Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom in south Asia located in the eastern Himalayas. it is bordered by China in the North and India on the south.
Here is a typical Bhutan map below.
Bhutan – The land of happiness
Bhutan, also known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” is one of the world’s most beautiful and yet a mysterious place. The government of Bhutan mandates to keep 65 % of its area forested with a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna. The country stretches from subtropical valleys and plains to snowcapped mountain ranges. This landscape makes it the perfect place to trek through the majestic valleys or steep mountains.
Bhutan is a land of beautiful snow-capped mountains, religious monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and its culture and traditions are still intact with the rising development taking place. Bhutan has embedded its religion i.e. Buddhism in every aspect of their life, starting from paintings at the fortress, houses and rituals and religious festivals that are celebrated with pomp and glory.
Bhutan is known as the nation of gross national happiness and has been recognized as one of the happiest countries in the world. The philosophy of gross national happiness was put forward by our fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuk.
GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS
Why is Bhutan known for the word Happiness?
Bhutan is known famously as the first country in the world to measure progress based on happiness. GNH is used as a tool to measure the country’s development instead of Gross National Product (GNP). The happiness of the Bhutanese is more important than material growth and there should be a balance between the two. A GNH Commission was created to take an annual measure of how the people fare. The poll is based on an index of nine domains. Living standards, education, health, cultural diversity and resilience, community vitality, time use, psychological wellbeing, ecological diversity, and good governess are the nine domains that are taken into account. According to the GNH Commission, 81.5% of the population of Bhutan is deeply happy. The Commission is still working on ways to achieve total happiness for 100% of Bhutanese.
High-Value Low Volume
The country came up with the policy of High-value Low volume Tourism which means Limiting the number of Tourist by imposing a daily tariff. The policy was framed to preserve its culture and environment from the adverse effects of Tourism. 35% of the daily tariff goes to the government which they use for Free Education and Health. Tourism sector is the second in line to Hydropower in generating revenue for the country.
The language Spoken in Bhutan is Dzongkha but English is the primary working language, so it’s very convenient for people who speak English to communicate with the locals.
The currency used in Bhutan is known as Ngultrum, which is equivalent to Indian rupees. People visiting Bhutan can change US dollars at Money exchange counters found in the capital city or Banks of Bhutan.