Welcome to Bhutan
Entangle in the ethnicity of Bhutan’s eye-catching Yak Bone Jewellery specially crafted with the pure influence of its ravishing creativity and the artistic skills. Situated on the hills, the country is unequivocally the ‘fairyland on earth.’
Country Quick Facts
Having its lower point named as the Drangme Chhu River at a height of 318 ft. and its highest point being the Kula Kamgri at a height of 24,783 ft. Bhutan is a country with a blend of three geographical areas divided accordingly. The nation has deep valleys as well as the steep mountains with a rugged land. Talking about the varied small rivers existing here they include Torsa, Mangde, Dangme and the Sankosh.
Area: 38,394 km²
‘Dzongkha’ has been granted an official language status in the country of Bhutan. The majority of this country’s population are indulged in the usage of this language for all their communication purposes. Apart from this, it witnesses 19 more varied languages and dialects including three most dominant languages i.e. Sharchokpa, Lhotshamkha and also the Bumthangkha. English is spoken by some of the people here and especially the younger generation as it is a subject in every school there. The residents of Bhutan are referred to as the ‘Bhutanese’.
The official currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum that is symbolised as ‘Nu’. It is circulated in the form of banknotes and the coins under the supervision of the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan. The banknotes are available in the denominations of Nu 50, Nu 10, Nu 1, Nu 100, Nu 1000, Nu 500, Nu 5 and Nu 20. On the other hand, the coins are available in the denominations of Ch 50, Nu 1, Ch 20 and Ch 25. A single Ngultrum is equivalent to 100 chhertum. ATMs are easily available in Bhutan and also, Indian bank cards can also be operated in the ATMs of Bhutan.
Bhutan altogether experiences four distinct seasons and their extent depends highly upon the altitude. The spring season extends from the March till May, autumn season from September till November, monsoon from June till August and lastly the wintertime starting from December till February with December and January being the coldest of the three. There is no specific season meant for travelling in Bhutan as this place can be enjoyed in any time of the whole year. During the month of January, the average temperature can go as low as 5 degrees Celsius and during June to August, it can be at around 20 degrees Celsius.
Time: The Standard Time Zone followed by Bhutan is the ‘Bhutan Time’ that is 13 hours ahead of the Pacific Standard Time.
Electricity: The Standard Voltage in Bhutan is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The Power sockets used here are of the type D, F and G. In case your country’s electrical appliance are not carrying the same standard voltage, it is highly recommended for you not to use them here. However, you can also use a voltage convertor for the same purpose.
Weight & Measurement: The Metric System is used in Bhutan for the purpose of weight and measurement.
Telecommunications: Cellular networks are used in Bhutan majorly and thus, majority of the population is dependent on the mobiles for their communication purposes. Apart from this, internet facilities are also available along with some of the internet cafes in Bhutan’s towns and cities.
Top Cities of Bhutan
The largest city of Bhutan is none other than its capital Thimphu that is followed by many other heartthrob cities. The top cities of Bhutan are :
Food & Drink
Yes, Bhutan is a unique nation but not only in one sense. Things which make it antique are many and these include its culinary experiences too. On one hand, it is a home to the stunning mountains and on the other hand, it is a hub of the most succulent and scrumptious cuisines. Majority of the food in here is found to be engaged in a perfect blend of the spices as Buddhists love spicy stuff. You can also find many Indian and the Chinese dishes in Bhutan.
The dish is made up of cheese and the chillies and for some people it can be called as a spicy one. The chillies are mixed with garlic, water & oil.
It is Bhutan’s staple food. Growing in the Eastern Himalayas, Red Rice is nutty in taste and considered to be a nutritious one.
It is one of the most favourite items in Bhutan containing a curry along with a meaty stew. This consists of red dry chillies, Bok Choy and Ginger.
One of the mostly consumed dish in Bhutan is tea but here it’s little different. Suja is a butter tea in Bhutan that is distributed after meals.
It is the Bhutan’s traditional alcoholic beverage that is prepared with a fusion of maize, wheat, distilled rice and also the buckwheat.
It is a soup that is served along with any of the Bhutanese dishes and is prepared with the help of green leafy vegetables. .
Made from buckwheat, these act as a healthy replacement to the regular noodles. They are boiled and then served.
