Location: Southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas
Land area: 38,394 square kilometres
Forest cover: 72 percent
Altitude: Between 240 and 7541 metres above sea level
Population: 768,577 (Year 2016)
Language: Dzongkha is the official language. English is widely spoken.
Religion: Predominantly Vajrayana Buddhism. Hinduism and other religions also practiced.
Currency: Ngultrum (Nu.), at par with the Indian Rupee
Exchange rate: USD 1 = NU. 67.10. Up-to-date rates available at https://www.rma.org.bt
Bhutan Standard Time: BST is 6 hours ahead of GMT (GMT + 6)
Electricity: 220/240 Volts with round-hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets
Country dialing code: +975
Climate: Three distinct climatic zones i.e. hot and humid southern belt, cool temperature central zone, and alpine northern region
Weather: The month of March is generally dry and is when spring sets in. It can still be chilly and a light jacket is advisable. Average temperatures in Thimphu range from a high of 16.4 degree Celsius to a low of 3.9 degree Celsius
Food: Traditional Bhutanese and an increasing variety of regional and international cuisine are available. Visit http://www.zhimmey.com for details on what’s on the menu in local restaurants and cafes.
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