Bhutan Wholesome Tourism
Bhutan is a small landlocked country in South Asia that has gained popularity in recent years for its unique approach to tourism. The government has made a conscious effort to prioritize its cultural heritage and natural resources, while limiting the number of visitors to the country.
Bhutan now mandates a “sustainable development fee” of $200 per night for all visitors, which marks a considerable rise from the previous charge of $65. The reasoning behind these regulations is apparent: Bhutan is striving to promote tourism that is both high in value and low in volume to safeguard its environment and cultural heritage.
Bhutanese people have historically been deeply rooted in their mountainous agricultural lifestyle and religious beliefs. It is essential to visit Bhutan with a respectful and sensitive attitude that recognizes and appreciates the country’s culture and traditions.
Bhutan has implemented several sustainable tourism initiatives, such as promoting responsible waste management and decreasing carbon emissions, to protect the environment and promote eco-friendly practices. These efforts have received recognition, and in 2020, Bhutan was awarded the Sustainable Tourism Award by the World Tourism Organization, further demonstrating its commitment to sustainable tourism.
Bhutan is served by two national airlines, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines, which offer direct flights to and from Paro International Airport to various destinations, including Bangladesh (Dhaka), India (Bagdogra, Gauhati, Kolkata, and New Delhi), Nepal (Kathmandu), Singapore, and Thailand (Bangkok). Apart from air travel, there are also four official entry points by road from India to Bhutan, which are located in Samtse and Phuentsholing in western Bhutan, Gelephu in central Bhutan, and Samdrup Jongkhar in eastern Bhutan.