- Bhutan the Last Shangrila
Bhutan is known as the last Shangri La because of its richness and a sense of attachment it has for nature and environment. General information on Bhutan for visitors who make the uncommon adventure into this excellent nation will find out that there may be no different vacation spot like this land of natural and wonderful mysticism. In this land of Druk Yul, or the ‘Land of the Peaceful Dragon’, the lucky traveler will discover an uncommon aggregate of harmony and accord, amidst a panorama of excellent natural beauty.
The Royal Government of Bhutan acknowledges that tourism is a world-extensive phenomenon and an essential approach of accomplishing socio-economic improvement especially for growing nations like Bhutan. It recognizes that tourism, in affording the possibility to travel, can assist in promoting mutual understanding between and among people. It also helps to strengthen friendships primarily based on appreciation and respect for different cultures and lifestyles.
Towards accomplishing this objective, the Royal Government has followed a completely careful method to boom and improve tourism. The Bhutanese tourism industry is primarily based on the precept of sustainability that is ‘tourism should be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally desirable and economically viable’.
As there were less people who owned television and mobile phones, newspapers played a vital role and it still is. This has helped people keep up-to-date with the information happening in the country and around the world. General information on Bhutan about newspapers, initially 11 newspapers were published however only 7 are still in effect. Among the 7 newspaper, some of the most popular are
Kuensel (clarity) is the national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is the oldest local newspaper in Bhutan. Bhutan’s government owns 51% of Kuensel, while the public owns the remaining 49%. It is published in Dzongkha-the national language and English. The paper is distributed throughout the country by a network of sales agents appointed in all dzongkhags, dungkhags, and towns, with overseas subscribers fed via mail service/email. Subscribers also receive a PDF copy of the paper.
Bhutan Today began as a national daily in October 2008. The English language paper later evolved into a biweekly publication, published on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It became a weekly publication on Sunday in June 2017. Providing information on history, current events, business, travel, and other topics.The paper is distributed in both print and PDF formats.
Business Bhutan is the only financial newspaper in Bhutan. A weekly newspaper, mainly in English, with a Dzongkha section, covering the economy, finance and politics of Bhutan.
The Bhutan Times is the country’s first privately owned newspaper, and only the country’s second after the government-owned and autonomous Kuensel. Its first edition, with 32 pages, was released on April 30, 2006, and featured a high-profile interview with Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, Bhutan’s young crown prince who had recently been designated to succeed his father as king in 2008. Until December 2007, when the administration chose to make it a bi-weekly paper, the weekly paper was published on Sundays. For a time, Bhutan Times was published on Wednesdays and Sundays before reverting to only being published on Sundays.
Television and Radio
Television & Radio
The Bhutan Broadcasting Service began as a radio station in 1973, broadcasting on shortwave throughout the country and on the FM band in Thimphu. The programmes are available in three different languages – Dzongkha, English and Nepali. Bhutan was the world’s last country to launch television in1999, when the service began broadcasting. Cable television was introduced shortly after as part of the King’s modernizing initiative. Viewers can now access multiple channels from around the world.
Bhutan’s official language is ‘Dzongkha,’ a Tibetan family language. English is widely spoken in major towns and cities, and it is also the medium of instruction in schools across the country.
General information on Bhutan’s climate; Southern Bhutan has a hot and humid subtropical climate that is fairly consistent throughout the year. Temperatures can range from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius. The climate in the country’s central regions, which are covered in temperate and deciduous forests, is more seasonal, with warm summers, cool and dry winters. Because of the great height, the mountain peaks are always covered with snow, while the lower portions of the mountain are still cold in the summer.
Mode of Transportation
Road and air travel are the only forms of transportation available in Bhutan. The bulk of the destinations are connected by motorable roads that are well-maintained. The typical vehicle speed is limited to roughly 35 km/h due to the mountainous terrain and curving road. People can also fly to and from their destinations using plane services.
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Himalayan lodges and retreats
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The Village lodge Bumthang
Bumthang is a religious central hub, and one of the most desired tourist destinations in Bhutan.
The Valley Camp Phobjikha
The valley camp is a one of a kind retreat that offers cozy rooms and amenities.
The Village Lodge Paro
Paro is home to many fascinating things. Experience the relaxing lifestyle in the village.
Taktsang Village Resort
Paro has many highlights for tourists. One of the most beautiful of Bhutan’s valleys.
Things you should know
The Daily USD 200 Sustainable Development (SDF) Fee.
Foreign visitors to Bhutan must pay a daily sustainable fee of USD 200. The new fees went into effect on June 20, 2022.
The Minimum Daily Package Rate (MDPR) has been removed.
Tourists will be able to engage service providers directly and pay for their services accordingly.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.