Bhutan’s strategy of “low volume, high quality” tourism has made it a highly-regarded destination among discerning travellers. It costs an official USD 250 per day per person to sample the charms of this isolated Himalayan kingdom, an amount that includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.
Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, strikes a beautiful balance between the sacred and the secular, old and new, sound and silence, and form and function.
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Sitting on the bamboo floored verandah of his 2 storied traditional house in Kheng Zurphel, Ap Doekha makes containers, baskets and ropes from the tall perennial evergreen bamboo found in plenty around his house.
A pioneer in the making of what in Khengkha is called ‘zom’ (a cylindrical milk container), when Kuensel met him, the 61-year-old was stitching a broad hollow bamboo container, measuring about 40 cm in diameter and a meter high, with the capacity to contain the milk of five cows.
“Let’s go back” said many former Bhutan volunteers when they met in Kaikoura, New Zealand, recently.
21 New Zealanders, who worked through Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), met to catch up and discuss their time working in the Himalayan kingdom. They decided to start planning a return trip.
The unique culture and tradition, pristine environment and beautiful trekking routes make Bhutan one of the best tourist destinations in the world. But, for the Christopher family from the United Kingdom, there is more than that.