The last Shangri La on Earth-Bhutan, an essential travel guide to the "land of the dragon" Travelers will find comprehensive information about this mystic land’s diversity-geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history. The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small landlocked country in South Asian region; it is located in the eastern Himalayas range, and bordered by India and China.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is home to a population of about 691,141, spread over an area of about 47,000 sq. km., with about 70 percent of the land area under the forest cover conserved. Mostly the population lives in the central highlands areas and almost two-third of total population are classified as rural inhabitants as a cultural and traditional life style. The landscape is mostly hilly, with alpine peaks in the north areas close to Tibet, and some sub-tropical plains in the south parts. Bhutan’s Per capita gross national income (GNI), one of the highest in South Asia, has consistently risen from $730 in 2000 to $1,900 in 2008 and up to this date getting more up.
Bhutan’s fact quick look
Location: Southern Asia region, between China and India
Climate: varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valley; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas
Topography: Mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna