By : Sherab
Bhutan means : Identification. Druk-yul means “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Most Bhutanese refer to their homeland as Druk-yul, the original and still official name. Bhutan, the name given to the country by the British, is the name used for most official and international business and reference. The name Bhutan may be derived from the ancient Indian term “Bhotania,” which means “end of the land of the Bhots” (Tibet).
Location and Geography
Bhutan is located in the northern area of South Asia and is also in the eastern Himalayan mountain area. It is 18,000 square miles (46,620 square kilometers) in size and is bordered in the north by the People’s Republic of China and to the
south, east, and west by India.
Bhutan’s national language is Dzongkha. Most of the schools conduct classes in English, although more textbooks are being written in Dzongkha. Different dialects are spoken by residents of the east and west, which sometimes makes it difficult for them to understand each other.