This page is designed to give a very brief overview of Bhutan. For more in-depth information and descriptions, please go the "Links" page (click here or see Menu).

Where is Bhutan?

Tucked away in the Himalayas to the East of Nepal and Sikkim and to the North of Bangladesh, Bhutan has common international boundaries only with India and Tibet.

The terrain ranges from the plains of Northern India (almost at sea level) through to the highest Himalyan peaks. The highest mountain in Bhutan is Kulha Gangri at an altitude of 7554 m. (almost 24,800 ft)

South Asia

South Asia Map


Bhutan Map

Vital statistics

Bhutan extends approximately 300 Km East-West by 150 Km North-South covering an area of 46,500 Km2 (slightly more than the Netherlands. The population is variously estimated at between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000.

Culture & Religion

Bhutan is the world's last remaining Buddhist monarchy with a King who is revered throughout the country. The official and most widespread religion is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism similar to that practised is Tibet.

Paro Dzong

Paro Dzong

Buddhism is an integral part of official and personal life in Bhutan and plays a major role in all aspects of Bhutanese society. There are in excess of 2000 religious buildings in Bhutan, the most prominent and architecturally spectacular being the Dzongs (see Menu item for further information)

Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu

The Economy

Whilst the majority (85%) of Bhutanese live as subsistence farmers, the most significant sources of goverment revenue are hydroelectic power (exported to India) and tourism. Other minor export products include mushrooms, timber and minerals.

Tourism is mainly focussed on trekking, the environment and Bhutanese culture. Some of the most important events are the annual Tshechus held annually in several locations. These are extremely important religious festivals whose visual attraction is the dancing of the monks