The annual report of the Tourist Board of Bhutan presented statistical figures for 2011 and recorded the largest increase in foreign tourists. 64,028 tourists visited the Kingdom of Bhutan last year, which is 56.65% more than in 2010. This is the highest figure in the history of tourism in the country.
What attracts tourists to Bhutan? First of all, it is a culture and a unique way of life. Most tourists who visited Bhutan called the main reason for the visit – the opportunity to join the culture and traditions of one of the most mysterious and unusual countries in the world. And some of the tourists chose Bhutan for the beauty of the untouched Himalayan nature civilization.
Bhutan is the only country in the world where state policy is based on the concept of gross national happiness, and the level of a country’s development is measured by the degree of joy its citizens feel.
BhutanButan’s distinctive feature, unlike other tourist destinations, is the immutability and preservation of nature, culture, architecture and traditions that were protected from the influence of Western culture thanks to the country’s long isolation from the outside world. A trip to Bhutan is not only an inspection of the monuments of ancient Tibetan culture and dzong fortresses, but also participation in festive processions and festivals — I trickle: to the accompaniment of horns and drums, monks dressed in brightly decorated costumes and with awesome masks on their faces circle in religious dance “Tsam”, playing various episodes from the history of Buddhism.
Some tourists are attracted by ecological and adventure types of tourism, which include trekking in the Himalayas, tours of the study of the flora and fauna of Bhutan, ornithological and sports tours. The popularity of programs that include bird watching in the wild is due to the fact that 667 bird species nest in Bhutan. The share of eco-tourism accounts for 5.3% of the total tourist traffic.
Bhutan Bhutan’s adventure tourism offers tourists rafting, kayaking, fishing, as well as biker and cycling programs. Motorcycle and bicycle tours have good tourist potential. Thus, the 600-kilometer route from the eastern to the western borders of Bhutan along the state road is particularly popular among tourists.
The royal wedding, held in October last year, was one of the most prominent events in the country in recent years. Celebrations were attended by the most distinguished guests from friendly states of Bhutan and numerous tourists from all over the world. Many articles have been written about the wedding and the royal family, which are widely published on the blogs of the royal family and their admirers.