Bhutan is best known to the world today as the last Shangrila. The few visitors who make the rare journey into this extraordinary kingdom will discover that there is no other destination like this land of pure and exotic mysticism. In this country known as Druk Yul, or the ‘Land of the Peaceful Dragon’, the fortunate visitor will find a rare combination of harmony and accord, amidst a landscape of incredible natural beauty.
The Royal Government of Bhutan recognizes that tourism is a world-wide phenomenon and an important means of achieving socioeconomic development particularly for developing countries like Bhutan. It also recognizes that tourism, in affording the opportunity to travel, can help in promoting understanding among people and building closer ties of friendship based on appreciation and respect for different cultures and lifestyles.
Towards achieving this objective, the Royal Government, since inception of tourism in the year 1974, has adopted a very cautious approach to the growth and development of tourism.. The Bhutanese tourism industry is based on the principle of sustainability that is ‘tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable’.
Kuensel, Bhutan Observer and The Bhutan Times are the local news papers published in English. Kuensel is also published in local language Dzongkha and Nepali.
Newspaper are also online:
Radio and TV
Bhutan Broadcasting Service has programmes in Dzongkha, English and Nepali. Television started in the year 2000 and various channels are now available for the viewers such as BBC, CNN, Discovery, Star TV, ESPN etc..
‘Dzongkha’, one of the Tibetan family of languages is Bhutan’s national language. English is commonly spoken in main towns and also it is the medium of education in schools throughout the country.
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Distances & Driving Time between places of Tourist Interest
Until recent years, the only way to travel around Bhutan was by road.
However, domestic airline services are now available. This makes it
convenient and time efficient for those who wish to travel to Bumthang,
Central Bhutan and to Eastern Bhutan and cuts short traveling time
from a 10 hours ride to a 30 minute ride.
Travelling by road
The motor-able roads are well maintained and connect most of the places. However the mountainous terrain and winding road restricts the average driving speed of the vehicle to about 35 km per hour.