|Area||38,394 sq km|
|Time Zone||6 hours ahead of GMT|
|Language||Dzongkha (official) English widely spoken|
|Country Dialing Code||+975|
Bhutan lies along the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayas, bordered by China (Tibet) to the north and northwest, and by the India to the south and south-east respectively.
With an area of 38,394 square km., Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland both in its size and topography. The mighty Himalayas protected Bhutan from the rest of the world and left it blissfully untouched through the centuries. The Drukpa Kagyupa school of Mahayana Buddhism provided the essence of a rich culture and a fascinating history. The Bhutanese people protected this sacred heritage and unique identity for centuries by choosing to remain isolated. Bhutan opened to tourism in 1974, after the coronation of the fourth King, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
Today, Bhutan is considered as world’s most exclusive tourist destination by travelers around the globe. Bhutan still retains all the charm of the old world and travelers experience the full glory of this ancient land. The monastic fortresses (Dzong), ancient temples, monasteries (Lhakhang) and stupas (Chortens) found across the countryside, prayer flags fluttering on the hillsides and the warm smiles and genuine friendliness of the people greet the visitors.