A small country tucked away near the Himalayas, a country with a strong sense of culture- that is Bhutan for you. Besides the abundant picturesque beauty that one can find here, it is a country with very strong Buddhist influence. And that is something that clearly distinguishes it from its big neighboring countries.
It is an exotic place with the most beautiful untouched and unspoiled locales. Despite modernization, something that clearly stands out is the deep rooted culture and beliefs. People here value their traditions and customs.
Bhutan’s topography is varied and dramatic. As a tourist place, it has many places to be explored. It stands out as a great destination for trekkers. It is a place of numerous monasteries and archaeological troves waiting to be explored.
Some fascinating facts about Bhutan:
- Did you know that till 1999, Bhutanese people did not have access to television and the internet?
- It has some of the most progressive environmental policies in the world. It has net zero carbon emissions. The small amount of pollution that it creates is absorbed by the vast abundant forests present in the country.
- Half the population is involved in agriculture, forestry or environmental conservation.
- The country gets most of its energy from hydroelectric power.
- Within Bhutan, there are no trains! The country has no railway system!
- It has been able to maintain it’s rich and unique cultural heritage because of its isolation from the rest of the world, till about the mid-20th
- Bhutan measures its prosperity not by GDP, but by GNH – Gross National Happiness. It is the happiest country in the world! To the people of Bhutan GNH simply means development with values.
- Bhutan is the first country in the world to ban smoking.
- Chilies here form the main dish rather than the seasoning!
- The national sport is archery.
- Citizens of India, Bangladesh, and Maldives, need not obtain a visa to visit the country. All other citizens are required to obtain a visa.
- There are many astonishing places to visit in Bhutan. Some of the places include Tiger’s Lair, also known as Paro Taktsang in Dzongkha,Jigme Dorji National Park,Thimphu- the capital city which has many Buddhist sites, Trashiyangtse town which houses a school of traditional arts etc.
Bhutan is as unique as it gets. One can find a unique blending of the ancient values and modern ideologies, which makes it a fascinating place to visit.