About 26 different festivals are held in Bumthang every year. The Tenda Tshechu of Kharchu Dratshang is one of them. It is one of the most auspicious and unique festivals in Bumthanhg.
Bhutan received 64,028 tourists in 2011, recording a 56.65 percent growth, the highest in the Bhutanese tourism history, according to Tourism Council of Bhutan’s annual report for 2011.
This diminutive man from Dotey has been performing mask dance now for thirty years and counting. If health permits, Kaka expects to perform at the Paro Tshechu for another 10 years.
The Bhutanese tourism industry earned USD 47.68m from tourists last year, up by 32.52 percent from the previous year. Of this, The royalty generated for the country was USD 14.89m. Tourism Council officials said these earnings do not include revenue from other sectors like airline, handicraft, and out-of-pocket spending.
Tourism industry is the largest contributor to Bhutan’s total revenue. There are hundreds of tour operators in the country, competing in this limited but lucrative market. The cut-throat competition has led to “undercutting” in the minimum daily tariff set for tourists, by some tour agents.
One has to travel to Thimphu to get a nail. Getting timber is almost a three-day walk and, even if all these raw materials are in place, getting a contractor is again a problem. Add lack of money to the list and what we have is the 400-year old Lingzhi Dzong slowly turning into ruins.
One of Bhutan’s major tourist attractions, the National Museum, housed in Paro Ta Dzong, will re-open only in 2015. The Ta Dzong suffered major structural damage during last year’s earthquake, rendering it inaccessible to the public for safety reasons.
Poor conditions of public toilets in Bhutan continue to irk visiting tourists. The condition of existing public toilets in Bhutan has been questioned not only by tourists, but locals as well, over the years. It is still common today to find public toilets in a mess, clogged with sticks and stones, and with no running […]
Druk Air, Bhutan’s National airline says that while chances of domestic airfares coming down are slim, more expensive international airfare hikes in 2012 are unlikely.
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 […]