50 Fascinating Facts About Bhutan

Bhutan is a land-locked country in Southeast Asia's Eastern Himalayas. Bhutan is a strange country that seems to be from another dimension. It's like something out of a storybook for many people. What is it about Bhutan that makes it such a well-kept secret? Here are a few interesting facts about the country of Bhutan.

Fascinating Facts

Bhutan is more minor than South Carolina by around 14,800 square miles (38,400 square kilometers). It's a smaller country than Switzerland. Most of the landscape is mountainous.
Bhutan's name, Druk Yul, translates as "Land of the Thunder Dragon" in the native dialect. The Bhutanese flag has a dragon as its main design element.
A prohibition on the manufacturing and sale of tobacco products was enacted in Bhutan in 2010. Tobacco use is prohibited in public places, but it is permitted in homes and other private spaces.
Bhutan's King eventually permitted television and internet connection in 1999 as part of an effort to modernize the kingdom. When television finally made it to Bhutan, it was a latecomer on the global scene. India's bordering states provide a few television stations.
Bhutan has a strict dress code that must be always followed. Women must wear ankle-length gowns, and males must wear traditional knee-length clothing. The colors of someone's clothes reveal their social rank and class.
The campus of the University of Texas at El Paso was designed with inspiration from Bhutanese architecture style.
The cordyceps, a caterpillar with fungus sprouting out of its back end, may be found in the high alpine pastures. It's a hot commodity in Chinese medicine because of its alleged ability to strengthen the nervous system and because it's worth as much as gold per gram.
Approximately 70% of the nation is covered in forest, most of which is undisturbed natural woodland.
Disposable plastic bags have been banned for the first time in this country.
The house in a family is passed down to the eldest daughter, not the eldest son.
Buddhists throughout the country do mask and even nude dancing during festivals.
Ornate wood carving may be seen on nearly every house in the nation. They're lovely since they're typically constructed without nails.
Traditionally, chili with cheese has been eaten with almost every meal. Never underestimate the intensity of the heat until you give it a shot.
Hydropower generates a large amount of electricity, which the nation mainly sells to India. Red rice, Bhutan's leading food, has a delicious nutty flavor and is powered entirely by sustainable energy sources, including a tiny bit of solar power.
The Thimphu General Post Office's display on postage stamps has managed to make them attractive. Then you may have a stamp created with your photo after that. While the monument of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is taller than the Statue of Liberty, the seated Buddha statue in Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, is still under construction and will be much taller when completed.
In Bhutan, there are no traffic signals. There isn't a single traffic signal in Thimphu (Bhutan's capital city). While in town, you will only see traffic cops as the 'traffic light,' dictating how people move around. As a result, in Bhutan, you'll never have to deal with traffic gridlock.
Bhutan has a low crime rate when compared to other countries across the world. The country has a low crime rate. Because violent crime is rare and all excursions are led by knowledgeable guides, visiting the nation is stress-free. The majority of Bhutanese people are kind and helpful. The only way to truly appreciate Bhutanese hospitality is to make the trip there yourself.
The airport in Paro is dubbed the world's most hazardous for taking off and landing.
Druk Yul, the Bhutanese name for their nation, means "Land of Dragons" about the powerful storms in the Himalayas, and it can be heard in Bhutan.
Good luck and good chances of conception are symbolized by drawing a phallus on the walls.
The government took the necessary measures to provide everyone access to free healthcare and education. Infant mortality is still a significant problem, although things have gotten much better. Most people are still educated in monasteries, although efforts are being made to raise the literacy rate of the population as a whole.
Travelers to Bhutan should know that the Bhutanese decline meals the first time they are offered it out of appreciation and respect. They say "Meshu" as they close their mouth.
Acts of gay nature are punishable by up to a year in jail under the Penal Code of 2004. Two parts of the code that prohibited "unnatural sex" were, however, removed in 2019. Bhutan has accomplished a lot!
In several Bhutanese myths and tales, bows and arrows play an essential part. Additionally, Bhutan has an Olympic archery squad that competes in international competitions.
