Bhutan at a Glance

The land of the thunder dragon kingdom is a trekker’s paradise and an environmentalist’s dream. With 72.5 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 700,000 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: 72.5 %

Protected land Area: 49.5 %

Altitude: between 240metres and 7541metres above sea level

Inhabitants: 700,000

Language: Official language “Dzongkha”, English widely spoken

Religion: Vajrayana stream of Mahayana Buddhism - 79 % (Also known as Tantric Buddhism)
Hinduism - 19 %
Currency: Ngultrum (equal to Indian Rupee)

Capital: Thimphu

National Tree: Cypress (cupressus torulosa)

National Bird: Raven (corvus coras)

National Animal: Takin (budorcas taxicolor)

National Flower: Blue Poppy (meconopsis grandis)

National Sport: Archery

Local time: Six hours ahead of GMT and half an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time

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