The last Himalayan Kingdom: Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan, a land steeped in tradition and nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas. In our ThisWorld Original film, “Bhutan: Last Kingdom of Himalayas” we invite you to uncover the hidden gems and timeless treasures of this enchanting kingdom.

Limited access for tourists

Did you know that Bhutan, often referred to as the Last Shangri-La, remained isolated from the outside world for centuries? It wasn’t until 1974 that the kingdom cautiously opened its doors to tourism, welcoming a limited number of visitors each year. This deliberate decision was made to protect Bhutan’s unique culture, fragile ecosystems, and way of life.

To maintain this delicate balance between preservation and progress, Bhutan has implemented a strict and bureaucratic process for visitors. The kingdom charges a daily tariff for tourists, which covers accommodation, meals, and transportation. This sustainable tourism model not only ensures a high-quality experience for visitors but also generates revenue to support conservation efforts and community development projects.

 
Pacemaker of environmentalism

Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation is unparalleled. The kingdom is not only carbon-neutral but also aims to remain carbon-negative in the future. With over 70% of its land covered in forest, Bhutan is a biodiversity hotspot, home to endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, snow leopard, and black-necked crane. Bhutan was the worlds first country to be fully carbon neutral!

One of Bhutan’s most significant environmental achievements is its pledge to maintain at least 60% forest cover for all time. This ambitious goal reflects the kingdom’s reverence for nature and its understanding of the interconnectedness of all living beings. Bhutan’s forests are not just a source of timber and fuel but also a sanctuary for spiritual contemplation and ecological harmony.

Central to Bhutan’s unique way of thinking and governing is the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Unlike Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which measures economic output, GNH considers holistic well-being, encompassing psychological, social, and environmental dimensions. Bhutan’s development policies prioritize happiness over material wealth, ensuring that progress is sustainable and equitable for all.

Throughout our journey in Bhutan, we encountered countless moments of awe and wonder. From the hills and forest to let your soul wander to the serene monasteries that offer sanctuary for spiritual seekers, every experience was a testament to the kingdom’s rich heritage and timeless traditions.

A heartfelt thank you to Colby Eubanks for his exceptional talent and dedication in capturing the essence of Bhutan with such a graceful way.

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