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30 Interesting Facts about Bhutan

Bhutan is a mountainous kingdom which is also known as the Land of Thunder. Bhutan was really a hidden kingdom shrouded in the mystery few years back but it has now been the popular tourist destination referring it as the Shangri-la.

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Bhutan is a mountainous kingdom which is also known as the Land of Thunder. Bhutan was really a hidden kingdom shrouded in the mystery few years back but it has now been the popular tourist destination referring it as the Shangri-la. Bhutan is situated between Tibetan regions of China at north and India in the south. The significant features of Bhutan vary from climatic conditions ranging from the sub-tropical to the cold reaches of the almost 25,000 ft of the Tibetan border.

Here we have brought you some 30 interesting facts about the Bhutan.

30 Interesting Facts of Bhutan 

  1. Bhutan is a small landlocked country between China and India.
  2. Nepal and Bangladesh are located in proximity to Bhutan but do not share a land border. 
  3. The word “Bhutan” translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” It earned the nickname because of the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.
  4. It is a sovereign nation, with a total land area of 38,394 km² and a total population of 735553 (2017). 
  5. The Royal Bhutan Army is Bhutan's military service and is the weakest armed forces, according to the Global Firepower survey.
  6. Vajrayana Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan.
  7. Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan used mainly in the country's western region.
  8. Nepali is widely spoken in Bhutan.
  9. One-third population of Bhutan follows Hinduism.
  10. Basic healthcare in Bhutan is free, as provided by the Constitution of Bhutan
  11. Bhutan has been referred to as The Last Shangri-La.
  12. Bhutan is the first nation in the world to ban tobacco. It has been illegal to smoke in public or sell tobacco.
  13. Bhutan's national and most popular sport is archery.
  14. The country has a population of over 754,000 and a territory of 38,394 square kilometers (14,824 sq mi) which ranks 133rd in terms of land area, and 160th in population.
  15. Bhutan is popular among naturalist as the country. The country is renowned as a carbon negative country.
  16. Bhutan adopts the policy of "High Value, Low Impact Tourism".
  17. The government has placed a minimum fee of around $200 USD per day per person in low season and $250 USD per day per person during high season for visitors to enjoy in Bhutan.
  18. One-third of Bhutan’s population is under the age of 14; its median age is 22.3 years.
  19. Thimpu is one of just two capital cities in Asia that does not have a single traffic light. (The other is Pyongyang, North Korea.)
  20. Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
  21. Anyone found guilty of killing a highly endangered and culturally sacred black-necked crane could be sentenced to life in prison.
  22. Gangkhar Puensum , alternatively, Gangkar Punsum or Gankar Punzum) is the highest mountain in Bhutan and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, with an elevation of 7,570 meters.
  23. Education is free of cost in Bhutan.
  24. Bhutan has dress code for its citizens; they have to wear the gho (a knee-length robe for men) and the kira (an ankle-length dress for women)
  25. Bhutan is the first country in the world with specific constitutional obligations on its people to protect the environment.
  26. Bhutan has enforced a plastic ban rule from 1 April 2019, where plastic bags were replaced by alternative bags made of jute and other biodegradable material.
  27. It is one of the few countries without traffic lights.
  28. Bhutan has continually been ranked as the happiest country in all of Asia, and the eighth Happiest Country in the world as per Gross National Happiness index claimed by Bhutan.