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.
Expanding Bhutan’s air connectivity to 5 countries, a direct air link between Singapore and Bhutan was established after national airline Druk Air flew its inaugural flight to the island state, on Tuesday.
Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck was on board as chief guest, leading a delegation, compromising of DHI, Druk Air, and government representatives, among others.
Your dream trip to Bhutan only takes shape once you have paid your local tour operator or travel agent who will arrange everything for your visit to Bhutan. Most tour operators will insist on full payment upfront, and rightly so as per the tourism guidelines laid by the government.
Druk Air and Changi Airport of Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start direct flights between Singapore and Bhutan from May 17 this year. According to the memorandum Druk Air will fly to Singapore twice a week.
For the last 13 years, Jordhen has been entertaining guests in her old two-storied traditional house in Bangbangla village in Gongdue Gewog, Mongar. Her work is to feed guests coming to the Gewog, and also provide shelter, if they choose to stay at her house.
Jordhen is the village’s Tosop, a responsibility given by the local government.
Stepping out of its self imposed isolation, Bhutan felt the need to open up the skies. And so, the concept of a national airline was born on April 5, 1981. Druk Air began operations on February 11, 1983, from Paro, a picturesque valley in western Bhutan, a 65 km drive away from the capital, Thimphu. At the time, Paro had a little airstrip for helicopters.
Bhutan, most tourist guidebooks say, is a country of short distances but long journeys. It’s another way of saying that traveling around Bhutan can take a comparatively longer time than elsewhere.