Momos are the most common street food and are served as a snack in Bhutan. These are served with hot chili sauce.
It can be consumed as a replacement to the Momos. Hoentay is made from buckwheat and contain cheese, meat or varied vegetables.
Culture of Bhutan
Despite of Bhutan being one of the smallest nations worldwide, its culture and varied traditions are witnessed as being intense. The Bhutan’s ruling parties and also other related countries are laying a strong emphasis on the unique and the preserved culture of this nation as it will undoubtedly directly or indirectly affect the sovereignty of this country.
Bhutanese, especially the traditional ones are really simple and carry a decent standard of living. They are habitual of eating their meals with hands with the sitting posture witnessed as being crossed legs on the floor. The food is served firstly to the family’s head followed by other family members. Talking majorly about the locales of Bhutan, it is the mother or any other woman of the family who is responsible for serving the meals. A short prayer is facilitated before commencing with the meals and thereon a small part from the food is kept aside that acts as an offering for their god.
The colourful and the really antique dress worn by the Bhutanese here carry a real significance and a great sense of attraction since thousands of years. Also, some of the tribal people here are indulged in the wearing of the dresses which are prepared out of the Yak or Sheep hair.
The annual religious festival of the villages in Bhutan is known as the Tshechu that is celebrated with utmost joy and happiness. The festival is organised in the religious hubs of this country with the participants seen dressed in their finest clothes for the celebration.
Top Activities in Bhutan
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Urban Adventures in Bhutan
The Kayaking activities have proved to be one of the most thrill-filled adventures in Bhutan. The river water in this country can serve as a best source for the facilitation of a Kayaking adventure. The Paro Valley situated in the Trongsa’s countryside is presently serving as a favourite spot for every traveller striving to try out the amazing Kayaking pastime. The Bhutan’s rivers are filling up each day due the continued melting of its glaciers and thus, as a result the water flow can prove to be a riskier one during March and April. However, one can experience these adventure filled tasks in November and December as the water flow and other similar conditions are calmer at this moment along with a pleasant weather.
Linking the valleys of Paro and Thimpu, the Druk Path is majorly acknowledged as one of the most eminent and the finest trekking adventures in the whole of Bhutan. It will go past the ancient trading route, rhododendron forests and also the varied beautiful lakes providing the visitors a peaceful scenario like never before. For sure, trekking is the most interesting way of exploring the beauty of a place but in an adventurous and the thrilling manner. During your trekking scenario with the Druk Path, you shall witness the spectacular beauty of the Mount Jumolhari situated in the Northern part. The conclusion point of this trek is none other than the capital city Thimphu that is already ready to give you some of the rarest glimpses of its tourists’ favourite spots.
Referred to as the one of the varied habitats of the Tiger, the Royal Manas Park is the most favoured spot for the purposes of Wildlife Safari. One may find wildlife species here and that too abundance that includes tiger, elephants, fishes, gaur, Giant Hornbill, rare Golden Langur and deer along with many others which can’t even fit in a bundle of words. The forest consists of a standardized tourist ledge in its middle serving the sole intention of the forest’s visitors’ comfortable and satisfactory accommodation. The National Park’s authorities are totally responsible for the facilitation of all the wildlife activities in the Royal Manas Park. These practices shall incorporate elephant back game viewing, canoe excursion, a drive on the jeep and many others.
After so long, the high hills and mountains are used for something more than only the process of flag hoisting. Now, one shall witness varied high graded Paragliding activities in these areas. One of these rightly used regions is the Phobjikha Valley. Indulge in the practice of Paragliding in the Phobjikha Valley and gain an experience that is surely going to conclude as a satisfactory one. Time to get awestruck by the thrill contained in this activity. Despite of being a new add on to the list of the ‘must try’ adventure sports in Bhutan, this has a true calibre of grabbing the first rank really soon with millions of visitors each year.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most popular trekking activities in Bhutan, the Jhomolhari Trek is an activity extending for a tenure of 8 days. In case you are striving to get some of the untouched glimpses of the mountains and also the lush green environment, the trekking is undoubtedly a great option for you. Here, you shall pass through the Bhonte La pass and also the Takhung La pass and finally reaching Mt. Jomolhari. In case you are here, having an experience of this adventure is definitely worthy of giving a try.