Bhutan boasts of having 26% of it’s total geographical land area under protected area networks which is the highest in Asia.
Amongst others, the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) is one of the oldest protected area in Bhutan and shares a porous border with India’s Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve. With an area of 1059 sq km, the ecosystem in Manas ranges from tropical to subtropical.
It’s now winter but Thinley, a farmer in Trongsa is looking forward to next autumn. Not that he’s particularly crazy about the season, though things may seem nicer then. What he’s excited about is the stream of tourists that the fall delivers.
A beaten trail, that passed through Ura to Gayzamchu in Bumthang, was once trodden by villagers from the east to transport goods offered as taxes to local chieftains resident in Bumthang, Trongsa, and Punakha. In the 50s, the people of Ura used the path as a mule track to barter butter, betel nuts, and clothes.