Often fought over by colonial powers and neighboring countries alike but never held for long, Bhutan is a destination known for its resistant but likeable people, multi dimensional culture, and a gorgeous scenic beaty studded with glorious monuments.
38,364 per sq km (14,812 sq miles)
Dzonkha, English are the official languages
Government: Constitutional monarchy
To modern travelers, Bhutan is still a mysterious place. The most fascinating thing about the country is the fact that it was not open for the outside tourism until the seventies.
The tourism here is “high value, low impact” and Bhutan has added to a different kind of tourism to the world. And thais seems to be quite affable for this ‘magical kingdom’, which is slated regularly as the ‘happiest place’.
The Tantric variation of Drukpa Kagyu(Mahayana Buddhism) is the official religion; A large number people worship theDrukpaschool of the Kagyupa. Hindus live in the south here.
The lifestyle and the mannerism of the ethnic Bhutanese are quite a unique aspect to the area. The biggest influence on sociorituals is Bhutan’s official state religion. One can easily see what remains of Buddhism and the religion of Tibet originally, theBonism. With no steadfast clans and equitable rights forwomen and men. A major number of people lead an agrarian life.
Language in Bhutan
The official language is Dzongkha. A large many no. of dialectical variations are spoken, due to the isolated villages. SharchopKha is popular in eastregion. Nepali is widely spoken in the southern parts of Bhutan. English is the language of imparting education from 1963.
Bhutan Weather, Climate and Geography
With height, the climate varies. There is heavy rainfall in the southern region and usually monsoon occurs in between the months of June and September.
Light cotton in the mountain foothills, linens and waterproof gear could also be wore , light pullovers and jackets inthe evenings. In theuplands: warm clothes for evenings, especially during the winters.
Located on the eastern Himalayas, bordered in north by the Peoples republic of China and in south, India. The heightranges from 180 metres in the lowland area to over 7,310 m in the area of the Himalayan plateau.
Bhutanese currency is Ngultrum (Nu.) and is pegged to Indian National Rupee.
Indian Rupee is accepted throughout Bhutan except for 500 and 1000 notes.
Manners & Customs
Bhutanese by and large are conservative in their thinking. It is important that you make it a point not to wear sleeveless T shirts or miniskirts in public.
Refrain from smoking while your visit the Dzongs and Monasteries.
Food & Drink
The unique cuisine of the country comprises steamed rice with various spicy vegetable curries to choose from.
Almost all hotels have great selection of local and international beverages.Yes, there are enough options for Vegetarians too.
The most famous postage stamps are found here. Also, hand woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls, handmade paper, finely crafted metal and Thanka painting add to the beauty of the shopping markets here.
Weekend Markets are where the farmers as well as other vendors come to sell their produce /craft. Typically held in Thimphu, Paro, Phuentsholing and Wangdi.Thimphu is the most popular out of these which starts from Saturday morning till Sunday evening.