A Winning Chance to Visit the Most Isolated Kingdom in the World
Druk Asia, Bhutan Travel Specialist released a trivia campaign about the Kingdom of Bhutan and one lucky winner will walk away with a pair of return flight tickets to the majestic country when the borders reopen.
Druk Asia, a pioneer travel agency specialising in Bhutan released a Bhutan trivia to educate travellers with fun facts and travel information to the most isolated kingdom in the world. To fight the travel bug, travellers can get a glimpse into this mystical country virtually through the trivia that were released.
One lucky winner will walk away with a pair of return flight tickets to Bhutan at the end of the campaign. Participants are encouraged to #PlayNowTravelLater.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BHUTAN TRIVIA?
The trivia campaign will conclude on 30 November 2020. The lucky draw winner will be announced on all Druk Asia’s social media platforms on 1 December 2020. Participate now and stand a chance to be one of the first few visitors to check out this once isolated amazing Kingdom when tourism resumes.
Thimphu Tshechu 2019. Photo credit: Druk Asia
Bhutan has been lauded as one of the countries who is handling the COVID-19 pandemic well due to its swift response. The government implemented the borders closure immediately upon the discovery of the first imported case from a tourist visiting the country on 6 March. There is also a mandatory 21-day quarantine for returning Bhutanese into the country. Safe distancing measures and COVID-19 plans were also executed promptly throughout the country with His Majesty The King at the forefront of the efforts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Drukair has been actively working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Bhutan to coordinate for repatriation flights. Thus far, we have assisted in four repatriation flights on 15 April, 17 June, 29 June, 27 July, 22 August and 3rd October for Bhutanese residing in various countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Japan, London, France, Italy, Poland, Macau, Germany, Canada, New York and the Philippines.
Aside from ensuring that these Bhutanese return home safely, these flights also act as cargo flights that send essential medical supplies to Bhutan.
Drukair at Paro International Airport. Photo credit: Druk Asia
The tourism sector is one of the country’s main sources of income alongside agriculture and hydropower. With tourism currently on halt, many locals in the industry were rendered jobless. However, many Bhutanese spent this time adapting to the new norm by venturing into different fields such as farming. Many tour guides also participated in meaningful initiatives within the country such as becoming a ‘Desuup’, a Guardian of Peace – an initiative to promote volunteerism that is the brainchild of the current King. The Desuung Programme is a national disaster management and preparedness programme that seeks to inculcate the values of civic-mindedness and responsibilities within the citizens.
In preparation for the reopening of tourism to Bhutan, the Tourism Council of Bhutan will be focusing its efforts on promoting the country as a wellness and well-being destination. TCB is also currently working on a proposal to establish a Tourism Bubble that may be implemented from March 2021. With social distancing being the new norm, Bhutan will be one of the countries that has no issue in implementing physical distancing due to its luxury of space. With a land area of 38,394 km², Bhutan has one of the lowest populations in the world at just around 770,000 people.
Tourism in Bhutan has also been highly regulated owing to its ‘High Value, Low Volume’ tourism policy that was in place since tourism began in the country in 1974. When the world was engaged in world wars, Bhutan was largely isolated from the rest of the world. Little information was known back then about this tiny Himalayan country sandwiched between two superpowers, India and China. In an attempt to protect its cultural identity and pristine environment, Bhutan has continuously strived to avoid mass tourism. This policy will make Bhutan’s reopening for tourism much easier as compared to other countries that are currently striving to become an exclusive travel destination.
Konchogsum Lhakhang in Bumthang valley. Photo credit: Druk Asia
Bhutan is a year-round travel destination that has much to offer to different kinds of travellers. From venerable pilgrimage sites such as Taktsang Monastery or popularly known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the country’s most iconic site to gorgeous Himalayan mountains, travellers will never find themselves out of activities in Bhutan. The centuries old majestic fortresses and traditional local tsechu (masked dance) festivals are also prominent highlights of the country. Whether you are an adventure junkie, spiritual seeker, foodie, avid hiker or simply indeed of an escapade, Bhutan will always be readily accessible to cater to your travel needs.
All tourists are required to book their trips through a licensed tour operator such as Druk Asia. Drukair offers direct flights to Bhutan from 5 Asian countries including Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.
For many travellers, Bhutan is definitely on top of their bucket list and stepping foot into the Land of Thunder Dragon is akin to a dream come true. For a place with so much character, deep spirituality, strong cultural identity and breathtaking landscapes, it is truly no surprise when travellers say that Bhutan is a country like no other. Some went as far as to claim it as the last Shangri-la and a lost paradise on earth. It is indeed one country where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
There is truly no better place than the Kingdom of Bhutan to catch a breath of fresh air when global tourism returns. For now, the best we can do is to learn more about this fascinating country through the Bhutan trivia and pray that we will get to visit this enchanting country soon.
Click here to participate in the Bhutan Trivia. #PlayNowTravelLater