About Bhutan

National Sports:
Archery is the national sport in Bhutan. Bhutanese archery team participates in the Olympics. Archery tournaments and competitions are held throughout the country at all time of the year.

National Bird:
The raven represents the deity  Mahakala, one of the chief guardian deities of Bhutan.

National Animal:
With the body of a cow and head of a goat, Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. It lives in groups and is found above 4000 meters on the north-western and far north eastern parts of the country.

National Flower:
Blue Poppy grows to a height of 1 meter, and is found above the tree line on rocky mountain terrain. It was discovered in 1933 in a remote part of Sakteng in eastern Bhutan.

National Tree:
Large cypresses are found near every temples and monasteries. It is found between 1800 and 3500 meters. Its capacity to survive on rugged harsh terrain is compared to bravery and simplicity.

Language:
Dzongkha, the language of the dzong, is Bhutan’s national language. English is commonly spoken in the main towns and is the principal medium of instruction in schools throughout the kingdom.

Dress:
Men wear the Gho, a knee-length robe that is tied at the waist by a traditional belt known as Kera.Women wear the Kira, a long, ankle-length dress accompanied by a outer jacket,Tego with an inner layer known as a Wonju.
Bhutanese wear long scarves when visiting Dzongs and other administrative centers.The scarf worn by men is known as Kabney while those worn by women are known as Rachus.

Time Zone:
Bhutan time is 6 hours ahead of GMT with only one time zone throughout the country.

Currency:
Bhutan’s currency is Ngultrum (Nu.). The Ngultrum is fixed to the value of Indian rupee. Visa and American Express credit cards are more widely accepted than MasterCard’s. We have Bank branches and ATM facilities in all major towns.

Delicacy:
Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilies and cheese. All hotels and lodges offer delicious Chinese, Continental, Bhutanese ,Indian cuisines and International Cuisines.

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