About Bhutan

Culture and Tradition

While Bhutan is definitely one of the smallest countries in the world, yet the cultural diversity and its richness are profound. As such strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its rich cultural diversity. It is believed that ensuring protection and preservation of our unique culture would assist in protecting the sovereignty…

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Arts & Crafts

The style of Bhutanese arts and crafts has survived through the ages, passed down as per tradition from the master craftsman to the disciple. Bhutanese craftsmen still follow the methods of the Zorig Chusum (thirteen aspects of arts & crafts), a system first introduced by the Zhabdrung. Examples of its unique characteristics are visible in…

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Economy

Bhutanese economy is characterized by its small size given its small population size. With the majority of the Bhutanese people illiterate and residing in rural areas, about 31% of the population still lives under poverty line. However, in general all Bhutanese have a shelter and are self – sufficient to a large extent. With rapid…

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Environment

Besides others that Bhutan can offer to the world, is its pristine environment that is almost intact. Our ecosystem is rich and diverse, because of its location, great geographical and climatic variations. Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and valleys boast of spectacular biodiversity, earning it a name as one of the world’s ten most important biodiversity…

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Flora & Fauna

Physically, Bhutan can be divided into three zones: Alpine Zone (4000m and above) with no forest cover; the Temperate Zone (2000 to 4000m) with conifer or broadleaf forests; and the Subtropical Zone (150m to 2000m) with Tropical or Subtropical vegetation. Because of its wide altitudinal and climatic range, the flora and fauna is diverse and…

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Language

About two dozen dialects are spoken by the people all over the country, with Dzongkha (one among the many Tibetan languages) being spoken and taught as the national language. Officially meaning- “the Language spoken in the Dzongs” (kha means language or literally, mouth), Dzongkha bears close linguistic similarities to the language spoken in the southern…

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History and Geography

History Archaeological evidence suggests Bhutan was inhabited possibly as early as 2000 BC. Buddhism was probably introduced in the 2nd century although traditionally its introduction is credited to the first visit of Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century. Guru Rinpoche is one of the most important figures in Bhutan’s history, regarded as the second Buddha….

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People Society and Religion

Bhutanese people can be generally categorized into three main ethnic groups. The Tshanglas, Ngalops and the Lhotshampas. The other minority groups are the Bumthaps and the Khengpas of Central Bhutan, the Kurtoeps in Lhuentse, the Brokpas and the Bramis of Merak and Sakteng in eastern Bhutan, the Doyas of Samtse and the Monpas of Rukha…

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Political System of Bhutan

The political system of Bhutan has evolved over time together with its tradition and culture. From a fragmented and a disoriented rule of the different regions by chieftains, local lords and a clan based rule, today we have a parliamentary democracy in place. The first move towards a systematic scheme of governance came in 1616…

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National Symbol of Bhutan

Symbols are often used as a personification of an ideology; an expression and National symbols takes symbolism to greater heights by creating a sense of patriotism and nationalism.   Over the centuries different nations have come up with different iconic representations in the forms of flags, emblems, natural symbols like flora and fauna; all in…

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Gross National Happiness

GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS

 

Economists the world over has been arguing that the key to happiness is obtaining and enjoying material development. However, Bhutan tries to argue the case differently by advocating that amassing material growth does not necessarily lead to happiness. Defying this notion, Bhutan is now trying to measure progress is not by the popular idea of…

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About Bhutan BHUTAN  

Location: Located in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is bordered by China in the north and the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam and West Bengal in the east, west and south. Area: 38,394 square kilometer Altitude: Varying from 180 m – 7,550 m above sea level Population: 695,822 (projected for 2010) Local time: Six…

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