Fascinating facts about Bhutan:
- The landlocked Himalayan country has only one international airport – Paro. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous airports in the World. Why – check this: YouTube clip
- The country is isolated from the rest of the world to preserve its native culture. Only a small group of tourists is allowed to visit each year. There is a daily tariff to visit the country, currently it is $250 per day. This however, includes accommodation, all food, all taxes, entrances, a guide and private transport. You can find out how to get there at traveltobhutan.co.uk
- Bhutan is considered to be the most sustainable and eco-friendly country in the world.
- It is the only carbon-sink country in the World (it absorbs more CO2 than produces.
- It is in its constitution that the country has to keep 60% of forest. Currently forest takes up to 70% of the land. It is a legal requirement that for every tree removed another will be replanted.
- Most of the country is powered by hydro-energy which is Bhutan’s main export. The government provides solar panels to all households.
- Plastic bags are completely banned. So is tobacco!
- There is a serious penalty for killing any endangered species. For instance, the penalty for killing a Black Neck Crane is a life sentence.
- Because of the years of isolation, Bhutanese are some of the most distinctive and unique inhabitants of the World, renowned for their kindness, welcoming and general happiness.
- The official language is Dzonga but there are 32 other languages.
- The country’s policy strongly enforces preservation of local culture. There are laws that enforce people to wear traditional clothes, Gho (men) and Kira (women).
- Bhutan has no traffic lights. Instead the traffic is controlled by policeman.
- Bhutan is an absolute Monarchy. The king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wanchuck and the queen, Jetsun Pema are considered to be the most beautiful royal couple.
- India and Bangladesh are the only countries which hold embassies in Bhutan.
- China after sizing Tibet in 1959 closed all relations with Bhutan. Chinese tourists are not allowed to treck the country. They are only allowed to take part in cultural trips.
- Bhutan is one of the poorest countries according to Gross National Product. The success of its politics and life is measured in Gross Nations Happiness (GNH).
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNPD) stated that:
Bhutan, a small mountainous country nestled in the Himalayas, is a global leader in environmentally sustainable development. Its social, economic, political and spiritual foundations are rooted in the idea of Gross National Happiness. This means it strives towards equitable socio-economic development, preservation of culture, conservation of the environment and good governance.