I have been fascinated by Bhutan for a long time. It is located in the Himalayas and is mostly forest. It is considered to be one of the world’s leaders in environmental conservation. It has three types of ecosystem: alpine zone (4000 feet and up) with no forest cover, temperate zone, and subtropical zone. Some of the rarest animals live in Bhutan. They include the golden langur, a species of monkey that lives only in Bhutan. There are also white bellied herons and black necked cranes.
Bhutan is a Buddhist nation and, instead of a gross domestic product, it has a “happiness index.” In the capital city, Thimpu, there are no traffic lights.
Visiting Bhutan, however, is an expensive business. Visitors have to pay $250 for each day that they are in Bhutan, which is in addition to whatever cost they are incurring for lodging, food, tours, and souvenirs. That, of course, does not even include the cost of getting to Bhutan. So it doesn’t look as if I will be going to Bhutan any time in the near future.
Unfortunately, Bhutan’s human rights record is nowhere near as stellar as its environmental record.
On Sunday, Lamin Tamang, who is the coordinator of Buffalo’s Bhutanese-Nepali community, came to speak at Riverside-Salem Environmental Cottage and to show a movie, In Search of a Nation, which was filmed in Jhapa,Nepal in 2013. The movie was directed by Prakash Angdembe and Samten Bhutia and was written by Prakash Angedembe. All of the performers are nonprofessional actors.
“It tells my story and that of Nepali Bhutanese,” Lamin said. The story is of 120,000 refugees from Bhutan. They are all of Nepali descent.
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What a beautifully written story. Thanks for sharing this and giving us a view of what is happening. You always have such a gentle voice in your sharing and your blog is so inviting.
Thank you so much, Candess.
Amazing story! I never knew about that nation. Thanks much for sharing.