After being closed to the outside world for more than two years due to the pandemic, Bhutan has finally revealed its reopening date of September 23, 2022. This beautiful Himalayan country has attracted tourists from all over the world since ancient times.
During the pandemic, the country has implemented strict COVID-19 rules that do not allow outsiders to enter the country. However, travelers to Bhutan tourism now have to pay hefty taxes to enter and explore the country. In a recent update, Bhutan has raised the sustainability fee for tourists to $200 (nearly 15,985 rupees) per person per day.Bhutan is known as the Last Shangri-La for its pure natural beauty and sustainable development. The country has always believed in a high-value, low-volume tourism policy.
Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan and Chairman of the Bhutan Tourism Council, said: "Covid-19 has allowed us to reset, rethink how best to structure and operate the sector so that it is not only economically but also socially Good for Bhutan while maintaining a low carbon footprint."
For almost 30 years (since 1991), tourists had to pay $65 (closer to 5,196 rupees), but now the amount has increased and those who are able to are welcome. The increased (triple) tax will be used to offset the carbon footprint of tourists and upskill tourism workers.Tourism is an important part of Bhutan's economy, accounting for 6% of the country's GDP. In 2019, Bhutan received 315,599 tourists, generating $225 million in tourism revenue, according to the Bhutan Tourism Board.
Bhutan is high in the north and low in the south; the southern mountainous area has a subtropical climate, humid and rainy, with annual precipitation of 5000-6000 mm; the central river valley has a mild climate, with annual precipitation of 760-2000 mm; the altitude is 180-7,550 meters.
The Kingdom of Bhutan (English: Kingdom of Bhutan; Tibetan Pinyin: Zhugyü), referred to as "Bhutan", is located on the southern slope of the eastern section of the Himalayas between China and India (belonging to the southern bottom of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau). It covers an area of about 38,000 square kilometers and has a population of 749,000 (December 2020).
Bhutan can be said to be the most closed country in the world. Its strong religious overtones and long-term lock-down policy have kept Bhutan under a veil of mystery. It was not until 1974 that it began to open up to a limited extent. 5,000 people are allowed to enter Bhutan, so the number of people who have actually been to Bhutan is still small.The Kingdom of Bhutan is located in a highland country in the Himalayas between India and Tibet. It has rich natural landscapes and has been in a semi-closed state. Traditional culture has been completely preserved. Coming to Bhutan will make people feel like entering a time tunnel.
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The population is about 749,000 (2020). The population growth rate is about 0.97% (2020).
Located in southern Asia, Bhutan is a landlocked country on the southern slope of the eastern part of the Himalayas, bordering China's Tibet in the northwest and north, and bordering Sikkim, West Bengal, and Shannan in China in the west, south, and east, respectively, with a total area of 38,394 square kilometers.
Bhutanese make up about 50% of the total population and Nepalese make up about 35%.
The ethnic groups of Bhutan can be divided into three categories:
1.Sharchoup, an indigenous people living in eastern Bhutan;
2.Galong people, most of whom live in western Bhutan, are descendants of Tibetan immigrants in the 9th century;
3.Loshampa people, or translated as Nepalese Luochang people, immigrated to Bhutan at the end of the 19th century. Loshampa (meaning South Bhutanese) is a Nepalese-speaking nation.
The terrain of Bhutan is very different. The north is high and the south is low. From north to south, it gradually declines. It is divided into high mountains in the north, river valleys in the middle, and hills and plains in the south. Except for the small Duval plain in the south, the mountains occupy the total area. more than 95%. In addition, the altitudes of different parts of Bhutan vary greatly. One is the Manas River in the southeast, the lowest elevation in the country, with an elevation of only 97 meters. The other is the northern Himalayas, where the peaks are all 6,000 to 7,000 meters above sea level. Kurakangri Mountain has an altitude of 7,554 meters, which is the highest point in Bhutan. Bhutan glaciers are mainly located in the alpine regions of northern Bhutan, accounting for 10% of the total area of Bhutan. These glaciers are an important source of renewable water resources for rivers in Bhutan, and they can bring a lot of fresh water to the people of Bhutan every year.
Bhutan is a mountainous country, in addition to the main Himalayas, there are many branches in its territory. Most of these branches are north-south, and the terrain is high in the north and low in the south. Most of the northern end of the mountain range is more than 5,000 to 7,000 meters above sea level, and it is above the snow line all year round.
The main mountain ranges are:
Himalayas (4,800~7,300 meters), Dunga Mountains (300~4,500 meters), Rudong Mountains (600~4,500 meters), Yodo Mountains (1,200~4,500 meters), Montenegro Mountains (1,500~4,500 meters) meters), Duojiong Mountains (600~4,500 meters), Kongsangjiongdong Mountains (1,000~4,500 meters), and so on. In addition to the above mountains with higher altitudes, there are some well-known lower-altitude mountains in Bhutan, such as Serila (3,658 meters), Kirila (4,087 meters), Zella (3,552 meters), Dolchu La (3,174 meters), Zodongshi (4,918 meters), Perilla (3,370 meters), Utola (3,354 meters), Dang Lala (3,811 meters), Run Gun La Mountain, etc.
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