A tiny country tucked in the laps of Himalayas, eyed by the Chinese to be consumed in as a territory of China, protected by India via a bilateral agreement, Bhutan is a fascinating land with some of the most unbelievable facts you will ever encounter. In this article on Bhutan facts, we will sum up 20 such incredible facts that will leave you surprised. They will sound a bit unrealistic but hey, they are true. So, let us begin…
Bhutan Facts: 1-5
1. Bhutan is a carbon negative country! What really does that mean? It means that Bhutan absorbs more carbon dioxide than what it actually produces.
2. Bhutanese constitution says that 2/3rd of the country needs to be covered by forests and guess what? 72% of the country is actually covered by forests.
3. Renewable energy is the primary export item of the country. The renewable energy it exports is hydroelectricity and the buyer of that energy is her neighbor India.
4. Takin – a really weird looking animal is Bhutan’s national animal. This animal is often referred to as the goat-antelope but the truth is that its body resembles that of a yak and its head resembles that of a goat.
5. There’s a legend that describes the origins of Takin. It is said that a Divine Madman created the Takin using the bones of a goat and a yak. Interestingly Takin is found only and only in Bhutan. What’s even weirder is that Takin feeds on bamboo!
Bhutan Facts: 6-10
6. Did you know that most of the Bhutanese are actually meat-lovers and yet, Bhutan has a law of not killing or slaughtering animals? The meat that is consumed in Bhutan is imported from India. So, animals in Bhutan just roam around freely.
7. Bhutan is the world’s last country to open doors for television and internet. Ban on TV was lifted in 1999 and ban on internet was lifted in 2001.
8. The capital of the country – Thimpu has absolutely no traffic lights! No one needs a traffic light there because not only the locals drive slowly and are patient but also, the number of cars there are pretty low.
9. Smoking in Bhutan is banned. It has been so in the country since 1916 but an act was formally passed in 2010 which banned tobacco trade. However, good news for smokers is that they can carry cigarettes or tobacco with them. Only bummer is that smoking needs to be indoor.
10. In 1999, Bhutan officially said no to Plastic. Plastics are banned in Bhutan but not many people listened so another official reinforcement came in 2005. The progress is still slow and Bhutan is contemplating using her plastic wastes for road building.