Be it among the smallest countries, Bhutan has stored a lot in its laps. There are certain interesting facts about Bhutan which are less known.Lying in the skirts of Himalaya, it is the most beautiful and peaceful country. The size of the place is nothing in front of the large facts it holds. Here are few facts about Bhutan that one should add to their treasure of knowledge:
Quick Facts About Bhutan
1.The powerful name
In the traditional Bhutanese language, the name of Bhutan is ‘DRUK YUL’ which means Land of Thunder Dragon.
2. The scale of being HAPPY
Gross Domestic Product turned into Gross Domestic Happiness in 1972 by King Jigme Wangchuk. The well-being of the citizens, natural and cultural belonging to roots and the satisfaction with the governance are the measures of judging the prosperity of the country. The revolutionary concept of “Happiness” is something which adds glitter to its name.
3. Great MARIJUANA Creator
Marijuana grows even more than the common grass. It is a hub of Marijuana cultivation. Also, Pigs are fed on Marijuana which makes them have a great appetite. This bears result in form of a yummy bacon.
4.Savior and Exporter of renewable energy
It is the only country who uses its resources in a way that it has become the largest export is a renewable energy. It produces hydroelectricity and trades with India. It is supplied to the states of Delhi, Assam, etc.
5. Carbon Sink
It is the only Carbon neutral and the net sink of greenhouse gasses in the world. This means that it intakes more Carbon dioxide than it actually exhales in the environment.
6. Great followers of Buddhism
It is the country of Buddha and Vajrayana Buddhism. Buddhism in widely followed by more than 75% of the population of Bhutan. Due to this Monasteries and Convents are very common in Bhutan. Some monasteries are The Taktsang Monastery, Tango Monastery, and Tongsa ( also known as Doors of Heaven).
7. Peak yet to be climbed
Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan which no mountain climber has yet not been completely climb. With 24,840 ft height, no mountaineer has registered his name on the point yet. Hence, It stands as the candidate for being the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
8. The Green Planet
It is the first country to put forward specific constitutional obligations on its people to protect the environment they live in. According to this, it is necessary that at least 60% of the nation is under the forest cover at all times. Hence, it is called the greenest country.
9. Health comes first
It is the only country where NO TOBBACO theme is actually followed. Under the “Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010,” both the cultivation and sale of tobacco are completely banned. This ensures that people are living a healthy lifestyle.
10. No Traffic Lights
Thimphu is one of the two capitals in Asia where there are no traffic lights. A traffic police officer is assigned at the intersection instead of glowing traffic lights who is responsible for controlling the traffic. This shows how obediently the people of Bhutan follow every rule laid by the government.
11. Unique art on the walls
“Phallus” are believed to carve out the evil from the house. Therefore, every house in Bhutan has it on its walls. The tradition of painting an erect penis on walls started way back in 14th century and is followed till the present day.
12. Traditions never heard before
The tradition of refusing Food at first is followed. According to Bhutanese tradition, one has to say “meshu meshu” and has to cover their mouth while food is offered to them. They can accept it in second or the third time.
13. Strict Rules
If caught under the allegations of Hunting, the person is straightaway imprisoned for up to 15 years, without the case even reaching to the court. The strict rules have made country’s Flora and Fauna flourish.
14. Free Medical treatment
The Medical treatments within the country are completely free for the citizens. The expense of the treatment is borne by the government if a problem requires being treated outside the country.
15.Different Marriage Ritual
The old school dream of every bride’s parent of keeping her with themselves even after her marriage comes true here in Bhutan. The role reversal takes place as unlike bride leaving her house, the groom does that and lives with bride’s family after marriage.
Only 8 pilots in the world are certified to land at Paro Airport which is the only International Airport in Bhutan. It is located in between the deadly valleys of Himalayan peaks which the landing gets dangerous.
Raven over King’s head! Yes, the king wears hat surmounted by Raven. It is known as Dzongkha or Ravens crown. The Raven symbolizes the Guardian Deity of Mahakala. Also, it is the national bird of Bhutan.
These are some great facts about Bhutan, the country that withholds great uniqueness. Small doesn’t actually mean small, this is clearly proved by Bhutan’s customs, prosperity, and regulations which have made it an extra-ordinary country.
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