GENERAL INFORMATION

Clothing: From May to September, cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woolen sweater or a light jacket. From November to the end of April, you will need a warm clothes including long underwear or woolen tights to wear under trousers and a down jacket or coat. Casual clothes are good enough, but would be more appropriate to have a set of dress-up clothes (coat & tie for men, dresses for women).You will need a sweater or a light jacket in the evening during summer. An umbrella is a 'must' in all seasons. Comfortable sports shoes are strongly recommended, mountain boots are not necessary unless you plan to go trekking. Bhutanese are conservative and wear the national dress. If you are going to government officials, attend festivals or invited to a Bhutanese home a descent dress is recommended.

Following items are recommended to be brought along:
Underwear (including thermal for cold weather)
Swimming costume (for the hotel swimming pool in Punakha)
Cotton trousers
Cotton skirt for women
Pile jacket or sweater, even during summer
Down jacket in winter.
T-shirts or short sleeved (not sleeveless) cottong shirts
Sports/walking shoes
Sandals
Rain jacket or an umbrella
Dress up clothes for festivals/occasions
Sun Glass/Cap.

If you are trekking, then carry a sleeping bag.

Transport: Most places in the country are well connected by roads. We have our own luxury buses and other means of transport can be easily arranged.

Geography:
Total Area : 46,500 square kms
150 km. North to south
300 km. East to West.

Terrain : It can be divided into three major geographic regions from North to South; the high Himalayas of the North, the hills and valleys of the Central and the foothills and plains of the South.
Forest Area : 72.5 per cent of the land area
Cultivated area : 7.8 percent of the total land
Altitude : 100 m. above sea level in the South to over 7,500 m. above sea level in the North.
Longitude : 88 45í and 92 10íEast.
Latitude : 26 45í and 28 15í North.

Climate: The country can be divided into three distinct climatic zones corresponding broadly to the three main geographical divisions. The southern belt has a hot, humid climate while central Bhutan has a cool temperate climate while the northern region has severe alpine climate and is perpetually under snow. Rainfall can differ within relatively short distances due to rain shadow effects.

Natural Resources: Minerals : Dolomite, Limestone, gypsum, slate, coal, talc, marble, zinc, lead, copper, tungsten, quartzite.

Crops: Rice, maize, wheat, potato, millet, buckwheat, orange, apple, cardamom.

Hydro Power : According to survey reports the potential is 30,000 MW.

(2001 estimate) population: 6,98,950.
Males: 50.5 percent
Females : 49.5 percent
Annual per Capita = US$ 712.8.



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PO. Box 1419, Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: 975-2-326818, 325743, 329116 and Fax : 975-2-326818