutan shares its borders with The Republic of India in the east, west and south...Read More