Bhutan at a Glance

Total Area        :

38,394 square kilometers

Geography       :

Landlocked between China (Tibet) and India

Altitude            :           

100m above sea level in the South to over 7,500 m. above sea leve in the North.

Population       :

646,851 (2006)

Language         :

Bhutan’s official language is Dzongkha while English is widely spoken

Religion           :

Mahayana Buddhism in its Tantric form

Capital                         :


Political System:

Democratic Constitutional Monarchy

Time                :

6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time

Currency          :

Ngultrum (at par with Indian rupee) 1US$ = Nu.38.75 (Jan, 2008)

Terrain             :



It can be divided into three major parts:

Geographic regions from North to South; the high Himalayas of North, the hills and valleys of the central and the foothills and plains of the South.

Forest coverage :

72.5% of the land area

Cultivated area :

7.8% of total land

Altitude             :

100 m above sea level in the south to over 7,500 m above sea level in the north

Longitude         :

88 45’ - 92 10’ East

Latitude             :

26 45’ - 28 15’ North

Life expectancy:

66 yrs

Local time         :

6 hrs ahead of GMT and half an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time