Lord Buddha Statue to Commemorate Guru Rinpoche’s birth in the 8th Century.
India is a very good friend to Bhutan in so many ways.
Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha, was born in the 8th century. He is largely responsible for the spread of Buddhism through Tibet, Bhutan and some other parts of Asia.
At just on a metre high this statue was presented to Bhutan by India as a commemoration gift. It further cements their close and enduring relationship including religious, economic & regional security matters.
Not Forgetting the Environment!
India & Bhutan have also joined forces for some valuable & ambitious environmental projects.
In mid-June an MoU between the two nations was signed covering bilateral cooperation in fighting climate change and initiating new ways to tackle waste-management. Also on the agenda is to share ‘best practice’ on reducing air pollution and chemical management.
We wish them every success in these essential endeavours.
Bhutan, of course, is well-known globally for ‘leading the way’ in sustainability. They are to be applauded for their on-going commitment & efforts.
Bhutan & Region COVID-19 Update
With thanks to the USA! Their 21 June 2021 announcement, pledging 16 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to South Asia, comes with some relief.
Bhutan in particular will benefit, with its smaller population of 750,000 approx. The vast majority of eligible adults have already been vaccinated with their first dose.
And Bhutan still has only recorded one death due the virus. Furthermore it has maintained an enviable record of dealing with the challenges COVID-19 has bought.
Here at Bhutan & Beyond we are gearing up to reinstate bookings to Bhutan & Nepal, as soon as their borders reopen for vaccinated travellers. Even if this is just for some of our global markets, such as North America & UK/Europe etc.
Whilst India is some way off full vaccination, it is encouraging to learn their daily infection & corresponding death rates are finally slowing. We wish them all the best.
Article by 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.