Bhutan is sandwiched between the two giant countries that is Tibet(China) to the north and India to the south. It has a population of less than seven hundred thousand. Although it measures only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 from east to west, Bhutan - called by its people Druk Yul, "the Land of the Thunder Dragon" -- is home to a remarkable variety of climates and ecosystems. Essentially, the country is divided into three major land regions: plains and river valleys in the south; a mid-Himalayan (5,000 to 14,000 ft. high) area north of the valleys; and the mountainous lands in the Himalayas, which range from 14,000 to 24,000 ft. above sea level. Therefore, it is rich in biodiversity. In addition, Bhutan was one of the most isolated places on the planet until 1960's. Due to this fact, Bhutan has pristine environment and culture. Here are some of the interesting facts about Bhutan:
- 72% of the total land is still under forest cover.
- The constitution of Bhutan mandates to maintain 60% of forest cover for all times to come.
- Bhutan's development philosophy is based on Gross National Happiness (GNH) (What is GNH? Watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zqdqa4YNvI)
- First country to ban the sell of tobacco.
- In 2008, Bhutan became constitutional democratic monarchy.
- No back packers allowed in Bhutan.
- Bhutan is home for 770 species of birds and 5400 species of plants.
- 50% of land falls under protected areas.
If you are interested to know more about Bhutan or want to travel there, I have a link posted on my blog. Or you could directly contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.