Bhutan is the last Himalayan Kingdom where Mahayana Buddhism is the official religion of the majority of people with a small percentage of Hinduism.  Bhutan is a landlocked country with an area of 38,394 km2. It has an east-west dimension stretching around 300 km and north-south dimensions around 170 km maximum. Located in the eastern Himalayan range it is mostly mountainous. It shares a 470 km long border with Tibet (China present) in the north and India to the rest. This small country is a journey in the mountains and valleys from an average altitude of 160 m above MSL in the south to snowcapped peaks above 7000m  in the north.
Tourism in Bhutan

About Bhutan

Today, Bhutan is known to the world through the concept of ‘Gross National Happiness’. GNH is a development Philosophy and a benchmark for progress with the objective to achieve wellbeing of the population through a combination including psychological and spiritual wellbeing too. Bhutan has a democratic constitutional monarchy system of government. Environmental protection and cultural preservation is the foremost policy in the planning of development activities. Bhutan is also referred to as a ‘Carbon Negative’ country due to the absence of heavy carbon polluting industries and the density of cars on the road. Tourists entering Bhutan feels reinvigorated immediately by scenic mountains, fresh air, and peaceful natural surroundings.  The population density in contrast to neighboring countries is small, the overall population of the country itself stands around seven hundred fifty thousand only.

Geographical Profile

About 70 percent of the kingdom is covered with forests. The country is divided into three distinct climatic zones: alpine, temperate and subtropical zone.
Temperatures vary according to elevation. Most of the central portion of the country experiences a cool, temperate climate year-round. In the south, a hot humid climate helps maintain a fairly even temperature, the four-season remains distinct for most of the country.
Glaciers in the north which cover about 10 percent of the total surface area, are an important renewable source of water for Bhutan’s rivers.

Quick Fact About Bhutan

Total Population 792,374 (2017)
Density 21 per km2 (2017)
Spoken Language Dzongkha
Independence Year Bhutan was never colonized, (National day on 17 Dec)
Capital City Thimphu (Thimphu)
Currency Ngultrum
GDP Groth ‎6.49% (2015)
GDP per Capita $2,719.11 (2015)
Land Area 38,394 km2 (14,824 mi2)
Border Countries India, China
Minimum Longitude 88.77
Maximum Longitude 92.13
Minimum Latitude 26.71
Maximum Latitude 28.33

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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

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