Bhutan is a small land-locked country in the South Asia. Bhutan is also Known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon. This Country is considered as one of the most beautiful countries in the World. Here are some interesting facts about Bhutan.
1. Etymology of Its Name
The Name Bhutan is derived from a Sanskrit word Bhoṭa-anta, which means End of Tibet.
2. A Landlocked country
Bhutan is situated in the Eastern Himalayas. It is bordered by India in West, South and East and by China in North.
3. A country with multiple Languages
Thimphu is the Capital of Bhutan and everybody speaks Dzongkha Language, which holds also official status in the country. Although, there are almost 24 languages spoken in this tiny country.
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4. A Monarchy or a Democracy?
Bhutan is now a Democratic Country. It has Constitutional Monarchy system of the Government. Prime Minister is the head of the Government and Monarch is the official head of the state. First Democratic Elections were held in Bhutan in 2008. The Monarch of Bhutan is called Druk Gyalpo. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the 5th Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan.
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5. Highest Mountain
Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan, which has an elevation of 7570 meters (24,840 ft).
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6. National Animal
Takin is the National Animal of Bhutan. It is a mammal with thick neck and short muscular legs. This lives in group and found on the north-western and far north eastern parts of the country.
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Archery is the National Game of Bhutan. In Bhutan, it is called Dha. In this Game, there are two teams wearing traditional dress of Bhutan competing with each other. Small wooden targets for archers are placed 140 m apart, as opposed to the Olympics, where 50 m is the standard distance.
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8. Bhutanese Cuisine
Ema datshi is the famous Bhutanese Cuisine recognized as the National dish of Bhutan. It is made from chili peppers and cheese. In Dzonkha language, “ema” means “chili” and “datshi” means “cheese”.
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9. Incredible Folk Dance
10. Famous Tourist Destinations
Bhutan has many tourist destinations like Paro, Phuentsholing, Thimphu etc. Paro is most visited tourist destination in Bhutan. The beauty of this place is beggars description.
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11. The Puzzle of Three
Paro Taktsang is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. This temple complex was made in 1692 where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.
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12. Free Education and Healthcare in Bhutan
Healthcare and Education are free in Bhutan for both residents and visitors despite its poverty. Overall literacy rate in Bhutan is 59.5% and Average life expectancy in Bhutan is 67.89 years.
13. Religious Belief
Buddhism is official Religion of the country followed by Hinduism. About three quarter population follows the Vajrayana Buddhism and rest of the population follows Hinduism.
14. Gorgeous Costume
The national dress for Bhutanese men is the gho, a knee-length robe tied at the waist by a cloth belt known as the kera. Women wear an ankle-length dress, the kira.
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15. No Smoking Country
Bhutan is first country to outlaw the tobacco (effective in 2004).