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5 reasons Bhutan is worth the US$250 daily fee

Bhutan’s strategy of “low volume, high quality” tourism has made it a highly regarded destination among discerning travelers.

It costs an official US$250 per day per person to sample the charms of this isolated Himalayan kingdom. an amount that includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.

While it’s not quite an arm and a leg, the cost does seem restrictive for some. It’s the government’s way of keeping the country from being overrun by mass tourism, while at the same time ensuring its preferred visitors get the most value out of their trips.

So is it really worth the money? These five experiences have convinced us it is.

1. Bhutanese lifestyle

The word “authentic” is more overused than the word “sorry” in tourism, but Bhutan is a place that can remind us of the true meaning of cultural authenticity.

Tourism got here less than four decades ago. The hermit kingdom has preserved its rich cultural identity throughout years of isolation .

On the streets, traditional dress remains the preferred attire  and local languages Dzongka and Sharchop can be heard.  Native Dzongka-style architectural features still grace every building and Buddhism colors just about every aspect of life.

But change is in the air. The arrival of TV and the Internet in 1999 has brought the outside world into Bhutanese homes, with mostly positive reactions from the locals.

“I appreciate the technology and the progressive attitude of the so-called ‘modern world.’ This can help us improve farming techniques or use better medical facilities,” reflects Kinley Tenzing, a car salesman from the capital of Thimphu.

“We just need to manage foreign influence s o that we don’t lose our cultural identity”.

Bhutanese kids in your average, non-traditional play-wear — shorts and tees.

Concerns about the erosion of Bhutanese values have led to a government-imposed dress code for working attire. Only the male gho and female kira dresses are allowed for official duties. There’s also a ban on non-traditional forms of architecture.

Despite this, one can occasionally glimpse T-shirts and jeans worn by young Bhutanese on weekends.

And an escalator-equipped shopping mall now stands proudly in the middle of Thimphu.

Starbucks and McDonald’s have yet to appear. They probably won’t open shop anytime soon.

2. Bhuddist peace

Outdoor enthusiast or not, no visitor leaves Bhutan without making the trek to the Taktsang Palphug, aka the Tiger’s Nest. See the gallery above.

Situated on the edge of a cliff, some 900 meters above the rice fields of Paro, this 320-year-old monastery is considered one of the kingdom’s most sacred religious sites.

Legend has it Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated for years inside a cave that now lies at the heart of the temple. The Tiger’s Nest is now a revered Buddhist meditation site and tourist attraction.

To get here, you’ll need to trek 90n minutes, breathing thin mountain air.

The trail winds through pine forests, past ancient Buddhist shrines adorned with endless lines of prayer flags. Smiling pilgrims and stunning landscape views accompany every step.

The hike takes effort, but simply walking these revered slopes is enough to induce a meditative mood.

3. Spicy food

The Bhutanese aren’t kidding when they say that chillies are their favorite vegetables.

Proof is their fondness for emma datshi, an insanely hot delicacy of boiled chillies and native cheese. It’s their de facto national dish, a source of cultural pride and a mainstay in every meal.

The first taste is always fiery, but get past the spice and it becomes easy to appreciate the creamy, salty, somewhat fruity flavor.

Paired with native red rice, emma datshi becomes a satisfying meal.

If you worry this dish will be too hot, fear not: local chefs usually tone it down for foreign diners.

4. Unexpected attractions

While phallic murals like this one cause non-Bhutanese to blush, they’re commonplace, sacred images for locals. The town of Punakha is home to one of the most unusual shrines in Buddhism.

The Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, a tantric Buddhist saint known for his unconventional approach to religion.

You’ll know what this means when you see the murals and carvings depicting the male phallus. Sex was Drukpa Kunley’s way of blessing devotees. It’s claimed he made love to more than 5,000 women in his lifetime and it’s believed the sex act helped devotees on the path to enlightenment.

The Chimi Lhakhang is more than just a village shrine. It’s a fertility pilgrimage site for those wishing to bear children.

Households around the shrine hang wooden phalluses to bless the home and promote harmony among family members.

5. Nightlife, Bhutan-style

Evening entertainment in Bhutan is rather tame. What it lacks in variety, however, it makes up for with distinctly Bhutanese character.

To see what we mean, visit a drayang in any of the bigger towns and cities. These homegrown nightclubs come complete with disco balls and flickering lights set amid simple wooden interiors.

The entertainment centers on singing. Patrons choose from a stable of in-house talent and pay them to perform onstage. The going rate is BTN 30 (around US$0.60) per tune.

Bhutanese performers belt out requests in Dzongkha and Hindi while customers kick back with Red Panda beers.

Never mind if the lyrics are indecipherable. The voices are shrill and the moves truly traditional. It’s a fun, fascinating night out.

Recommended is Lha-Yul Drayang in Paro Town, but try not to arrive too late -– the place closes at 11 p.m.

