About Bhutan

About the Country

Welcome to Bhutan – the Land of the Thunder Dragon – one of the most sought after travel destinations of today and land of Gross National Happiness.
The land of the thunder dragon kingdom is a trekker’s paradise and an environmentalist’s dream. With 70.5 percent of the country under forest cover, Bhutan’s pristine ecology is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. This spiritual land is the last bastion of the Vajrayana school of Mahayana Buddhism which provides the essence of a unique identity for the 750,000 people. Bhutan is a unique blend of the old and new. Here is a country that is slowly opening up to the modern world in a fine balance with its ancient traditions. Those fortunate enough to visit Bhutan describe it as a unique, deeply spiritual and mystical experience. This kingdom is an adventure like no other.

Facts and Figures

  • Land area: 38,394 square kilometres
  • Forest area: 70.5 %
  • Altitude: between 240metres and 7541metres above sea level
  • Inhabitants: 634,982
  • Language: official language “Dzongkha”, English widely spoken
  • Religion: Vajrayana stream of Mahayana Buddhism (Also known as Tantric Buddhism)
  • Currency: Ngultrum (equal to Indian Rupee)
  • Capital: Thimphu
  • National Sport: Archery
  • National Bird: Raven (Corvus Corax Tibetanus)
  • National Animal: Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)
  • National Tree: Cypress (Cupressus torolusa)
  • National Flower: Blue Poppy (Meconopsis Grandis)
  • Local time: GMT + 6

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