Bhutan is gradually becoming one of the most popular destination for tourists. CNN has recently included Bhutan in the list of 17 countries to be visited in 2017.
But it’s also one of the most expensive tourist destinations with the government’s requirement of tourists having to pay minimum daily tariff of $250. It’s almost impossible for backpackers to travel Bhutan as bookings must be done through government approved tour operators.
However, on a positive note, if you can visit Bhutan, you’ll be presented with many wonderfully unique things. Therefore, note some of the facts you must know about Bhutan before starting your travel:
#1 A landlocked country with an approx population of 0.7 million
#2 It’s also called Druk-Yul meaning ‘The Land of Thunder Dragon’
#3 Bhutan is the world’s first country to outlaw tobacco products
#4 Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, still doesn’t have traffic lights
#5 Statistics shows 74% of Bhutan is still under forest coverage
#6 Bhutan is a ‘Constitutional Democratic Monarchy’ country
#7 Its state religion is Buddhism though there are minor religions
#8 Takin, animal of goat’s head & cow’s body, is its national animal
#9 In Bhutan, almost 60% of total population has DoB on 1st Jan
#10 30 alphabetic Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan
#11 Bhutan became the member of UNO in the year 1974
#12 Basic Health Care and Education are free for Bhutanese
#13 Marrying with more than one person (Polygamy) isn’t illegal
#14 Bhutan measures its developmental success in Happiness
#15 Homosexuality is punishable as per Bhutan’s Constitution
#16 Bhutan’s main income are from export of electricity & Tourism
#17 Bhutanese believe that phallus painting bring luck and fertility
#18 Tourists have to pay $250/day via any approved tour operator
#19 Bhutanese love chilies so much and Chili isn’t a flavouring spice
#20 Bhutan is a country that declared to remain carbon negative
#21 Bhutanese cannot have citizenships of two or more countries
#22 People from India & Nepal can travel to Bhutan with their IDs
#23 Paro Airport is the only International Airport in Bhutan
#24 Bhutanese use Marijuana herbs to feed their domestic pigs
#25 In Bhutan’s Constitution, King is the head of the state
#26 Bhutan doesn’t permit climbing of mountains above 6000 mtrs
#27 Since Bhutan is a mountainous, there are no railway networks
#28 Bhutan’s currency is Ngultrum, which is equal to Indian Rupee
#29 Bhutan was never captured or colonized by another country
#30 Bhutan is a last country to allow internet & television in 1999
#31 Bhutan has 20 Districts. All districts have one Festival each
#32 One of the world’s biggest statue of Lord Buddha is in Thimphu
#33 Bhutanese believe existence of giant human-like Migoli (Yeti)
#34 Visitors can also play dice in temples to predict future success
#35 Bhutan was first opened for foreign tourists only in 1974
#36 Taktshang Monastery is a popular Bhutan’s tourist destination
#37 Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wanghuck is the present king of Bhutan
#38 killing of endangered animals will be punished and imprisoned
#39 The eldest daughter in family gets rights over parental wealth
#40 There is no culture of serving a desserts after meals in Bhutan
#41 Archery of bamboo bows & arrows is Bhutan’s National Game
#42 Bhutan is the most happiest country in Asia & 84th in world
#43 HM Jigme Singye Wangchuk, Bhutan’s K4 is founder of GNH
#44 World’s highest un-climbed mountain is in northern Bhutan
#45 Bhutan celebrated birth of crown prince planting 108,000 trees
Recommend to read following travel experiences and more exciting stories from Bhutan:
- Bumdeling – winter residence of Black-necked Cranes in Bhutan.
- The largest Guru Statue – Travel map to Lhuentse Takila.
- Travel Punakha to experience River Rafting of Bhutan.
- Eastern Bhutan Travel – My experiences at Yonphula Airport.
- Bumthang Travel – Experiences and stories of a traveller.
- The secrets of Tiger Nest Monastery (Taktshang) Hike.