Wonderful Bhutan is a unique nation both culturally and environmentally. This country is a landlocked country with a population of 7.63 lakh in the eastern Himalayas.
It is the smallest country in the world. But its cultural diversity and richness are very great.
Few impressive facts you need to know:
- Bhutan is a carbon-negative country. Most importantly, It is the only carbon-negative nation on the Earth. Consequently, it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces.
- It has introduced Gross National Happiness (GNH). Since It does not believe in GDP as an indicator of economic growth and development. Therefore, this unique nation prevails happiness over GDP.
- Four pillars or quantitative pointers for the measure of GNH are:- sustainable development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, good governance, and a healthy environment.
- It is strictly against the use of plastic bags. It says no to plastic bags.
- The most deadly airport to land on in the whole world is Paro Airport in Bhutan. Only 8 pilots are restricted to fly to Paro Airport.
- Healthy Fact– smoking and usage of tobacco goods are banned in public places in Bhutan. Example-cinema halls, restaurants, streets, etc.
- Also, It created designated areas for smokers. However, there is an arrest of 3 to 5 years for lawbreakers.
- Further, Bhutan is the first smoke-free nation.
- Religion: The most practiced religion in this country is Buddhism. State religion: Vajrayana Buddhism.
- The highest mountain in Bhutan is Gangkhar Puensum. Also, it is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. It has a height of 7570 meters. Besides, It bans the way to the mountain since 1987.
Land of the Thunder dragon-Bhutan
Why Bhutan is called the Land of the Thunder Dragons?
Bhutanese people term their country ‘Druk Yul’ or ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon‘. The reason is the large and violent storms coming down from the Himalayas. Hence, they believe the dazzling light of thunder is the fire from a dragon.
Author– Pragya Verma
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