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Bhutan འབྲུག་ཡུལ

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a country nestled in the Eastern Himalayas. In Dzongkha, the national language of the Kingdom, the country is known as Druk Yul “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, and its people are known as ‘Drukpas’. The term comes from its state religion, which is the Drukpa Kagyud. Bhutan, the last independent Himalayan Buddhist kingdom very fondly maintains its tradition. It has one foot in the past and one in the future.

National Symbols

National Flag

National Dress

National Animal

National Tree

National flower

National Games

National emblem


  • Bhutan is the only carbon negative country in the world, which means that it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces. In recent years, firewood collection and industrial development have been a pressing issue for Bhutan as they have resulted in pollution and emission of about 2.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. But, thanks to its lush forests which act as a carbon sink and absorb most of the carbon dioxide, it is carbon negative.

  • Bhutan was isolated entirely from the world until 1974 when media was allowed to cover the new king’s coronation, about 64 years since it was founded. Television sets came to Bhutan no sooner than 1990. Now isn't this an interesting fact about Bhutan?

  • Roads are a rather dangerous adventure in Bhutan with steep curves in the mountainous regions. Herds of animals like cows and buffaloes can be found freely roaming on these roads. Even people stop to greet each other in the middle of the way. However, the Bhutanese drive very slowly and cautiously, so traffic lights are not required.

  • Yes, you read that right. Bhutan does not believe in GDP as an indicator of economic growth and development. It has introduced another measurement known as Gross National Happiness. Bhutanese people have four pillars or quantitative indicators for the measure of GNH, which are sustainable development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, good governance and a healthy environment. That was surely a happy fact about Bhutan!

  • Now here's a fact about Bhutan that many might be aware of. Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan and has never been conquered. It has an elevation of 7570 metres. Bhutan prohibits access to the mountain since 1987. Before that, many unsuccessful attempts were made to climb the mountain. The first team which tried to attempt the summit could not even find it because the maps were so inaccurate!

Anyone found guilty of killing a highly endangered and culturally sacred black-necked crane could be sentenced to life in prison.