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Gross National Happiness Tour

Country: Bhutan
City: Thimphu
Duration: 10 Day(s) - 9 Night(s)
Tour Category: Village Tour

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro, Paro to Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu

Introduction of Gross National Happiness/talk on GNH

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

Day 4: Punakha to Phobjikha

Interaction with local people and school children

Day 5: Phobjikha to Bumthang

Day 6: Bumthang

Hot stone bath

Farm house Visit

Day 7: Bumthang to Punakha

Day 8: Punakha to Paro

Day 9: Paro (Hike to Tiger’s Nest)

Day 10: Departure

What is Gross National Happiness?
Gross national happiness (GNH) is a measure of economic and moral progress that the king of the Himalayan country of Bhutan introduced in the 1970s as an alternative to gross domestic product. Rather than focusing strictly on quantitative economic measures, gross national happiness takes into account an evolving mix of quality-of-life factors.

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck told the Financial Times in a 1972 interview that “gross national happiness is more important than the gross national product.” It is not clear how seriously King Jigme had thought through this new metric, but Bhutanese scholars have since picked up the idea and run with it. The GNH has evolved into a somewhat scientific measure of the once-isolated kingdom's economic and moral development.

Hiking to the Tiger's Nest in this tour:
Tiger's Nest monastery called Taktsang Phalphug in Bhutanese is the major highlight of every trip to Bhutan. If you miss it, it’s like you didn’t visit the country at all. On the other hand, for many travelers this iconic monastery perched on the steep cliff above Paro valley is also the source of concerns since you need to undertake the hike – presumably a difficult one – to reach up there.

The hike to Tiger's Nest is a moderate to difficult one but you'll be able to do it if you have at least an average level of fitness. The hike takes between 3 to 5 hours depending on your pace. ... The hike is about 6 km (4 miles) in length round trip.

The only way to reach the Tiger Nest Monastery is by foot or on the back of a horse. It´s only a short 25 min car ride from Paro to reach the parking lot where you will start your hike up to The Tiger`s Nest Monastery.

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