In Bhutan, you are free to marry more than one woman. A well-known example is Bhutan's fourth monarch Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who is married to four sisters. Bhutan, on the other hand, is rapidly eliminating polygamy.
In the world, only Bhutan keeps track of its citizens' level of happiness regularly. GNH is the index's official name (Gross National Happiness). Bhutan, on the other hand, focuses on the happiness of its people rather than GDP. In 2011, the United Nations endorsed the concept, and in 2012, the World Happiness Report was issued. Since Gallup data is used, the rankings are based on broader criteria than only economic concerns.
While the Bhutanese government prioritizes personal well-being, ethnic minorities in the nation have been subjected to abuses that have resulted in many being expelled or being sent to refugee camps. Between 2008 and 2010, the United States took in 30,870 Bhutanese refugees.
Bhutanese citizens are entitled to free public education. The importance of Buddhist teachings is highly emphasized. English is a common subject of study at most educational institutions. Bhutan had a literate population of 30% men and 10% females before the 1990s education reform.
It is against the law for a Bhutanese woman to marry a foreign man. In addition, it is illegal to be a homosexual. The practice of polygamy is permitted in Bhutan. However, it is uncommon.
Bhutan's official religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, often known as Tibetan Buddhism. Vajrayana is based on tantric scriptures of Buddhism. Only in 1974 did the United Nations officially recognize Bhutan's independence.
Bhutan is the first nation to include environmental protection as a constitutional obligation for its citizens. At least 60 percent of the country must be always covered by forests, making it the world's only "Carbon Sink," meaning it takes in more carbon dioxide (CO2) than what it emits.
Thimpu is one of only two Asian capital cities without a single traffic light.
Bhutan's highest point, Gangkhar Puensum, rises to a height of 24,840 feet, making it the world's tallest unclimbed mountain.
Those found guilty of murdering a culturally significant species like the black-necked crane, which is critically endangered, face the possibility of a life term in jail.
Ten years after it became a democratic country, Bhutan remains one of the few places in the world where citizens may watch television. Only 11 years ago, the government relaxed its restrictions on television and the Internet.
Most Bhutanese people are Buddhist, although a sizable Hindu population is still highly superstitious.
On the first of the year, everyone gets one year older. No one will ever forget a birthday again!
As a type of archery, Bhutan's national sport involves teams facing off across a field as each team swings their arms to distract their opponents. Players compete in national costumes as they go head-to-head.
As a type of archery, Bhutan's national sport involves teams facing off across a field as each team swings their arms to distract their opponents. Players compete in national costumes as they go head-to-head.
The takin (Budorcas taxicolor), Bhutan's national animal, is a unique creature that belongs in its category. According to Bhutanese tradition, it was constructed by their most revered saint, the holy madman (1455-1529).
Although it is impoverished and illiterate, Bhutan ranks ninth in the world for overall happiness. According to a poll, the landlocked Himalayan kingdom's stunning mountain beauty, secluded culture, and a strong sense of national identity are reasons for its inhabitants' satisfaction.
Bhutanese people are young, with a median age of just 22.3 years. One-third of the population is younger than 15 years old.
Bhutan seemed to have no roads, electricity, vehicles, or postal service until 1960.
Bhutan just admitted its first overseas tourists in 1974.
Every person of Bhutan gains one year of age on the first day of the new year. No one will ever forget a birthday again!
Bhutan's semi-nomadic tribes, notably those in Laya, Sakteng, and Merak, still practice polyandry. Polyandry that does occur is almost always fraternal and adelphic (brothers sharing one wife).
Legal protection is given to the culturally significant and critically endangered, black-necked crane, and anybody found guilty of its homicide might face life in prison. Every November, a celebration is held exclusively to celebrate the arrival of the migrating birds.
Bhutan's national animal, the takin, is an odd-looking cross between a goat, a cow, an antelope, and a wildebeest.
There is a national language called Dzongkha.
Bhutan has a literacy rate of 54.3% for adults and 76.2% for youth.
Agriculture is its primary sector with rice, fruit & dairy industry (yaks)