How to Get There: Drukair is the national carrier of Bhutan and is the only one that flies to the international airport in Paro. The airline has hubs at Singapore ‘s Changi Airport, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport .

With the exception of Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals, independent travelers must plan a trip through an authorized travel agency such as Druk Asia (+65 6338 9909 www.drukasia.com ).

Travel packages cost US$250 per day (US$200 for low season), but includes guide, land transport, meals and three-star accommodation.





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    01/10/2017

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    Vacation Daily Planner

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    30/09/2017

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    29/09/2017

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    On the outbound side, you can easily see just what was shipped to selected destinations, who was responsible for the hauling, and any docks and discounts that were taken by the terminal. The inventory module allows you to see exactly how much of any grain is at your site at any given point in time and provides the details of whether the grain is on open storage, deferred pricing, or owned by the elevator. A daily position report may be produced for any time period for your personal use or for any inspection entity that might be visiting your facility.

    Our Grain Management System will allow you to move away from manually tracking your grain elevator inventories with unwieldy spreadsheets and move to a reliable software solution that will increase the productivity and efficiency of your operation and the satisfaction of your customers.

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    ELEVATOR

    The first module is called ELEVATOR and is where incoming grain is processed. This is the area where you enter customer information and incoming scale tickets, produce settlements, print incoming grain reports, sell stored grain, and all of the other functions associated with incoming grain.

    Customer information, including customer names, addresses, farm information and contracts, are maintained here. Customer settlements as well as numerous other reports are also produced by this component. If you need to know how much grain was received during the last week, you can obtain that information with a few keystrokes.

    SHIPPER

    SHIPPER is the second major area of the system and is used to enter and maintain information about grain that is leaving your facility. It can provide you with information about grain destinations, shipping agents, freight costs associated with the transport, and many other types of data.

    This component allows you to enter outbound tickets as they exit your facility and later enter the information that was supplied by the destination elevator where the grain was delivered. It is easy to see any discrepancies between what you say was shipped and what the other party says was received. This module also includes a number of other reports.

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    The final component of the system is known as DAILY and is where you keep up with the position of each of your grains. Information may be automatically transferred from the incoming (ELEVATOR) and outgoing (SHIPPER) tickets so that you do not need to re-enter this information a second time.

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    Our ELEVATOR Grain Management System is offered as a software subscription and is hosted on servers in the cloud.

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    If, during your 15-day trial period, you decide to continue with the software service, simply notify our office and we will set up and activate your subscription and begin billing you for the setup and subscription.

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    Included in the subscription price is a reasonable amount of support and training. A detailed instruction manual is included with the software as well as a link to several online videos we have created to teach new users how to use the system.

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    We make every effort to take your calls personally. When we are not available, we have a voice mail system and do our best to respond to your call within two business days.

    About Us

    Tom King Consulting is a small, family-based business located just outside of Denton, Texas. The business was founded by Tom King in the early 1980s. We lost Tom in early 2016, and since that time, the business has been operated by his wife, Sara, and son, Scott. Tom developed and supplied software for well over four decades, and Scott has been doing the same since the late 1970s. We have deliberately maintained our size and structure in order to maintain reasonable prices and to try to offer the kind of personal service that we appreciate from others.

    A Brief Look at Our History

    In the early 1980s, Tom received a request to develop a software product to help manage the wheat harvest from his brother-in-law who was operating a grain elevator in Graham, Texas. Tom had been in the computer business for well over twenty years at the time, and after a certain amount of persuasion, he agreed to put something together that would benefit his brother-in-law as well as his sister-in-law who was doing most of the office work. That was the rudimentary beginnings of the Grain Management System that we offer today.

    During the next few years, there was some interest shown by other operators, and the system gradually increased in functionality and scope. By about 1988, there was enough interest in the system to gather a number of elevator operators and determine what was required to produce a commercial software product. With their encouragement and support, we went through a complete re-design and re-development of the entire system. At that time, the system we redesigned to use a relational database and was completely DOS based. As we began to see some success in the marketplace during the decade of the 90s, we were issuing new releases of the software about once a year.

    In the late 1990s, it became apparent that we would need to make the conversion to Windows. That entailed another major re-design and re-writing of the system and turned out to be the most extensive conversion that we had done to date, requiring a major investment into the product. Even though we had to increase the price slightly, we continued to sell the product for much less than all of our larger competitors. Throughout this period, we continued to make enhancements and improvements to the product and maintained the ability to run under the various versions of Microsoft Windows that have been released.

    In 2015, we began offering a cloud-based subscription version of the software, and by early 2017 we anticipate that all of our active customers will be using our cloud-based offering.

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    Oman Air spreads wings, offers daily flights to Goa – TOI

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    Oman Air spreads wings, offers daily flights to Goa

    Dec 1, 2015, 04.30AM IST TNN

    PANAJI: Given the rising demand for direct flights to Goa, Bengaluru and Kochi, Oman Air is all set to increase the frequency of its flights from Muscat to Indian cities. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman will operate daily flights to Goa instead of the current six flights per week. Besides this, flights from Muscat to Bengaluru and Kochi will increase to twice a day.

