Interesting Facts about Bhutan

Bhutan Travel: 15 Interesting facts about Bhutan you didn’t know.


  1. Tourism in Bhutan began in 1974 coinciding with the coronation of the 4th King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wanchuck – with the arrival of 287 tourist in the same year. Bhutan tourism corporation, a tourism regulatory body was formed in the same year.
  2. As most citizens don’t know their date of birth, the government listed them as born on New Year’s Day in their identity cards. As such, all citizens officially become one year older on New Year’s Eve.
  3. At 24,840 feet, Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan—and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
  4. Plastic bags are banned in Bhutan.
  5. Bhutan is the only country in the world where there is a festival to welcome migrating birds.
  6. Animal slaughter is banned in Bhutan.
  7. The University of Texas at El Paso, USA, has been built in traditional Bhutanese architectural style.
  8. In Bhutan, inheritance is generally passed on to the daughter rather than the son. And so, after marriage, a man often moves into the home of his new wife.
  9. Television and Internet came to Bhutan only in 1999.
  10. Bhutan is the only country in the world that has no traffic lights.
  11. Chili is the main dish in Bhutan. All other dishes merely take up space along the edge of the plate.
  12. Bhutan is the first country in the world to ban tobacco.
  13. Bhutan is the only country in the world that is carbon negative – meaning that it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it emits.
  14. Bhutan got its first paved road only in 1962.
  15. The Bhutanese believe that phalluses help ward off evil. Hence it is common to find phallus drawings in most houses.