Infographic on how to travel Bhutan
This infographic will briefly tell how to travel to Bhutan. This will also tell about the food you have to test and do’s and don’t for visiting temples and monuments. Sight seeing and activities that Bhutan can offers. Best seasons to visit Bhutan.
The brief on Happiness in Bhutan ?
In recent years Bhutan has been increasingly referred to as the ‘Happy Country’. Infact, to the outside world, happiness has almost become synonymous with Bhutan.This is because Bhutan’s development philosophy is known Gross National Happiness (GNH), which seeks to ensure that the pursuit of material growth does not come at the cost of country’s spiritual, ecological and social wellbeing.Bhutan’s fourth Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, is the father of GNH and the world heard of it the first time in 1979.
The Fourth Dragon King, then 24, was returning from Havana, Cuba, after attending the Non Aligned Summit when an Indian journalist in Mumbai, India, asked about Bhutan’s status as a poor country. His Majesty replied that for Bhutan, Gross National Happiness was more important than Gross National Product (GNP), the standard measure for economic growth used to indicate a country’s wellbeing. Bhutan began the process of modern development late, building its first network of roads and schools only in the 1960s to end its geographic isolation and modernise the subsistence economy.
By the late 70s and early 80s Bhutan’s Fourth Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, reflected on the direction of country’s development process and realised that development as measured in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) did not reflect Bhutan’s value systems, culture and institutions. This reflection was the genesis of the concept of GNH, a more holistic approach to the notions of development that goes beyond GDP as a measure of progress and development. GNH is not a promise to make people happy; it is about creating a conducive environment where citizens can pursue happiness. It aspires to do this through good governance, sustainable development, preservation of environment, and preservation and promotion of culture.
Today, Bhutan’s ancient culture is thriving and its pristine environment is protected. Development policies and programmes go through a screening tool to see whether they are in line with GNH goals. Indicators have also been developed to gauge happiness levels of the citizens and surveys carried out every five years, which provide useful data to planners and policy makers.
As a developing country, Bhutan’s needs economic growth but growth must be green, clean and sustainable. More recently Bhutan transited to a parliamentary democracy in 2008, after 100 years of monarchy. Democracy was introduced by royal decree to achieve good governance, which is one of the pillars of GNH. For Bhutan GNH is the goal, a goal worth striving for.