Bhutan follows a policy of responsible tourism --- they have carefully managed and controlled the growth of tourist industry, so that it does not adversely impact on either their distinct and deeply spiritual identity or cherished culture or damage their pristine and well-preserved environment. Hence, the total number of tourists in each year are not so high. Foreign visitors will travel to Bhutan by plane, using Royal Bhutan Airlines, namely Druk Air. The main airport is in Paro (65 km from capital, Thimphu). When visitors reach to Bhutan, there is no railway network in Bhutan, the visitors can travel this exotic land by road.
Tour & Excursions
Untouched by modernization-A Shangri-La. Situated in the great Himalayan range, it is bordered by Tibet in the north and India to its south. As a purely Buddhist country, it has a rich & unique culture, tradition & way of life which still remains pristine.
Tourism in Bhutan
There’s a place on earth that even the most seasoned travelers consider a privilege to visit. And, although it is voted one of the top travel destinations, very few make it. Bhutan’s consistent tourism policy of high value, low impact has helped the kingdom ensure its rich living culture. The kingdom represents a mystical destination left for those seeking a journey back into time. Visitors walk into rich and vibrant culture still living in the dance and songs, festivals and legends the art and architecture, all in the pristine natural setting of majestic mountains and lush, pristine valleys. ‘’Bhutan has remained an exotic and intriguing destination for the most travelers with level of mystery that has provided a cachet of curiosity that is very appealing’’. I think what most westerners want from their time in Bhutan is the aura of traditionalism and authenticity that most modern countries have lost.
A Sound Policy
Today, Bhutan is also seen as a fine example of sustainable eco-tourism. Inspired by its unique development philosophy- Gross National Happiness- the national policy of high value, low volume tourism asks every visitor to be sensitive to a society that is trying to reverse the best of its past in a rapidly changing world. The country has 20 virgin peaks that are more than 7,000 meters high; mountaineering was closed in the late 1970’s when the nomadic herders living on the mountain slopes protested in parliament that their sacred mountains were being exploited. This is just one example of Bhutan’s courageous policy that the happiness is more important than material gain. It has 72 percent of its land under forest with more than 26 percent as protected parks and jealously guards its religious and cultural heritage.
Beginnings of Tourism.
Bhutan opened up to tourism in 1974, after it came out of centuries of isolation. The government adopted a cautious tourism policy from the beginning to avoid the negative impacts that mass tourism could have on a small country. This exclusive policy represented eco-tourism at its best even before the concept was known. Today, tourism is one of the largest generators of foreign exchange for the country’s small economy. As infrastructure is increasing, the tourism authorities is arriving more as expected.