Facts and Figures

Bhutan, is traditionally called ‘Druk Yul’. It is a land-locked country with no access to sea. It is located in the eastern Himalayas bordered by India in the south, east and west and by the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China in the north. It has an area of 46,500 Sq. Km. between latitudes 26 45 0 North and 28 10 0 North and between longitudes 88 45 0 east and 92 10 0 east. At its longest east-west dimension, Bhutan stretches around 300 kilometers and it measures 170 kilometer at its maximum north-south dimension. Bhutan shares about 1075 km of land boundaries with its neighbours – China 470 km, India 605 km. It is roughly the size of Switzerland.

Facts and Figures

Land area: 38,394 square kilometers
Forest area: 72.5 %
Altitude: Between 240metres and 7541metres above sea level
Inhabitants: 634,982
Language: Official language “Dzongkha”, English widely spoken
Religion: Vajrayana stream of Mahayana Buddhism (Also known as Tantric Buddhism)
Currency: Ngultrum (equal to Indian Rupee)
Capital: Thimphu
National Tree: Cypress
National Bird: Raven
National Flower: Blue Poppy
National Sport: Archery
National Animal: Takin
Local time: Six hours ahead of GMT and half an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time