Bhutan - The Last
Shangri la For the wanderlust searching for the mythical Shangri la, Bhutan with its magical landscape is one dream destination
Quick Read Must Know All tourists (except nationals of India, Bangladesh and Maldives) must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan. Visas are issued on receipt of full payment of your holiday by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The money remains with the Council until your travel in-country is complete before the local tour operate is paid. There are no private health clinics or physicians in Bhutan, but all district headquarters towns have a hospital. The best facility is the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. Treatment is free, even for tourists. In case of serious medical condiction consider evacuation to the excellent medical facilities in Bangkok. Bhutan follows a traditional form of Buddhism and animals are not killed or put down, even for humane reasons. While the Indian Rupee is accepted as currency, notes only below Rs.100 are permitted.
hat’s common between Richard Gere, Keanu Reeves and Brad Pitt apart from their Hollywood status and flamboyant lifestyle? Bhutan, yes they all share a common passion for this beautiful otherworldly place. Nestled in the heart of Himalayas, flanked by India and China, Bhutan is one of the most exclusive destinations in the Himalayas. Like its enig-
matic nature, the culture and tradition of the country is well preserved and the strong influence of this is reflected in the lives of people. Major sources of income for the kingdom are tourism, hydroelectric power and agriculture. However, a high tourist tax imposed on tourists is an attempt to retain Bhutan’s strong national identity and traditional values; this has kept mass tourism out and closed the door to budget-conscious
backpackers. This makes the place accessible only to the most affluent. The administration has banned mountaineering in Bhutan out of respect for the deities said to live among the country’s peaks, although high-altitude treks, such as the challenging Snowman Trek, are still possible.
Getting In Paro International Airport is the only entry point to Bhutan by
air, served only by the country’s flag carrier Druk Air. Druk operates four planes which fly routes to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Gaya, Guwahati , Kathmandu and Dhaka .
Travelling around Travelling to different towns and cities is possible by bus. Share taxis are also available.
Places to visit Paro, Thimphu, Punakha,
FWD Life September 2013 with MovieGear