Bhutan is a peaceful country with strong traditional
values based on religion, respect for the royal family and care for the
environment. Located in the magnificent Himalayas, Bhutan is also named
as 'The Land of Peaceful Thunder Dragon' due to the regular feature of
storms in the Himalayan region. Bhutan offers breathtaking mountain
views, incredible scenic beauty, exciting wildlife and a rich culture
and lifestyle which Bhutanese people still strives to preserve in the
face of modernity. Bhutan offers travelers unparalleled beauty,
adventure, and the cultural experience of a lifetime!.
is a landlocked country. It is about 47,000 kilometres - roughly the
size of Switzerland. It is located between Tibet in the north, Indian
states of West Bengal and Assam in the south, and Arunachal Pradesh in
Originally spoken only in western Bhutan,
Dzongkha is now the national language. English is widely spoken in main
towns and it is the medium of education in all schools. Local people are
also familiar with Hindi and Nepali.
Bhutan is the
only country in the world to have adopted Mahayana Buddhism in its
Tantric form as its official religion. The Buddhist faith has played and
continues to play a fundamental role in the cultural, ethical and
sociological development of country and its people. Monks are held in
great respect and play an active part in community life. Almost every
home in Bhutan has a special area called a chosum, which is a small
shrine, or a special room used for prayers.
standard time is six hours ahead of GMT, and there is only one zone
throughout the country. Bhutan standard time is 30minutes ahead of
Indian Standard Time.
Electricity in Bhutan is
reasonably reliable and runs 220/240 volts. An international converter
kit with a set of adapter plugs may be required if travellers bring
along electrical appliances.
Bhutan's unit of
currency is the Ngultrum (Nu), which is at par to the Indian Rupee (100
Chetrums = 1 Ngultrum). One US dollar is equivalent to approximately 46
Ngultrums*. Most major foreign currencies are accepted. Travellers
cheques, American Express cards and Visa cards are also accepted in
The Indian Rupee is also legal tender in
Bhutan except for the denomination of 500 notes which are banned in
Bhutan because of counterfeit.
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