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Bhutan

One of the most coveted travel destinations in India, with its scenic landscape, monuments and memorials connected with legends and folklore. It is a landlocked nation known as Druk Yul / land of the thunder dragon. It is located amid the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the south, east and west by India and to the north by China. Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim. Religion is Mahayana Buddhism, and the population is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism being the second. Population is maximum in the central highlands. The national language is Dzongkha. The script, here called Chhokey and is similar to classical Tibetan. English is the medium of instruction in school and Dzongkha is the national language.

Cultivation is mainly Rice, buckwheat, and maize, and they are the staple foods of the country. Apple grows in plenty and there are a few orchards also. The diet also includes pork, beef, yak meat, chicken, and mutton. Soups and stews of meat and dried vegetables spiced with chilies and cheese are prepared. Ema datshi is very spicy with cheese and chilies may be the national dish for its ubiquity and the pride that Bhutanese have for it. Dairy foods, particularly butter and cheese from yaks and cows, are also popular, and indeed almost all milk is turned to butter and cheese. Popular beverages include butter tea, tea, locally brewed rice wine and beer. Bhutan is the only country in the world to have banned the sale of tobacco. Some of the lesser known destinations are Chukha, Gasa, Haa, Lhuentse, Pema Gatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Samtse Trashi Gang, Trasi Yangtse and Zhemgang.

General Information

  • Capital : Thimpu
  • Official language : Dzongkha
  • Demonym : Bhutanese
  • Government : Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy
  • King : Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
  • Prime Minister : Jigme Thinley (DPT)
  • Formation : Early 17th century
  • Wangchuk Dynasty : December 17, 1907
  • Constitutional Monarchy : 2008
  • Area : 47,000 square kilometers (131st)
  • Population Estimate : 672,425 (2005)
  • Density : 45 / square kilometers (154th)
  • Currency : Ngultrum (BTN)
  • Time zone : BTT (UTC+ 6:00)
  • Internet Top Level Domain : .bt
  • Calling code : + 975
  • National Sport : Archery
  • Literacy rate : 59.5 percent

Places of Interest

Jakar, Mongar, Paro, Phuentsholing, Punakha, Samdrup Jongkhar, Thimpu, Trashigang, Trongsa, Haa, Bumthang, Wangdiphodrang

The landscape ranges from plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north. North Bhutan consists of an arch of glaciated mountain peaks with extremely cold climate. Most peaks in the north are over 7000 meters / 23,000 feet the highest point is claimed to be the Kula Kangri at 24,780 feet / 7,553 meters, Gangkhar Puensum, is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world at 7,570 meters / 24,835 feet. It is watered by snow - fed rivers, alpine valleys in this region provide pasture for livestock, tended by a sparse population of migratory shepherds. The Black Mountains form a watershed between two major river systems, the Mo Chhu and the Drangme Chhu and the other rivers are Torsa, Raidak, Sankosh, and Manas flowing through this region. Peaks in the Black Mountains range between 1,500 meters and 2,700 meters / 4,900 feet and 8,900 feet. Woodlands of the central region provide most of Bhutan's forest production. Wildlife in Bhutan can be located in the following areas Thrumshing La National Park, Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary, Torsa Strict Nature Reserve, Black Mountains National Park, Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary, Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Jigme Dorji National Park, Royal Manas National Park.

The roads are the only source of transportation as there are no railways. There is two entry points to Bhutan by road Phuentsholing in the Indian state of West Bengal and Samdrup Jongkhar in the Indian state of Assam. But the exit is from Phuentsholing on the West Bengal Border. The only other entry, exit point is Paro and mode is airways and the to and fro flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan is gives the most spectacular offering to the stunning views of the Himalayas, Mount Everest and Chomolhari. Bhutan’s main road is the East - West highway, known locally as the Lateral Road. The road starts in Phuentsholing on the Indian border and terminates in Trashigang in the Far East, with branches to other main centers such as Paro, Thimpu and Punakha. The Lateral Road traverses are a number of high passes, including Tremo La and Do Chu La. The highest pass on the road is at Trumshing La in central Bhutan at an altitude of over 3800 meters. The routes are scenic and enjoyable. Paro is the only International airport and is linked to four of the neighboring countries including India.

Tourist Visas - Visa has to be approved prior to air ticketing and your arrival in Bhutan. Indians do not need any visa to enter Bhutan. Inner Line permit is issued by the Indian Embassy in Phuentsholing. Voters ID card is required.

Thimpu
Thimpu Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan, and also the largest population centre in the country. It is located at 27° 28′ 00″ north, 89° 38′ 30″ East coordinates. The elevation of Thimpu is 2320 meters / 7656 feet. The...
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Paro
Paro It is a town situated in the in the Paro Valley. Rinpung Dzong a fortress-monastery overlooking the valley has a long history. This imposing five storey building served as an effective defence against numerous invasion attempts by the Tibetans....
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Punakha
Punakha This was the old capital of Bhutan and now a tourist hotspot. It is located between the confluence of two rivers Pho chhu and Mo chhu. It is quite warm in winter and hot in summer. It is located at an elevation of 1200 meters.  Punakha...
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Wangdi Phodrong
Wangdi Phodrong This obscures tourist spot lies in the south of Punakha at an elevation of 1300 meter is situated in the junction of the Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers and so is the heritage and beautiful Wangdiphodrang Dzong. It was for many centuries...
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Bumthang
Bumthang One of the most spectacular town with Chumey, Choekar (West), Jakar and the Tang (East) Valleys around it and is also a center of Buddhism. Once many great Buddhist teachers meditated and left many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage...
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Samdrup Jongkhar
Samdrup Jongkhar Samdrup Jongkhar - Situated at an altitude of 233 meters and has scenic drive routes all around. This town is small and is a commercial hub and serves nearly all of eastern sector of Bhutan as far as Mongar and Lhuntshi. It is the...
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Darjeeling

Darjeeling

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Kaziranga NP

Kaziranga NP

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Sundarban

Sundarban

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