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Bhutan | Picture Perfect Punakha (from Travel Magnolia)


(The following is from a well researched  travel blog – the Travel Magnolia,  written and published by a world traveler – Ms. Maggie Hunt, who have been to Bhutan in the year 2018). The three-hour drive from Paro to Punakha crosses over Dochula Pass at 3100 meters – site of the Druk Wangyal Chortens. The 108 chortens (stupas) commemorate Bhutanese… View Article

Happiness is a Place – Bhutan


Happiness is a Place – a video produced by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The video highlights some of the essence of the land known as ‘Kingdom of Bhutan’

Bhutan |The Tiger’s Nest (from Travel Magnolia)


(The following is from a well researched  travel blog – the Travel Magnolia,  written and published by a world traveler – Ms. Maggie Hunt, who have been to Bhutan in the year 2018).

Tourist returns lost fanny pack to owner


28 Dec 2018  A tourist from West Bengal, India, Jagadish Sinha, returned a fanny pack of a fellow tourist that he found on his way from Taktsang to Paro police on December 26 evening.

Ancestry of the Bhutanese People


27 Oct 2018 This synopsis is based on a talk by Professor George Van Driem who delivered a series of lectures in Thimphu at the end of August 2018 on the ancestry of the Bhutanese people. We Bhutanese are plagued by a paucity of reliable information particularly on our own ancestry. Clear light on what seems shrouded in mystery and myth is finally being shed by Van Driem and colleagues study on this subject. Spanning almost two decades, the research reconstructs the ancestry of the people of the Greater Himalayan region, including Bhutan, based on genes and languages.

BOC President elected as IOC member


12 Oct 2018 The president of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC), His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee, at the 133rd Session of the International Olympic Committee on October 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The session elected

Bhutan Week opens in India


28 Sept 2018           Commemorating the golden jubilee celebration of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu graced the opening of the Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi, India yesterday. Cabinet and foreign secretaries and other senior officials accompanied Her Majesty. Over 300 participants from Bhutan are

Bhutan Week to open on Sept 23 in New Delhi


19 Sept 2018     At the invitation of the Government of India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck will grace the opening ceremony of ‘Bhutan Week’ on September 23 in New Delhi as the Chief Guest along with the Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu. The cabinet and foreign secretaries and other senior officials will accompany Her Majesty.

Bhutan’s King optimistic about climate solutions (Courtesy: Green Climate Fund)


THIMPHU, 07 SEP 2018        “Bhutan sees GCF as a strategic partner for climate action in Bhutan.” This was echoed in the various meetings that the Green Climate Fund delegation had during the scoping mission to Bhutan from 26 August to 1 September 2018. The mission was in Bhutan to engage how climate finance can help bolster national efforts to tackle climate change. A national structured dialogue was held between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the mission. During the visit, the delegation was very fortunate to receive an audience with His Majesty The King of Bhutan and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, who recognised the importance of the Green Climate Fund and the use of science and technology to further curb the effects of climate change, the impacts of which are on agriculture production, water security and community livelihood.

Yeti and myth surrounding its existence


27 Aug 2018         What does a yeti look like? Who has seen one? Is it still around, in this day and age, to spook us in the dark edges of the deep forests? But yeti continues to live on in the collective belief of the mountain people. In the olden days when there weren’t modern motor roads, people had to cross high mountains and deep ravines. While doing so, they did not have to cross path with the dreaded mythical creature. The belief was, and is, that if one saw a yeti that would

Paro international airport gets new infrastructure


July 27, 2018        Paro international airport yesterday inaugurated four structures — modified departure terminal building, cargo building, the relocated substation, and a parallel taxiway worth Nu 440.45 million (M). The structures were part of a project worth about Nu 800M

Bhutan and Thailand fostering closer ties


July 20, 2018        His Majesty The King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen granted an audience to the Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife Naraporn Chan-o-cha at the Tashichhodzong yesterday.

Shivalaya Mandir and Umling drungkhag administration office inaugurated


July 26, 2018        More than 1,000 people gathered for the final day of the five-day inaugural puja at the newly constructed Shivalaya Mandir in Gelephu yesterday. The mandir constructed upon the command of His Majesty The King was consecrated yesterday. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and information and communication minister DN Dhungyel attended the ceremony. Lyonchhen congratulated the public for receiving the mandir as a gift from His Majesty.

China’s vice foreign minister visits Bhutan


July 24, 2018        Vice foreign minister of the People’s Republic of China, Kong Xuanyou, accompanied by officials visited Bhutan from July 22-24.