Bhutan Overview

Capital: Thimphu Time Zone: GMT +6 Area: 38,392 square kilometer (Size of Switzerland) Currency: Ngultrum (1 Nu = 1 Indian Rupee) Languages: Dzongkha, English and 18 local dialects Population: 634,982 (2005 Census) Life expectancy: 63 Major export: Hydroelectricity Percentage of population involved in agriculture: 70% Forest Cover: 72.5% Country dialing code: +975 Ancient stone implements and other archaeological findings indicate that there were settlements in the country dating back to 2000 B.C. The chronicled history of the kingdom, however, begins with the advent of Buddhism in the 8th century. In 747 [...]

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Arts and Crafts

Bhutanese arts and crafts stand a pulsating testimony to the country’s rich cultural heritage. Apart from its roots in the intrinsic religious significance, it possesses a boundless creativity in its style. From the majestic fortresses (Dzongs) to people’s homes, the country’s unique arts and crafts embody the common national consciousness.  Its simplicity, use of rich natural colors, and the religious thematic undertones create a poignant expression of the human will to achieve perfection. Although the style resembles that of Tibet, the country’s artisans have however departed from the dictates of easy influence to more experimental self-creativity.  Thus, the themes and [...]

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Politics

Bhutan peacefully transitioned to democracy in 2008 after being under monarchy for exactly 101 years. The period of monarchy saw four progressive and visionary successive Kings. Today the country is experiencing an interesting phase in her history. Bhutan’s political system is known as the constitutional monarchy where the King is the head of state and prime minister the head of government. The Fourth King, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, introduced democracy amid resistance from the people. The people were reluctant to embrace the new polity. They said the country should continue to be led by the monarchy. However, the King [...]

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Climate

Bhutan experiences four different seasons. Most tourist visit Bhutan in spring and autumn. Spring is the time when Bhutan’s rich flora gets at it best as many and various flowers blossom. And during this time around the skies are clear and you can see towering snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas. Tourists say spring is the best season to visit Bhutan. Even in spring Bhutan’s fierce winter, especially in high altitude would be over. Tourists who intend to visit during this time are advised to be equipped with some winter clothes. Spring season starts from March and ends roughly in June. [...]

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