GNH tour is a special trip organized only by our company, which is why the itinerary is not displayed here. The tour is comprised of 10 nights/ 11days starting from western to central Bhutan with lot of excursions and meeting people.
Many countries in the world measure their countries’ development in Gross National Product but Bhutan measure in Happiness. Many believe that key to happiness is material wealth where as Bhutan is in contrary. “High Value, Low Impact” tourism too was derived from the philosophy to maintain Bhutan’s culture and natural environment.
Bhutan joined United Nations in 1971 during His Majesty the third king Druk Gyelpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck’s reign where he expressed his view of “people’s prosperity and happiness”.
When His Majesty the fourth King Druk Gyelpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck became the King in 1972 at the age of 17, he had to decide what should be the philosophy behind for Bhutan. He looked at other countries and found that government and people are striving for economic wealth. This would make people live comfortable life but in the down side, people would be living in poverty and social isolation. This is not the vision of the fourth King for Bhutan.
The idea of Gross National Happiness was born from third king’s view of “people’s prosperity and happiness”. Country’s development is measured not only on economic income but also people’s happiness. Economic growth is also needed for the government to maintain public health, education, people’s income and living standards. To build a human society, economic and spiritual development should take place simultaneously.
The fourth Dragon King lived a simple life. He decided to hand over even his power to the people in 2006 to make them happy and changed the history of Bhutan with first parliamentary election held in 2008. The people of Bhutan strongly believed in GNH.
The Four Main Pillars of GNH:
Equitable and equal socio-economic development
Preservation and promotion of cultural and spiritual heritage
Conservation of natural environment and
The concept of Gross National Happiness has been taken by the United Nations and many other countries to make the earth happier place to live in.