Bhutan Tour 2012
This shows a map of Bhutan and a Route Permit, which was issued by the
Royal Government of Bhutan.
The landscape of Bhutan ranges from subtropical plains in the south to
the sub-alpine Himalayan heights
in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 m. The state religion is
Vajrayana Buddhism, and the
population of about 700,000 is predominantly Buddhist. The capital is Thimphu,
which is the largest.
Mount Kangchenjunga is the Earth's third highest mountain, with a peak
at 8,586 metres above sea level.
This picture was taken from Druk aircraft, near Paro, Bhutan, in September
Drukair from Bangkok, Thailand to Paro, Bhutan: This non-stop direct flight
departed Bangkok at 4:50am for Paro.
(L) A Drukair stewardess with a smiling face (R) Drukair aircraft at the
Paro International Airport
(L) An airport staff at the entrance gate at Paro (M) A passport check
barrier of Paro International Airport
(R) A sign plate says that smoking is injurious to health.
The Paro Airpot terminal building and Drk airline aircraft
: A spectacular landing on the Paro Airport, Bhutan ( Video length: 14
A non-stop direct flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Paro, Bhutan
(L) A large board of Bhutanese King and Queen posted at the Paro Airport
(R) The entrance gate of Paro Airport
Smoking restriction of the world airports
Bhutan money, Ngultrum, BTN, issued by Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan
500: Punakha Dzong at center, Endless Knot, one of the eight auspicious symbols
at the upper center
100:Tashichho Dzong at center, dragons in top left and right corners, Endless
Knot, one of the eight auspicious symbols at the upper center
50:Tongsa Dzong at center, two mythical birds (Bja Tshering) at both sides
10:Paro Dzong at the center
1:Simtokha Dzong palace
Bhutan has diplomatic relations with 21 countries, and with the European
Union, with missions in India,
Bangladesh, Thailand, and Kuwait. Only India and Bangladesh have residential
embassies in Bhutan,
while Thailand has a consulate office in Bhutan.In 2007, Bhutan and India
signed a new treaty that
clarified that Bhutan was master of its own foreign relations, superseding
the treaty signed in 1949.
The superseded treaty is still sometimes misinterpreted to mean that India
controls Bhutan's foreign
affairs, but the government of Bhutan handles all of its own foreign affairs,
including the sensitive
to-India border demarcation issue with China.
Bhutan's economy is based on agriculture, forestry, tourism and the sale
of hydroelectric power
to India. Agriculture provides the main livelihood for more than 80 percent
of the population. Bhutan
and India signed a 'free trade' accord in 2008, which additionally allowed
Bhutanese imports and exports
from third markets to transit India without tariffs.
A view of Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan
A vegetable market in Thimphu: A chili is a favorite food for Bhutanese.
A vegetable market in Thimphu
A week-end market in Thimphu
The left photograph shows a blood pressure check of Bhutanese residents
at a hospital booth.
A multi-stories residence in Thimphu, Bhutan
(L) A multi-stories residence in Thimphu (R) Clock Tower Square, the city
center of Thimphu
An only movie theater and the Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu, Bhutan
The main street of Thimphu
In Bhutan, there is no traffic light. A policeman controls automobiles
instructing by hand, at the intersection of the center of Thimphu.
A policeman controls automobiles instructing by hand
Many Bhutanese are walking on the main street of Thimphu. You have to watch
your steps, because of a sudden defect of a sidewalk.
(L) Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan
(R) A guide map of the hospital
A sign board saying that the Hospital is a tobacco, alcohol and doma free.
Doma is a traditional addictive food of Bhutan.
Old Bhutanese house and a new apartment house, which is under construction
There were many apartment houses under construction in the suburb area
(L) A residential area of Thimphu (R) Thimphu Chuu River
A residence is standing a riverside of the Chuu. A highway runs in parallel
to the Chuu River.
(L) The important road junction, at which traffic goes to Haa, 80 Kms,
and to Thimphu, 31 Kms.
(R) A slum house was observed between the Thimphu-Haa highway and Chuu
(L) The trifurcation of river to Paro, Haa and Thimphu (M) A paved key-highway
connects Thimphu, Paro and Phuntsholing.
(R) The important road junction to Phuntsholing, a border town in southern
Bhutan with India
The main street of Paro: A street light in the right photo, which are rather
a few in Bhutan's city street.
A few bicycles were observed in the town while staying in Bhutan.
(L) A restaurant in Paro: No-smoking sign is seen at the left upper corner
of this photo. (R) Exterior of the restaurant
A gas station in Paro: Unlead gas costs a driver 65.38 Rupees ( about 1.27
dollars, 100 yen ) per liter.
The average gas price in the United States is 0.95-1.10 dollars, in Japan
about 1.77 dollars per liter, in October 2012.
(L) Chuu River and playing flags
(R) Bhutanese residents walk and walk. Some students walk on a mountainous
alley for 20 to 30 minutes to go to school.
Rice and bean fields, Paro: A Japanese Keiji Nishioka (1933-1992) has made
great contributions to the rice cultivation
in Paro and other places of Bhutan.
(L) A cow in walking on the road of Paro
(M) School bus for a junior student: Not all students can use a school
(R) Many students walk on the road, sometimes, more than 30 minutes.
(L)(R) Colorful traditional clothes for sale, at Paro (M) National dress
of Bhutan is called gho for men.
These photographs were taken at a private house in Paro.
Bhutanese altar is located on the second floor ( the third floor from the
North American standard ).
This room is served as a guest room. The first floor is for sleeping of
The basement is designated for a cow and other animals.
A hand-made meal was served for a visiting tourist.
An English-speaking guide with an extensive knowledge (left), and a skilful
Google Map of Bhutan
A spectacular landing on the Paro International Airport, Bhutan
Drive from Paro to Thimphu, Bhutan
A direct freight from Bangkok made a spectacular landing on the Paro International
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Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and the National Memorial Choeten, Thimphu
Prayer wheels, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit and
to purify negative act of life in the past.
(L) No-smoking sign in a restaurant/bar
(M) A note PC, which is an important goods for a travel guide, is usually
keeping in the large inside pocket space.
(R) There is no traffic signal in the country of Bhutan.
A Thimph street, a hotel and residence
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The photographs were taken in September, and the article was written in
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.