For a topographical map of the Black Mountain Range see: https://mapcarta.com/28383852
For Travel Doctor access and health info on Bhutan, see: www.passporthealthusa.com/ or https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/see-doctor and https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/health-and-fitness-before-you-go-traveling
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To orient yourself to the time zones see: http://www.math-only-math.com/24-hour-clock.html
Most importantly Bhutan follows the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. The present King, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has said “Today GNH has come to mean so many things to so many people, but to me it signifies simply – development with values. Thus for my nation today GNH is the bridge between the fundamental values of kindness, equality and humanity and the necessary pursuit of economic growth. GNH acts as our National Conscience guiding us towards making wise decisions for a better future.”
Results of Bhutan’s GNH values
1. Declared at COP 16 that Bhutan will remain carbon neutral – always
2. Invested heavily in green hydro power
3. Told McDonalds “No thank you” to start business in Bhutan – for health reasons
4. Achieved more than 72% forest cover
5. Protected 33% of the country in national parks or reserves for the benefit of the wildlife
6. Initiated GNH education in schools
7. Begun the process of developing GNH accounting. https://acei-global.blog/2013/04/25/20-interesting-facts-about-bhutan/
More on: http://lhayul.com/gross_national_happiness.html
All travelers: You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Routine vaccines: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Most travelers: Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in Bhutan.
Hepatitis A: CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Bhutan,
regardless of where you are eating or staying. Requires 2 shots, the first one at least 3-4 weeks before travel, the 2nd one 6 months later.
Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Bhutan. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers,
especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
More info on HepA vaccine: Get it at least one month before travel---https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/prevention-15/vaccines/need-hepatitis-vaccines?page=2