66 views

Seeing and experiencing Real Bhutan

Yes, we have deep respect for those tourists, who visit the places and observe the real festivals with the natives and enjoy them to the fullest. Such foreigners will get more out of Bhutan and their visits.

Yes, we have deep respect for those tourists, who visit the places and observe the real festivals with the natives and enjoy them to the fullest. Such foreigners will get more out of Bhutan and their visits. In my opinion, most tourists would like to see something like that and experience real Bhutan and not the one that’s artificially created for them. They would like to spend some time interacting with our farmers.

Our people need to maintain clean rooms and cook hygienic food. Such skills can be provided to the people in the rural villages. If only that happens can we see the benefit of tourism being shared with all. Because, right now, only those who own big restaurants in urban centers and those who own major tour companies are the ultimate beneficiaries. That way we will have rich people getting richer while the poor will remain more or less a mere spectator of this ever happening tourism sector.

We need to think of new tourist destinations. For now, almost every tour company sells almost the same tour packages. And that would one day bore tourists to the point of no return. That is really bad. The risk is that one day, things would become so monotonous that our visitors would rather visit some cheaper places that offer creative tour packages. We don’t want that to happen, do we?

And look at the handicrafts that are sold in Bhutanese shops. I heard they are imported from our neighboring countries. Why are we even promoting such cheap products, in the first place? Why do we need to promote them? Should we put an end to such products?

Thinking of short term gain will cost us dear in the longer run. That is why I think we need to promote our own and what is our own. We need to train our people and build their capacities to produce goods of higher standards and have them promoted to the outside world

The writer today works for READ Bhutan, an NGO and lives in Thimphu with his wife and six-year-old daughter. A blogger and a social worker, Nawang also authored two books.

Nawang p. phuntsho


Related Posts

Hoteliers for Tourist boom over the years

Bhutan ultimate gateway to tourist destinations received success inflow of travelers booming economy.

Aug 06, 2017 19:35

“I wanted to try”

A retired soldier, Wangda is experimenting growing crops that were not grown in Wangkha in the past

Aug 24, 2017 16:31

Exploring the alternative

To put it aptly, rural people have access to banks, but no access to loans or finance. Perhaps, it’s this notion that...

Aug 21, 2017 15:07

Gyenkhang rule man-made, says renowned Buddhist scholar

“Gyenkhang basically means the house of the protector deities: gyen stands for the guardian/ protector and khang for...

Aug 17, 2017 10:24

Historical tale of Bepzur Chukpo’s Mansion in Tang

Three floors, 27 rooms, and one great storehouse of history, Bepzur Chukpo’s Mansion, a family home turned museum at...

Aug 11, 2017 22:00

Khakey Capturing The Snowball Culture

Yeshi Tsheyang Zam is 11-year-old. She likes to read, watch TV, and play video games and basketball in her free time....

Aug 07, 2017 13:34

Latest

Business

Annual mega trade fair with thematic exhibition on ‘Made in Bhutan’ from 14th to 18th September

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its seventh annual international trade fair at the Changlingmithang stadium parking in...

Sep 02, 2017 11:34

Hoteliers for Tourist boom over the years

Bhutan ultimate gateway to tourist destinations received success inflow of travelers booming economy.

Aug 06, 2017 19:35
Continue to the Business Arrow

News

“The measure of a great country is how it looks after its most vulnerable people”

UN’s resident coordinator and resident representative of UNDP, Gerald Daly, speaks to Kuensel’s Tshering Palden on UN and Bhutan’s...

Sep 09, 2017 21:53

WHO presents citation to Bhutan for eliminating measles

Bhutan and the Maldives became the first two countries to eliminate measles in the WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR) before the regional...

Sep 09, 2017 21:40
Continue to the News Arrow

Features

“I wanted to try”

A retired soldier, Wangda is experimenting growing crops that were not grown in Wangkha in the past

Aug 24, 2017 16:31

Exploring the alternative

To put it aptly, rural people have access to banks, but no access to loans or finance. Perhaps, it’s this notion that hydropower and tourism...

Aug 21, 2017 15:07
Continue to the Features Arrow

Sports

Olympic Council of Asia meets to enhance cooperation

Aug 25, 2017 19:39

Bhutan prepares to face Palestine

Going by the performance of the two in the last five games, Bhutan has a draw and a win against Bangladesh in AFC Asian qualifier in 2016,...

Aug 24, 2017 16:25
Continue to the Sports Arrow

Opinion

Green is Good

The Pedestrians’ Day was a significant one. Not just because people walked to offices on that particular day. It was significant because the...

Aug 26, 2017 17:03

Fate of the print publications?

The market situation in the country, costly print edition, maintaining nationwide reach, and professionals required to keep the paper...

Aug 25, 2017 19:25
Continue to the Opinion Arrow