Bhutan: Druk Tseghen – the land of the dragon

Fascinating facts about Bhutan:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The official language is Dzonga but there are 32 other languages.
  6. 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).
  7. Bhutan has no traffic lights. Instead the traffic is controlled by policeman.
  8. 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.
  9. India and Bangladesh are the only countries which hold embassies in Bhutan.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. 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.

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Wheel of life at Taktshang Dzong. More information: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g321541-d455649-i114541125-Rinpung_Dzong-Paro_Paro_District.html

 

 

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