Bhutan: General Informations

Bhutan: General Informations

Bhutan General Information

Bhutan is best known to the world today as the last Shangrila. The few visitors who make the rare journey into this extraordinary kingdom will discover that there is no other destination like this land of pure and exotic mysticism. In this country known as Druk Yul, or the ‘Land of the Peaceful Dragon’, the fortunate visitor will find a rare combination of harmony and accord, amidst a landscape of incredible natural beauty.

General information of Bhutan

Location: Between China and India
Area : 46,620 sq km (18,182 sq mi)
Longitude: 27° 30’North and 90°30’ East.
Capital : Thimpu
Population: 700,000 (approax. 1 million)
Political-System: Monarchy
Religion 70% Buddhist, 25% Hindu, 5% others
National Animal: Takin (Burdorcas taxicolor),
National Bird : Raven (Corvus corax)
National Flower : Blue poppy (Meconopsis grandis)
National Sport: Dha (archery)
Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan. Other widely spoken languages are Nepali, Bumthap, Sharchop and Hindi. English is understood and spoken by majority of people in major towns and medium of education in schools.
Bhutan time is 6 hours ahead of GMT, 30 minutes ahead of India, 1 hour behind Thailand and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal. There is only one time zone throughout the country. .
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in hotels, restaurants and shops in most towns. Many Bhutanese enjoy drinking traditional homemade alcoholic brews made from wheat, millet or rice
The most popular tourist purchases are traditional Bhutanese arts and handicrafts. Produced by skilled artisans, these are generally of a high quality, and include Buddhist paintings and statues, textiles, jewelry and wooden bowls and carvings.
Seasons :
Autumn (September-November). Winter (December-February), Summer (March-May), Monsoon (Jun- August),
In major cities boiled and filtered water as well as mineral water is available in most of the hotels and restaurants. Elsewhere, it is advisable to use water sterilization tablets or stick to tea and soft drinks.
Working Hours
Government offices open from 09to 17:00 hrs in summer and till 16:00 hrs. in winter.
Official Holiday
Government and most other offices work five days a week. Saturday and Sunday is the official weekly holiday when most of the shops are closed.
All towns in western Bhutan have a reliable power supply. Elsewhere, access is less consistent, and electricity is not available in many outlying areas of the country. The voltage supply is 220/240, the same as in Nepal and India.
Road Transport
Road transport is the dominant mode of transportation for passengers and freight within the country and to the neighboring states of India.
Other Transport Arrangements
There are taxis with fare meters in Bhutan.
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  • Festivals in Bhtuan
  • Entering into Bhutan.
  • Climate
  • Teriff
  • Places of Interest.
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