Bhutan Tourism: COVID-19 & other observations.
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Bhutan Tourism: COVID-19 and other observations.
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Bhutan COVID-19 Update.
Last week Bhutan had possibly set yet another world record. They had vaccinated 423,114 of their total eligible adults, being 533,558, by Thu 01APR. As I type the remainder are likely to have been vaccinated in their first round.
That’s quite an achievement and shows great logistical organisation. And especially in a remote, mountainous environment where so many citizens live far away from the main road traversing the Kingdom.
The Power of the Phallus!
Anyone who has visited Bhutan will be well aware of the many phallic paintings and carvings that adorn the Bhutanese houses.
These are there to ward off evil spirits and demons and you can witness these regularly all over the Kingdom.
They are also displayed on a person if a day is not going well. For instance, if an archer hasn’t been hitting the target he’ll hang a wooden phallus off his wrist.
And don’t be surprised if the front door handle of a local home displays a phallus. Gotta keep those demons at bay!
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And then there's the 'Night-Hunting'!
Over the years our Bhutanese guides, who all have a wonderful sense of humour, have delighted in telling us stories of the ‘night-hunting’.
Whilst rare these days, in the major towns and capital Thimphu, night-hunting is apparently still ‘enjoyed’ in the more remote rural villages where, aside from annual festivals, its not always easy for young men & women to get acquainted with each other.
It works like this.
A local boy makes eyes at a local girl, or v.v., and a nod indicates some interest.
Boy obtains a ladder and climbs up to girls 2nd floor bedroom in the dead of night. All going to plan she opens the window and lets him in. The rest is up to your imagination.
However, the one big drawback of this style of rendezvous is that traditionally Bhutanese families all sleep together in one room, on the floor.
So imagine mum & dad, plus brothers & sisters, and no doubt a dog or two, all snoozing away during this event. Or pretending to.
The unwritten law is that if mum and/or dad catch the couple in the act the boy must agree to marry the girl immediately.
There have been many injuries reported of young men scampering to escape and not negotiating the ladder back down to earth.
Small Group Tours to Bhutan
We have small group tours to Bhutan scheduled from SEP 21 right through to the end of 2022.
Sure, some may have to be ‘deferred’ due COVID-19 but we’ll manage that process ok. So, do feel free to book on any that appeal and we’ll happily hold your reservation with no financial risk or deposit required until travel is safe & certain again.
And our small group tours usually are limited to a maximum of 8 travellers for the very best experience.
Take the road less travelled.
Article by James Irving – Bhutan Travel & Tourism Expert
James Irving – Bhutan Travel Expert.
James has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years & has been involved in the leisure, corporate, group, sport, incentive & wholesale Travel genres.
James loves rugby union, and keenly supports the Queensland Reds and the Australian Wallabies.