24 Interesting Facts about Bhutan

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Interesting Facts about Bhutan

Bhutan is a mysterious country that is all about peace, the environment, and happiness. Sounds pretty awesome right? There are so many intriguing and interesting facts about Bhutan, that I just had to share them here! This tiny, out-of-the-way country is definitely on my bucketlist! Well here are..

24 Interesting Facts about Bhutan

 

1. Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world.

2. The capital city is Thimpu, and Dzongka is the official language. There are actually 24 languages spoken in this tiny country though.

3. Bhutan is a democracy and constitutional monarchy. The Bhutanese monarchy was founded in 1907. It held its first democratic elections in 2008.

4. The highest point in Bhutan is Kula Kangri at 7,553 m. The lowest point is Drangme Chhu at 97m.

5. Bhutan is the only country in the world that absorbs more CO2 than it gives out. It is also the only country whose largest export is renewable energy, which is hydroelectric power.

6. It is known as “Land of the Thunder Dragon” because of the violent storms.

7. India took over control of Bhutan from the United Kingdom in 1947. It was recognized by the United Nations as a country in 1971.

8. Deemed to impersonal, the capital city of Thimphu is the only city in the world without traffic lights. Instead they use men in white gloves.

9. Healthcare and education is free in Bhutan for both residents and visitors, despite it’s poverty.

10. Average life expectancy in Bhutan is only 66.

11. Archery and darts are the national sports of Bhutan.

12. Television and internet was banned in Bhutan until 1999. The internet was a gift to his subjects from King Jigme Singye to celebrate his Silver Jubilee in 2000.

13. Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by law here, but polygamy is allowed.

14. Buddhism is the official religion with Hinduism the second popular faith.

15. The tiny country is 70% covered in forest and is one of the leading countries in environmental conservation.

16. The first foreign tourists were allowed into Bhutan in 1974.

17. 54.3% of adults and 76.2% of youth in Bhutan are literate.

18. Plastic bags have been banned in Bhutan since 1999, and instead cotton bags are used to help conserve the country.

19. Bhutan is the only country to outlaw tobacco (effective 2004).

20. The “takin,” a goat-antelope, is Bhutan’s national animal; a unique and strange animal looking like a mix of a cow and goat.

21. All citizens officially become one year older on New Year’s Day. This way, no one forgets anyone’s birthday!

22. More important than the Gross National Product, Bhutan measures the Gross National Happiness as an official development policy. It’s based off of the “four pillars” – sustainable development, environmental protection, cultural preservation and good governance.

25. All tourists have to travel with a tour operator and pay a minimum fee of $250 per day to visit Bhutan, making it both expensive and a giant pain for backpackers to visit.

24. The tiny country is 70% covered in forest and is one of the leading countries in environmental conservation.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome post, Justin.

    Bhutan is a wonderful little country more people need to discover. Fun fact: the country was a monarchy until a few years ago when the king basically said that the people deserve democracy and opted to step down. His son has taken over now and works tirelessly to promote democracy.

    Funny thing, the king was so beloved that most people were reluctant to vote for a democratically elected government!

  2. One of the happiest countries of the world! The place which has preserved its environment and possess pristine beauty of nature.

    I am concerned about the point the every tourist has to pay $250 per day. Will it not act as an entry barrier for most of the tourist and also act against the development of tourism in this Himalayan Kingdom? Is it really true?

  3. I checked the details on fact no 23 and found that tourists of all nationality except India and Nepal have to pay $250 per day.

    • Yes, apparently the Department of Tourism allows a 10% discount on days 11 to 20 and 20% from day 21 on and the tariff includes all of your accommodation, food, land transport within Bhutan, services of guides and porters, supply of pack animals on treks, and cultural programs (so advises lonelyplanet). And the money goes towards health & education infrastructure.

  4. I would love to go to Bhutan, I really would! Visiting a country like that would be wonderful. However, I am a backpacker and I write about backpacking and how people can travel independently on a budget, so until #25 is lifted, well…

  5. 7. India took over control of Bhutan from the United Kingdom in 1947. It was recognized by the United Nations as a country in 1971.

    The above point is extremely invalid and unreliable. Since the unification of the country in the 17th century, Bhutan has never been conquered or colonized by any of the giant countries. And India never claimed that Bhutan was one of her principalities, although the Chinese empire falsely claimed that Bhutan is under her suzerainty.

    Under the visionary and enlightened monarchs, Bhutan continues to enjoy unprecedented peace and prosperity hitherto and the peace and happiness will continue to bless the peaceful nation in the future.

    With profound affirmation, I suggest the author(s) to reflect and publish evidence- based information in the future, otherwise misinterpretation and misinformation may lead to false knowledge about the country.

  6. I would love to go to Bhutan, sounds really interesting. Eventually when my site gets off the ground maybe I will make it there. Thanks for the post. Nice website.

  7. Hi,

    All foreigners except Bangladeshi, Indian and Maldivian citizens must obtain visa prior to entering Bhutan and they are required to pay USD 250 per person per day during high season and USD 200 per person per day during low season. High season is during the months of March, April, May, September, October, November and the remaining months are low season.

    The rates above include the government royalty tax of USD 65 per day and includes accommodation, all meals, transport, guides, museum fees, other taxes etc.

    Please get in touch with me if you would like us to organize you visit to Bhutan or have any other queries.

    Cheers,

    Jigme

  8. I would love to visit this place, as a Buddhist I’ve always wanted to visit India and surround countries. I dont think Id be able to though because it says Homosexuality is Illegal. sad.

  9. Hi,

    #7 is quite misleading as it claims that Bhutan was under British India prior to 1947. The fact is Bhutan has always been INDEPENDENT. Hence, we celebrate ‘National Day’.

    Other than that, great article!

  10. Although homosexuality is illegal in Bhutan, no person has been punished for it. This does not mean there are no LGBTs in Bhutan. There are many. People have also come out via media (most notably in the BBS; which is the country’s only news channel). LGBT based groups are also present. Moreover, i have seen many LGBT people date openly. Although, i don’t think the law has recognised those people, or hasn’t felt the need to impose penalties on them, i strongly feel the Article governing it should be repealed.

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