Geography & Architecture
Bhutan's is a landlocked country with approximately 46,500 square kilometres in territory. It is a himalayan nation sandwiched between China to the North and India to the South. Bhutan is divided into 22 Dzongkhags and further into 201 gewogs.
North consist of the himalayas where mountain peaks can easily reach seven thousand meters. The high peaks have perpetual snow and the hewn gorges have high wind all year round making them barren brown wind tunnels in summer and frozen wastelands in winter. The blizzards generated in the north each winter often drift south into the central highlands.
The mountain peak Gangkar Puensum which has the distinction of being the highest unclimbed mountain in the world is at 7,570 metres. Bhutan has a series of passes that include Chele La (3780 m) between Haa and Paro valley, Dochu La (3116 m) between Thimphu to Punakha highway with 108 chortens, Pele La (3390 m) to the East of Wangdue Phodrang, and Yotong La, Thrumshing La, and Kori La (2298 m) are found along the eastern highway.
South consists mostly tropical plains with a large agricultural land producing mostly rice. The country ranks amongst the top ten countries in the world in terms of speceis where more than 770 species of avifauna and more than 165 species of mammals including endangered species like Red Panda, Golden Langur and Snow Leopard exist.
Geography of Bhutan
||Kula Gangri (7,553 m)
||Drangme Chu (97 m)
||400 km2 (2003)
||Timber, Hydropower, Gypsum, Calcium Carbonate
||Arable Land Permanent Crops
||Violent Storms, Landslides, Soil Erosion