Bhutan is a small country between two powerful nations of the world India and China in respect of economy, technology and politics. But Bhutan has something else which is precious and demand of coming generation. The major source of income of Bhutan kingdom is the Tourism sector. They are focusing to develop tourism and allowing foreign tourist to come and explore. At the same time, Bhutan is maintaining its sustainability and Protecting its environment and authentic tradition. Here I am going to tell 10 things about Bhutan Tour, so you could keep in mind during Bhutan tour plan.
1-Higher entry fees for foreign tourist for Bhutan tour from March to May
Bhutan is collecting $250 per person per day from foreign and non-regional tourist between March to May and September to November. Still the number of tourist increasing day by day. Government is using this money for the benevolence of its people.
2- Plastic Ban
It was an international headline about Plastic Banned by Bhutan in 1999. Such a tiny country made a big initiative. It was a big decision to protect the environment from plastic garbage. So, If you plan a Bhutan Tour with your family and friends then never carry plastics bag with you.
3- Tobacco-free country
Bhutan knows the consequences of consuming tobacco and tobacco-related products on health. They don’t want to earn tax from unethical practice. Even they didn’t care for their foreign guest especially American and European who are addicted to smoking.
4- Lifetime imprisonment for killing endangered spices
If a person found guilty of killing any endangered species like tiger, lion, any Bird even a cow. The government has the right to take him into prison for the lifetime. Royal Bhutan rewards also its people for informing about any activity related to this offense.
5- Fresh and Green renewable source of energy
Today Pollution is the biggest challenge and Bhutan is doing very well in fighting with pollution. Bhutan is generating 1500MW electricity with hydropower plant and it will be 10000MW just 5 times more than now by installing 12 more Hydropower plant. And the more interesting thing is Bhutan is the largest exporter of fresh energy.
6- Laws for the protection of culture and tradition
Bhutan has set many laws and regulation to maintain their culture and tradition for a long run. All citizens of Bhutan must bear tradition dress during their working hours. There is a dress code for all people. Everyone has to take part in royal Bhutan religious or cultural functions.
7- Carbon Negative country
Bhutan is the only country in the world who consumes more CO2 from the environment than it produces. Presently Bhutan has 72% of its total land is under forest. Royal Bhutan promised to maintain 60% of total lands under forest for all time. According to the global economic data, Bhutan emits 1.5 million tons of carbon per annum while their forests absorb more than 6 million tons per annum.
8- Strict policy on entry
Bhutan has set an inflexible strategy to fight against the negative aspect of mass tourism like diminishing of cultural identity and environmental damage. So they have limited entry for foreigners. A person can stay not more than 14 days in Bhutan and their travel will be valid for Thimphu and Paro only. To explore other parts of the country they must carry a special permit.
9- Land of happiness
For Bhutanese people, life doesn’t mean materials. They work for their value development for happiness. According to the Gross national happiness Index, Bhutan is at 1st position in the global happiest country. They have a different theory of life. Bhutan has only a population of 8 lakh. Their belief in Lord Buddha makes them happier.
Bhutan is moving in another direction, like other parts of the world converting their land into the concrete while Bhutan is making their country green. In long run, Bhutan will be on the Top to the rest of the world.