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Bhutan At A Glimpse


Land area 38,394 square kilometers
Green area 80% forest cover and 50% environmentally protected parkland
Altitude Between 180m. To 7,550m.above sea level
Local time 6hrs. ahead of GMT
Population 730,000 (approx.)
Capital Thimphu (named after the rock into which the guardian protector,  Genyen, immersed himself)
Language Dzongkha (English is the medium of education from kindergarten)
State Religion Mahayana Buddhism
Currency Ngultrum at par with the Indian rupee.
Electricity- 220/240 volts

flagNational Flag: The rectangular national flag is divided diagonally with a  roaring white dragon unifying the two parts. The upper yellow half of the flag signifies secularism authority. The lower half of the flag is orange, representing the religion and spiritual essence of Buddhism. The dragon signifies the thunder dragon after which the country is named. Its white colour represents purity and the jewels it holds in its claws represents the country’s wealth. The snarling mouth of the dragon expresses the strength of the male and female deities that protect and safeguard the kingdom.

National Anthem: In the Thunder Dragon Country adorned with sandalwood,
The protector who guards the teachings of the dual system,
He, the precious and glorious ruler, causes dominion to spread,
While his unchanging person abides in constancy,
As the doctrine of the Lord Buddha flourishes,
May the sun and peace of happiness shine on the people.

emblemNational Emblem: The national emblem enclosed in a circle, is a double diamond thunderbolt placed above a lotus, framed by two dragons, and crowned by a jewel. The double diamond thunderbolt represents the harmony between the secular and religious power and the two dragons (male and female), illustrate the name of the country “the thunder dragon” ( Druk Yuel). The lotus symbolizes purity and the jewel symbolizes sovereign power.



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