Let's learn about our neighbours: Now comes BhutanAfter Nepal, it's now turn of Bhutan. Frankly speaking, we know very little about this beautiful country and its happy people. Yes, Bhutanese are at the top of the Happiness Index of the world. Let's learn some amazing facts about Bhutan and its people.
(a) Bhutan means 'Land of Thunder Dragons'. This is due to the fierce Himalayan storms which are witnessed in this country.
(b) Bhutan was recognised by the United Nations only in 1974.
(c) As per Bhutanese Constitution, the citizens are under obligation to protect the environment. Killing of highly endangered black-necked crane may cause life imprisonment.
(d) Bhutan's capital Thimpu has no traffic light.
(e) Smokers don't like it and non-smokers are delighted about it! Bhutan is the only country where sale of tobacco is banned.
(f) Bhutan is the last country to introduce television and internet. These were allowed only in 2005.
(g) Bhutan's national sport is a special type of archery in which players participate wearing national costume.
(h) Bhutan's national animal is Takin (burdorcas taxicolor), which is itself a very unusual animal.
(i) Gankhar Puensum is the highest peak of Bhutan. It is also the highest mountain which people have not yet climbed.
(j) Every citizen of Bhutan has only one official birthday, i.e., 1st January. Officially people become one year older on this date.
Have you ever visited this beautiful land and its happy people? Do visit Bhutan. Indians don't require visa to visit this wonderful country.