Royal Kingdom Of Bhutan -- BHUTAN AT GLANCE

BHUTAN is located in the eastern region of the Himalayas, a small country roughly the size of Switzerland and fondly referred to as Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon). Bhutan has remained a country where age of customs and traditions are still part of the everyday lives of the people, even while modernization, development and strains of global influence are felt more and more. Bhutan is holy land with many tales of miracles, myth and legends. The eighty percent of the country’s population live in villages and small hamlets, many located a few hoursand some takes many days to reach. Bhutan is considered as a spectacular destination with a living culture that goes back to the centuries.

Capital                            :         Thimphu
National Tree                   :        Cypress
National Flower                :         Blue Poppy
National Bird                    :         Raven
National Animal               :         Takin
Official Language            :     Dzongkhag
Forest coverage              :         72.5 %
Country code                  :         975
Area                               :         38,394 sq.km.
Local Time                     :         6 hours ahead of GMT & half an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time.

State Religion                  :         The Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism
Currency                        :         Ngultrum, same value as Indian Rupee.
Political System               :         Constitutional Monarchy.

National Flag                   :         The national flag is divided diagonally, with the golden yellow upper half symbolizing the secular authority and lower orange part symbolizing the Buddhist faith or religious part of the country. The white dragon in the centre honours the people’s name for the country and the white colour of the dragon represents the purity and loyalty of people. The dragon snarling expresses the strength of the male and female deities protecting the country. The jewels held in its claws depict the wealth of the nation.

 National Game                :         Archery

National / Traditional
Dress                    :         Men wear “Gho” and women wear “Kira”

Meanings               :         Dzongs (Fortress) / Tshechus (Festivals)

THINGS TO REMEMBER - DO’S & DON’T’S: --

 PHOTOGRAPHY (Please check with your guide): -- Request permission before taking photographs of people, events or objects inside the premises of temples, dzongs or monastery, taking photographs is not permitted. Taking photographs is only permitted in the court yard area.

RELIGIOUS ARTIFACT / ANTIQUE: --

  • Please do not touch any religious artifact or antique.
  • Purchase of religious items especially antiques is prohibited.

Please do not climb on or do anything that would show lack of respect to Buddhist artifacts or antiques, large or small, ruined or not, they are regarded as sacred.

DRESS CODE: -- Please take of hats while entering dzongs, temples or monastery. Shorts / half pants are not permitted while entering a dzong, temple or monastery.

COMMUNICATION: -- Before entering a dzong, temple, monastery, please switch off all mobile phones or keep in the silent/vibrating mode. Please speak softly within the religious premises.

THE BHUTANESE WAY

  • Always walk in clockwise direction while visiting religious places.
  • Please remember not to point with a single finger but use an upturned flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
  • Please throw rubbish only in designated areas.
  • Please refrain from touching any ritual objects or mural paintings.
  • Please do not walk over any clothes, books, hearth or materials left open in religious sites.
  • Please refrain from smoking or drinking while visiting religious places.
  • If you are not sure please ask the local people or the guide.

CALLING IN BHUTAN: -- Calling from a Mobile to a Fixed Line, use 0 (Zero) and area code before the six local numbers.
Example: - Use 02 before the number 17110215. Calling from a Fixed Line to Mobile, you can use eights digit numbers directly.
Example: - 17110215.

Travel Document required for Indian Nationals traveling from India: -- Valid Indian Passport or Valid Voters ID card.

Note: -- Driving license, OCI card, Pan Card are not accepted by Bhutan Immigration.