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Is Bhutan Poor Or Rich?

Is Bhutan rich or a poor country?

Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the whole wide world. Don’t know where Bhutan is? If you look at the globe, you will hardly find Bhutan because it’s just a small dot sandwiched between two huge countries like India and China.

So, no one who hasn’t traveled to Bhutan would not believe me if I told them that a country so small is very rich, of course not wealthy in terms of the economy like other countries but Bhutan is covered with luxurious green forests, ample varieties of floras and faunas, breathtaking vast Himalayan snow-capped mountains and the smiling faces of the people who warms your heart just by a glance.

Lush green forests of Bhutan.

Into the meadows and the lush green forests of Bhutan

Bhutan is small, with over 70% of the country covered in forests. It is the only carbon-negative country as it absorbs approximately seven million tons of carbon dioxide annually and produces two million tons. To counteract the country’s contribution towards carbon emissions by millions of tons yearly, Bhutan also exports most of the renewable hydroelectric power generated from the river.

If you travel to Bhutan, even after twenty years or so, the country is still going to be covered in the forest because it has a policy of maintaining 60% under forest cover, and it’s going to remain in perpetuity. Hiking into the woods, breathing the scent of earth, and soaking nothing but positivity, what more can you ask for the right?

Floras and faunas of Bhutan 

Wake up to the chirping sounds of birds

Bhutan is a country filled with the most exotic and beautiful natures and varieties of natural vegetation. Even extremely rare animals are found because of the conservation efforts of Bhutan. There are around five hundred species of medicinal plants like magnolias, junipers, orchids, varied hues, etc. trees like fir, pine, and oaks are common in Bhutan. Also, 46 species of rhododendrons, 5400 types of vascular plants and 260 genera of orchids are found in the country.

Animals like snow leopards, Bengal tigers, red pandas, and many more populate the high mountains’ dense forests. Down in the south, it’s filled with tropical forest which inhabits animals like clouded leopards, one-horned rhinos, elephants, etc. Bhutan is where people, animals, and nature all live harmoniously. 

High ridge mountains of Bhutan 

Find your peace in the Himalayas

The main reason on what makes Bhutan famous for is for its mountains, it is one of the most prominent natural geographic features of the kingdom. The mountains of Bhutan are divided into three main geographic zones; the great Himalaya, the lower Himalayan range, and the sub-Himalayan range. The elevations of the rugged mountain terrains range from more than 7000 meters to 160 meters above sea level.

The country’s highest and most un-climbed mountain is Gangkhar Puensum, elevated at 7,570 meters and 24,836 ft above sea level. Jomolhari is famous among tourists traveling to Bhutan, and it ranks as the third tallest mountain in Bhutan with an elevation of 7,326 meters above sea level it is also sometimes known as the “bride of Kangchenjunga.” Freddie Spencer Chapman made the first ascent in the year 1937.  

If you are planning a trekking holiday in Bhutan to a place where a host of crystal clear lakes shimmer in the bright sunlight, then you should try Dagala and the thousand lakes trek. Dagala is one of the most iconic places, and you will not want to miss this trek if you ever visit Bhutan.

The country of Happiness, GNH(Gross National Happiness)

Smiling face – peaceful and content

As I wrote earlier, Bhutan may be poor in terms of economy, but there surely is an adequate amount of richness in the smiles and happiness of the people. What more can we ask for than happiness? Bhutan’s fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the early 1970s spoke about Gross National Happiness.

His majesty firmly believes that as a sign of progressive development for the Bhutanese people, happiness is an indicator. Bhutan’s ancient legal code of 1629 stressed that Bhutanese laws must promote happiness for all sentient beings and, in addition, stated,” if the government cannot create happiness for its people, then there is no purpose for the government to exist.” For debates on real human development, Bhutan is considered a living example. Tourists who come for a holiday to Bhutan enjoy the peacefulness of the country, the fresh, breathing air, and most importantly, the smiling face of the Bhutanese. 

Bhutan’s lavish culture

A country rich in culture and tradition

The lush green valleys, the holy monasteries, the pristine rivers, and the people of Bhutan hold much more than what meets the eye. The people traveling to Bhutan are mostly fascinated by the country’s culture and the people’s determination to preserve and promote cultural values. The colorful festivals, unique architecture, spicy foods, and beautifully woven traditional dresses all contribute to how rich Bhutan’s culture is.

The culture of Bhutan is one of the few cultures in the world which celebrates the source of pride for every citizen. The people are seen respecting and embracing the unique cultures and work hard to preserve and promote the values set forth.

With Bhutan’s rich culture and biodiversity, our economic rate might be low, but that doesn’t stop Bhutan from conserving the green forests, which makes the country a carbon-negative country. It doesn’t make the country poor from the beautiful floral blooms and protecting different fauna species. The high ridge mountains allure people from all around the world.

Bhutan is surely rich in the smiles and happiness of the citizens, and it is one of few countries where people preserve and promote their culture and tradition.  Want to book a trip to Bhutan with us? You can either click this link or visit our website Namgay Adventure Travels and find out about all our detailed itineraries and tours.

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