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Bhutan in the News

Since Bhutan got voted by high-end travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top five tourist destinations in the world, the interest on travel to Bhutan has been growing in the travel industry. The country's unique culture and tradition, hospitable and happy people, majestic unclimbed mountain peaks and formidable monastic fortress has been attracting well-heeled tourists and getting rave reviews from travel writers.

One thing that has been lacking in Bhutan till date, the luxury hotels (for those who want to travel in style), has been amply addressed with the setting up of shops by two ultra-luxury resorts - UmaParo and Aman Resorts - in Bhutan. 

Time’s 100 most influential people

Dr. Florangel R Braid, Manila

TIME Magazine’s special issue on the lives and ideas of the world’s most influential people is a fascinating read in the sense that while some of the names are predictable as they are very much in the public eye (Condoleezza Rice, Bill and Melinda Gates, President George W. Bush, George W. Bush Sr., Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pope Benedict XVI, Oprah Winfrey), a good many are not as prominent in terms of media exposure.

In terms of role models, I have selected the following because of their relevance to our present society today.

The first one is the King of Bhutan who was once the world’s youngest king when he came to power in 1972. The writeup says that he rules his people more in the spirit >>read more

A divine time in the kingdom

Isolated among the peaks of the Himalayas, Bhutan is careful to keep centuries-old Buddhist traditions thriving as it lets the modern world in.  
By Mary Altier, Special to The Times

March 13, 2005   
Early in my trip to this tiny eastern Himalayan kingdom, I asked a crimson-robed monk at the ancient Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery in Paro whether I could roll his dice. I drew a lucky number, 12.
The monk assured me that my wish — to have a meaningful trip — would be granted.
He was right. We were among the lucky 9,000 or so tourists annually allowed into the landlocked country between India and Tibet. The way most tourists visit Bhutan is with a tour group, as we did in April. Once in, visitors are required to spend $200 to $240 per person, per day. Controlled tourism is just one way Bhutan protects its...read more >>>

Why Is Everyone Going to Bhutan?

By JANE MARGOLIES  New York Times

January 9, 2005TWO years ago, Penny George "couldn't have located Bhutan on a map." But after hearing friends rave about their trip to the tiny Buddhist kingdom tucked in the Himalayas, Ms. George, president of a foundation that promotes holistic medicine, was hooked. This fall, she and her husband made the long journey from their home in Minneapolis to Bhutan's sole airport, then spent seven days on a guided tour, trekking into virgin forests, tiptoeing into temples and passing through villages where men and women still go about in traditional dress. "Bhutan has bubbled up in the collective consciousness," said Ms. George. "I just felt like I had to go."  >>Read the whole article>>

Shiny happy people

Could there really be an enchanted land where ancient and modern live in harmony? Where nirvana and Nokia co-exist? Hold your cynicism... William Sutcliffe becomes one of the few travellers lucky enough to find the real Shangri-La

Sunday January 11, 2004
The Observer


You don't glide into Bhutan, you plummet.  I am met at the airport by a guide whose name, Karma, seems auspicious. He is a neat, courteous 27-year-old in polished black shoes, long socks and a gho - traditional Bhutanese male dress which resembles a knee-length dressing gown with broad white cuffs. After a short drive into town, it is apparent that this isn't a folklore act for tourist consumption. Almost every man, from the peasants in the fields to drivers in Toyota Land Cruisers, is wearing the same outfit.   

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The Kingdom of the Divine

Bhutan has everything except sublime luxury. A high-end travel company plans to change that—but is its arrival a blessing or a curse?

Isn't Bhutan wonderful?" Asks Adrian Zecha as he finishes a breakfast glass of fresh orange juice. Sitting in an exquisitely appointed dining room of Amankora, the newest addition to his empire of ultraexclusive, stratospherically expensive resorts, Zecha gestures to the window. Outside, on a nearby bluff, are the mighty ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a monastery and fortress built in 1649 to celebrate one of this Himalayan nation's greatest military victories over nearby Tibet. And beyond that is the snowy, granite face of Jhomolhari, the country's most revered peak, visible intermittently between ribbons of clouds. It is a majestic sight, the kind that inspires contemplation about life, permanence and the existence of things great and holy. Read on TIME>>

Bhutan's phalluses warn off evil

By Geeta Pandey
BBC News, Thimphu

In the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, it is not only the stunning scenery that surprises the eye.

Driving from the country's only airport in Paro to the capital city of Thimphu, graphic and colourful paintings of penises adorn the white-washed walls of homes, shops and eateries.

In many places, pictures of dragons and soft drink advertisements showing a Bollywood actress jostle for space on the walls with phallic drawings. The origin of these drawings can be traced to a Buddhist monastery near Bhutan's former capital, Punakha. Read more>>

Has TV changed Bhutan?

After five years of broadcasting, Bhutan's government is considering legislation to regulate what the country's people can watch. What effect has five years of TV had on the country? 

In June 1999, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan allowed television broadcasting to begin for the first time. The introduction of television into Bhutan was sparked by the World Cup Final of France '98. The 3-0 victory of the home side over Brazil was watched by thousands on a big screen in Bhutan's National Square.

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