Bhutan wedged between China to the north and India to the south, the tiny independent kingdom lies deep within the folds of the eastern Himalayas.

Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom where an age-old Himalayan culture flourishes in a fine balance with modernity. After centuries of isolation, Himalayan Kingdom Bhutan opened up to the modern world only in 1960s when it began building its first schools, hospitals and roads. Today, Bhutan is one of least urbanised countries in the world with its natural environment pristine and protected and its rich cultural traditions as vibrant as ever.

Bhutan with more than 70 percent of the land covered by forests, a substantial portion of which are national parks and protected sanctuaries, it is home to an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna.

Bhutan Tourism opened to outside world in 1974. It policy follows of “high value low impact “tourism. This means the Bhutan tourism industry must be socially and culturally acceptable and environmentally friendly. The policy has helped in promoting Bhutan tourism  as a high-end exclusive tourist destination.

Facts about Bhutan

Head of State: ~His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, the fifth Dragon King.
Prime Minister: ~Tshering Tobgay of the Peoples Democratic Party
Political system: ~Democratic Constitutional Monarchy
Capital: ~Thimphu
Time Zone: ~GMT +6
Total Area: ~38,394 sq km
Land boundaries: ~China 477km, India 659 km
National Development Philosophy: ~Gross National Happiness
Currency: ~Ngultrum (1 Nu = 1 Indian Rupee)
Languages: ~Dzongkha, English, Sharchop, Lhotsham
Population: ~700,000 (estimated)
Life expectancy: ~68 years
Major export: ~Hydroelectricity
Percentage of population involved in agriculture: ~70%
Forest cover: ~72.5%
Country dialling code: ~975