Flag of Bhuthan

Flag of Bhuthan

  • Officially: ยป เฝ เฝ–เพฒเฝดเฝ‚เผ‹เฝขเพ’เพฑเฝฃเผ‹เฝเฝ–เผ‹ (Dzongkha)
    • Druk Gyal Khap
    • Kingdom of Bhutan
  • Capital ยป Thimphu
    • Also the largest city in the country

Facts

  • Population ยป 750,000
    • The second least populated country in South Asia right after the Maldives.
  • Language ยป Dzongkha
  • Religions ยป Buddhism (official), Hinduism
  • Life expectancy ยป 66 years (men), 70 years (women)
  • Currency ยป ngultrum
    • Known as “nu”
    • 1 nu = 1 Indian Rupee
    • Indian rupees are generally accepted in Bhutan, in denomination smaller than 500 Rs.

Geography

  • Area ยป 38,364 sq km (14,812 sq miles)
  • Landlocked country bordered by China and India
  • Currently, Bhutan has a disputed boundary with China
Map of Bhutan

Map of Bhutan

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Notes

  • Bhutan was never colonised
  • Bhutan charges foreign nationals (with the exception of Indian citizens) a $200 to $250 daily fee to visit. The price varies based on the tourist season.

Tourism

  • Unless youโ€™re from India, the Maldives, or Bangladesh, you need to be on a tour or with a guide.
  • Canadians must obtain a visa by purchasing a travel package from an authorised travel agent before departure.
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan

Overlanding

  • Land border crossing
    • Samdrupjonkhar
    • Gelephu – Not normally used by tourists

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