Bhutan April, 2009 – Update 5

by Beth Whitman (June 17th, 2009)

The big finale for our tour to Bhutan was climbing to Tiger’s Nest. The above photo was taken from the viewpoint a bit more than a stone’s throw from this spectacular monastery. This sacred building, located not far from the town of Paro, is perched on the side of a mountain more than 10,000 feet [...]

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Bhutan April, 2009: Update 1

by Beth Whitman (May 12th, 2009)

It’s been a difficult return to Seattle for me and I’ve struggled to plant myself at my laptop to share my stories about Bhutan. After spending 12 days traversing the mountains of the Himalayas, hiking switchbacks up mountaintops to see spectacular views of valleys below and snow-covered mountains, life in Seattle seems trivial. Facebook, Twitter, [...]

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Bhutan Rolls Back Daily Tariff Increase

by Beth Whitman (January 15th, 2009)

Tiger’s Nest Monastery A few months ago, the Bhutanese government made an unpopular decision to increase the daily tariff for tourists from $200 to $250 U.S. While this covers nearly all of a traveler’s expenses when in-country, even $200 a day is pretty steep for Asia. So why is Bhutan so expensive? There are two [...]

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