Bhutan is a small landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas bordered by China in the North and India on the other 3 sides. Bhutan has a total land area of 38,394 square kilometers and measures approximately 150 kilometers North to South and 300 kilometers East to West. The landscape is characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys ranging from 150 meters in the sub-tropical valleys in the southern foothills, through temperate zone to heights exceeding 7000 meters in the alpine regions of the mountains.
In Bhutan, every district has a major Dzong. A Dzong has the office of the district governor. The district monastic body also resides in the Dzong. When visiting a Dzong, a Bhutanese will dress up formally, wearing all the appropriate regalia. A Bhutanese will never enter a Dzong in western clothes.
Other than Indian nationals, and Bangladeshi nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa. Bhutanese visas are issued only from Thimphu.
The national flag of Bhutan consists of a white dragon over a yellow and orange background. The flag is divided diagonally from the lower hoist side corner, making two triangles. The upper triangle is yellow and the lower triangle is orange. The dragon is centered along the dividing line, facing away from the hoist side.
I am putting up this Bhutan map for free download after listening to many visitors complaining about the unavailability of a high quality map of Bhutan on the internet. This is just my first attempt, so please bear with the non-creativity. In the future, I plan to make this map more attractive, and informative.
Nestled between India and China, Bhutan is one of the most exclusive countries in the world and a real treat for tourists who can get in. From quaint farming villages to magical forests to mountains where yetis supposedly live, Bhutan is a place which has escaped the civilized touch of the rest of the world.
As per the decision taken during the 4th TCB meeting, the revision of tourist tariff to be effective from 1st July, 2009.
The tariff for peak months will be USD 250.00 per person per night with 10% agent’s commission. The tariff for the regular months will be USD 200.00 per night with 10% agent’s commission.
The Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) move to increase the tariff for tourists entering the country from US$200 to 250 beginning next year has been welcomed by the Bhutanese tour operators.
The revision is to help tour operators deal better with inflation, said an official from the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO).