The Kingdom of Bhutan, also spelt as Bootan, is a land-locked country of South Asia. It shares its northern borders with the People's Republic of China and Tibet, and on the southern sides with India. The picturesque lands of Bhutan was known historically by a number of names such as Southern Land of Darkness (Lo Moen), Southern Land of the Sandalwood (Lhomoen Tsendenjong), Southern Land of Medicinal Herbs (Lho Men Jong) and many others. Bhu-Uttan (meaning high lands), a word of Sanskrit language, a language spoken in ancient India, aptly describes the topography of the terrain of Bhutan located an elevation of 7,000 m and protected within the lap of the mighty Himalayas. On account of its location, the place has remained generally inaccessible for centuries, and holds an exotic charm of its own.
Bhutan is spread over an area of around 47,000 ;km2, and has a population of 672,425 (2005). The largest city is Thimphu which is also the capital city, and the languages spoken are Dzongkha and English.
Bhutan is considered as the last shangrila on the earth with a very pristine untouched vegitation and nature.it is called a last shangrila because Bhutan have most of there mountain untouched and nobody have climbed it.Bhutan still believe that god and goddesses reside in those mountain.Bhutan has 70% forest coverage and bhutanese people lives very close with nature. Bhutanese people have many evidence that yeti still exist in Bhutan.
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- Currency: Ngultrum (BTN)
- Time zone: BTT (UTC+6:00)
- Language: Official language: Dzongkha
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Bhutan tourism is one of the most unique tourism experience in the world. The tourism in Bhutan, like anywhere else in the world is managed by ministry of tourism through a body named Tourism council of Bhutan . The regulation which makes Bhutan travel unique is the fact that you can only travel to Bhutan through government licensed tour operator, and there is no pricing competition in-between various operators as government has fixed the prices themselves. Under this regulation you will pay 250 USD per day of a base tariff which covers your stay, transportation, meals, tour guide, visa fees and royalty. Looking from an 'all paid tour' view point this definitely sounds like a deal, not cheap though. In case you are traveling alone then you will be paying 40 USD per day extra on top, which in case of a group of two traveling together will be reduced to 30 USD per person per day extra. This system of tariff has been bought in place to encourage responsible tourism and for the convenience of international tourist. By doing this it not only preserve the natural splendour of Bhutan but also protects the interest of a tourist. Unlike what one might think, a guided tour is in no way lessens the fun of travel, it only increases the joy of travel out here. All in all there are no limitations to travel in Bhutan. That is why visiting Bhutan is one of the most unique experience that a vacationer can take back home.
The tourism itinerary of Bhutan generally starts from the Central Bhutan, Paro, as the only international airport of Bhutan is in Paro. Travelling in Paro is more like visiting beautiful heritage structures amidst the breathtaking views. From Paro you further drive down to Thimphu which is a present capital of Bhutan, and then further towns to come are, Punakha , Gangtay, Trongsa , Bumthang , Mongar, Tashigang , and Trashiyangtse. The latter cities forms the eastern part of Bhutan which opened its doors to the tourism only in the recent while.
There is only one airlines which flies to Bhutan and that is Drukair . You can reach Bhutan through various international cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bangkok & Kathmandu, as Drukair flies to these cities regularly.
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Bhutan is called the happiest country in the world and the only country that has a GNH (Gross National Happiness) which measures people’s quality of life on both a material and spiritual way.
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