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11. Druk Yul is the name of Bhutan in local language. In English, Druk Yul literally translates into Thunder Dragon. So, Bhutan is the land of Thunder Dragon and the leaders of the country are known as Druk Gyalpo, which translates into ‘Thunder Dragon Kings’.
12. Bhutan never measures its success with its Gross Domestic Product. Instead, it has a different index which is Gross National Happiness (GNH). So yes, Bhutanese are happy, Bhutan is successful. GNH is measured in terms of protection of environment, preservation of nature, promotion of socio-economic development that is sustainable and of course, Good Governance.
13. Climbing any mountain higher than 6,000 meters is restricted in Bhutan. This makes the Gangkhar Puensum mountain the highest unclimbed mountain in this world. The mountain is 7,570 meters high.
14. Paro Airport in Bhutan is so dangerous that there are only 8 pilots in this world who are qualified to land in the airport.
15. Marijuana grows in wild in Bhutan. It is far more abundant than common grass. Guess what? No one smokes. The Marijuana that grows in Bhutan is a major source of pig food.
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16. Anyone plans on invading Bhutan needs to face the Indian Armed Forces. Yes, India has pledged to protect Bhutan from invading forces. As a result of this arrangement, India and China had a military stand off of Doklam Pass – a trijunction point between India, Bhutan and China – when China tried to build roads in Doklam Plateau claimed by Bhutan.
17. With a complete ban on sale and use of pesticides and fertilizers, Bhutan is the only country in the world to fully embrace traditional organic farming.
18. Travelers from around the world are required to pay USD 250 daily tariff. Against this money, the traveler gets a hotel provided by the state and a tour guide. The a part of this money goes into educating the Bhutanese children. Bangladesh, Maldives and India are the only three countries whose citizens don’t need to pay the daily tariff. Only a legal ID card is enough for people from these three countries to enter Bhutan.
19. Bhutan has a land ceiling act that was introduced by the 4th King of Bhutan. It prohibits anyone from owning more than 25 acres of land and that includes royal family members, ministers and politicians as well.
20. There are two national sports in Bhutan – Darts and Archery. During archery matches people just become foul mouthed and they bully the opponent players.