    Oman Air will also operate 11 flights weekly to Lucknow and 10 flights per week to Jaipur as the airline scales its operations in India, a company official said. The increase in flights to Oman will come as a boon to the large Indian workforce present in the Gulf region while also spurring the flow of tourists between the two countries.

    “Since we first launched flights to India in the 1990s, demand for seats aboard Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft has been consistently high. We will now offer daily or double-daily flights to all 11 of our destinations in India,” said Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch. “Our new flights to Goa, Bengaluru, Kochi, Lucknow and Jaipur will offer even greater choice and convenience for both, leisure and business travellers. Therefore, this will not only support the growth of tourism in Oman and India, but will also help promote vital trading partnerships between the two countries.”

    The additional flights will offer a total of 5,131 more seats and will be operated using Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft, a company official said. With the increase in flights, Oman Air will have a total of 126 flights per week between Muscat and its destinations in India.

    The airline flies to 19 destinations in the Indian subcontinent. These include the core lands of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, out of which 11 destinations are in India. Oman Air began flights to Goa in March 2015 and has since increased frequencies from four flights per week to six.





    28/07/2017

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    A Qantas Airways Airbus A380 lands at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after a nonstop flight from Sydney, Australia, Sept. 29, 2014. In the background, an American Airlines Boeing 737.

    Qantas Airways will be making the longest flight in the world seven days a week beginning in April 2016.

    The Australia-based airline said Wednesday they will increase their service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Sydney Airport to seven flights a week — up one from the current six.

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    Qantas currently makes the longest scheduled passenger flight in the world, Dallas to Sydney, in about 16 hours, on their Airbus A380 aircraft. The airline began nonstop service to D/FW in 2011 using Boeing 747 aircraft, but began making the flights with the A380 last fall.

    Qantas said with the additional flight they’ll now be able to ferry more than 3,300 passengers weekly between Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney.





    24/04/2017

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    Oman Air offers daily flights to Goa

    December 1, 2015

    PANAJI

    Given the rising demand for direct flights to Goa, Bengaluru and Kochi, Oman Air is all set to increase the frequency of its flights from Muscat to Indian cities.

    The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman will operate daily flights to Goa instead of the current six flights per week. Besides this, flights from Muscat to Bengaluru and Kochi will increase to twice a day, reports The Times of India.

    Oman Air will also operate 11 flights weekly to Lucknow and 10 flights per week to Jaipur as the airline scales its operations in India, a company official said. The increase in flights to Oman will come as a boon to the large Indian workforce present in the Gulf region while also spurring the flow of tourists between the two countries.

    Since we first launched flights to India in the 1990s, demand for seats aboard Oman Air s outstanding aircraft has been consistently high. We will now offer daily or double-daily flights to all 11 of our destinations in India, said Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch. Our new flights to Goa, Bengaluru, Kochi, Lucknow and Jaipur will offer even greater choice and convenience for both, leisure and business travellers. Therefore, this will not only support the growth of tourism in Oman and India, but will also help promote vital trading partnerships between the two countries.

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    08/02/2017

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    Oman Air spreads wings, offers daily flights to Goa – TOI

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    Oman Air spreads wings, offers daily flights to Goa

    Dec 1, 2015, 04.30AM IST TNN

    PANAJI: Given the rising demand for direct flights to Goa, Bengaluru and Kochi, Oman Air is all set to increase the frequency of its flights from Muscat to Indian cities. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman will operate daily flights to Goa instead of the current six flights per week. Besides this, flights from Muscat to Bengaluru and Kochi will increase to twice a day.

    Oman Air will also operate 11 flights weekly to Lucknow and 10 flights per week to Jaipur as the airline scales its operations in India, a company official said. The increase in flights to Oman will come as a boon to the large Indian workforce present in the Gulf region while also spurring the flow of tourists between the two countries.

    “Since we first launched flights to India in the 1990s, demand for seats aboard Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft has been consistently high. We will now offer daily or double-daily flights to all 11 of our destinations in India,” said Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch. “Our new flights to Goa, Bengaluru, Kochi, Lucknow and Jaipur will offer even greater choice and convenience for both, leisure and business travellers. Therefore, this will not only support the growth of tourism in Oman and India, but will also help promote vital trading partnerships between the two countries.”

    The additional flights will offer a total of 5,131 more seats and will be operated using Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft, a company official said. With the increase in flights, Oman Air will have a total of 126 flights per week between Muscat and its destinations in India.

    The airline flies to 19 destinations in the Indian subcontinent. These include the core lands of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, out of which 11 destinations are in India. Oman Air began flights to Goa in March 2015 and has since increased frequencies from four flights per week to six.





    08/02/2017

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