Lying in the skirts of Himalaya, Bhutan is the smallest of all the countries in Asia. The size of the place is nothing in front of the large facts which it holds. Here are few facts about Bhutan that one should add to their treasure of knowledge:
2. Gross Domestic Product turned into Gross Domestic Happiness in 1972 by King Jigme Wangchuk. Unlike other countries, the prosperity of the country is measured by the well-being of its citizens, cultural and national belonging to the roots along with the amount with which the citizens are satisfied with the governance. The revolutionary concept of "Happiness" is something which makes Bhutan stand out of the queue.
3. It is a hub of Marijuana fields to an extent that it grows even more than the common grass. Pigs are fed on Marijuana which makes them have a great appetite, resulting in a yummy bacon.
4. It is the only country whose largest export is a renewable energy. It produces hydroelectricity for India which is supplied to the states of Delhi, Assam, etc.
5. It is the only Carbon sink in the world. This means that it intakes more CO2 than it actually exhales in the environment.
6. It is the country of Buddha. Buddhism in widely followed by more than 75% of the population of Bhutan.
7. Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan which no mountain climber has yet registered its name on. With 24,840 ft height, it stands as the candidate for being the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
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8. The first country to put forward specific constitutional obligations on its people to protect the environment they live in. It is necessary that at least 60% of the nation is under the forest cover at all times. Hence, it could be called as the greenest country.
9. The only country where NO TOBBACO theme is actually followed. Under the "Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010" , the cultivation and sale of tobacco is completely banned.
10. Thimphu is one of the two capitals in Asia where there are no traffic lights. A traffic police officer is assigned at the intersection instead of glowing traffic lights.
11. "Phallus" are believed to carve out the evil from the house, hence every house in Bhutan has it on its walls. The tradition of painting an erect penis on walls started way back in 14th century.
12. Food at first when offered is to be refused. According to Bhutanese tradition, one has to say "meshu meshu" and has to cover their mouth while food is offered. They can accept it in second or the third time.
13. If caught under the allegations of Hunting, the person is straightaway imprisoned for up to 15 years, without the case even reaching to the court.
14. Medical treatments within the country are completely free for the citizens. If a medical problem requires a treatment which could only be provided in some other part of the world then the expense is borne by the government.
15. Marriages here are like a dream come true for the bride's family. Unlike bride leaving her house after marriage, here the groom does that and lives with bride's family after marriage.
16. It is one of the last countries to introduce television to its citizens. The citizens first encountered the world of television 11-12 years ago.
17. Only 8 pilots in the world are currently certified to land at Paro Airport, the only International Airport in Bhutan. As it is located in between the deadly valleys of Himalayan peaks, the landing gets dangerous.
18. Raven over King's head! Yes, the kings wear hat surmounted by Raven known as Dzongkha or Ravens crown. The Raven symbolizes the Guardian Deity of Mahakala. Also, it is the national bird of Bhutan.
These are some interesting facts about Bhutan which is even smaller than Gujarat, India. Small doesn't actually mean small, this is clearly proved by Bhutan's prosperity, customs and regulations which has made it an extra-ordinary country.