Situated in the east side of the enormous and gorgeous Himalayas, Bhutan is visualized as the land of monasteries, temples and of course, mesmerizing natural beauty and one of the most eye-catching wilderness. The country is unlike any other. There are unprecedented travel experiences, hiking, trekking, adventure, and spiritual that entice every visitor. PErtinently, Bhutan opened it’s borders for tourists after 1974, but more and more number of visitors are now visiting the country that contributes in making revenue for the country. The “High value, low impact” slogan which fits with its sustainable methodology, has been in the tourism policy of Bhutan ever since that implies exclusivity and high production for the kingdom.
If you fancy a trip to this wonderful Himalayan country, here are a few things to consider before you start packing your bags.
1)Best time to visit Bhutan?
The ideal time to tour Bhutan is during the spring season, i.e from March to May. It’s the time when flowers are blossoming, skies are clear and clearly visible Himalayan peaks. From June to August, the tourist season is all time low because of the incessant rains that significantly restrict the tourist activities, such as trekking and sightseeing. But of course, travelling in this season would be least expensive than in peak seasons when the rush of visitors is quite high.
Since the country is also known for it’s buoyant and vigorous religious festivals, many people from all over the world like to witness the enthralling gala. These religious festivals and events are known as Tshechus, which means “10th day” and every temple and monastery hosts their Tshechu on the 10th of their selected month. These festivals are regarded with high respect and people gather together for masked dances and receive blessings from their deities. These special events and festivals particularly attract visitors, creating a unique and remarkable aura. It also familiarises foreign people with the traditions,culture and history of Bhutan.
2) Choosing a tour operator
Travelling to Bhutan cannot be decided in a jiffy. The government of Bhutan requires tourists to plan their journey in advance and book their tour, artrange their visas, etc through government approved tour operators. It’s all pre-paid. The tourist fee per person per day is $200-250, including accommodation, food and travel within the country and an assigned travel guide. However citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives do not require a visa to visit Bhutan.
3) Food in Bhutan
The food in Bhutan is mostly quite spicy and almost every meal includes chillies. If you are not used to eating spicy food, you can ask for anything with no chillies. They will politely oblige. Rice and meat dishes are the staples. However veggies, momos and dumplings are also also available widely.
4) Dress Code
The traditional dress of Bhutan is a “gho” for men and “kira” for women. Gho is a long, knee-length robe like garment, wrapped around and held with a belt, while kira is an ankle-length dress accompanied by a jacket called “Tego”, with an inner layer known as a “Wonju”. The local people wear them on all occasions, in temples monasteries and Dzongs, etc. But visitors are not necessarily required to wear them. However while visiting their temples and other religious places, it’s important to ensure that you are covered. You must also remove your hat or cap if you are near their national flag, and remove your footwear as well when entering a holy place, such as a temple or a monastery.
The language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. However, taxi drivers, shopkeepers, hotel and restaurant staff can speak and understand English quite well.
People of Bhutan are quite friendly. However they are shy too. If you want to take a picture of the local people there, seek permission first. However, avoid clicking pictures of any member from the Royal family. This could land you in trouble otherwise.
Photographing their temples and Dzongs is permitted but not where their deities are placed. Also keep in mind that wherever you require to take off your shoes, clicking pictures is prohibited. However you can always take help from you local tour guide.
7) Smoking is prohibited in Bhutan
Just like any other country, Bhutan also has it’s rules and regulations. It is imperative upon visitors to strictly adhere to them. The country has a stern and uncompromising policy for tobacco consumption. Smoking is totally banned at public places in Bhutan. However foreign tourists are allowed to carry a maximum of 200 cigarettes and you can find a hotel, restaurant or a bar to smoke. If you are caught smoking at a public place or their religious place, a high amount of fine can be imposed on you and you could even be sentenced jail.
8) Do not disrespect the tradition or the Royals
The Royals are considered the incarnation of their Gods and deities. So any indecent and rude remark towards the royals will not be appreciated. Make sure you do not mock them.
9) ATMs in Bhutan
ATMs are easily available in most parts of Bhutan. However the transaction charges might be variable. Foreign currency can be exchanged for the local currency when you land in Bhutan.
10) Get a local SIM card
There is no guarantee that your SIM card would work in Bhutan, as there is a handful of mobile service providers in the country. However you can get a local SIM quite easily to stay connected. You will need your passport You tour guide would help you getting one.
After having read about the kingdom, you must be certainly be excited for a Bhutan tour. If you desire a smooth, cheerful and hassle free tour experience, you can always count on bookmytour.bt for a trip to cherish, as we offer a wide range of packages that suit you best.
This article is a contribution of Ram Narayan Mandal
About the Author:
Ram Narayan Mandal, is a content manager at the BookMyTour.
He basically used to write about the topic that helps people to understand better about Bhutan.
Cerebreon: Debt Support Startup Close £1.5m Seed Round to Help Save UK’s Most Vulnerable
Insolvency technology startup Cerebreon close final funds in £1.5m Seed round in a bid to scale support to the UK’s most vulnerable consumers to avoid bankruptcy.
Cerebreon is working with consumers, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners, to deploy their deep learning platform to help predict and prevent insolvency ahead of time.
Gillian Doyle, Cerebreon CEO, said, “Our mission is to support the most vulnerable people in society to help them to avoid insolvency. Unsecured personal debt was measured at £3.6Bn – with the COVID-19 outbreak UK families are taking on increasing levels of debt to survive.”
She went on to say, “By supplying data, debt insight and insolvency predictions to creditors as well as the insolvency industry, we can have a direct and positive effect on financial wellbeing and ultimately survival as a result of breaks in family incomes.”
The Irish startup were selected by Accenture’s Fintech Innovation Lab to take part in the highly competitive accelerator programme which has provided Cerebreon unrivalled access to key staff in the largest financial institutions.
Former BlackRock Managing Director, Scott Condron, commented, “Cerebreon has identified how digitization and data can be used to fundamentally alter the outcomes for debt distressed consumers, allowing more to emerge from insolvency and increasing recovery rates for creditors. Tech for good in action.”
The Donegal based tech firm have partnered with tech giant Microsoft to deliver the highest levels of security to protect sensitive personal data, using Microsoft Azure.
The £1.5m seed round was led by Delta Partners and supported by HBAN/private Angels, Western Development Commission, Consilience Ventures and Growing Capital who have invested in the Irish deep learning startup to boost go to market plans and product development as the financial crisis deepens in the UK.
Kevin Monserrat, Founding Partner at Consilience Ventures, commented, “The current financial crisis makes Cerebreon one of the most important and relevant tech platforms and we are proud to support the acceleration of their support to UK consumers in debt.”
Graph Blockchain Annouces Strategic Financial Advisory Agreement with Gravitas Securities
Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – March 24, 2020) – Graph Blockchain Inc. (CSE: GBLC) (“Graph” or “Company“) is pleased to announce it has executed on a financial advisory agreement with Gravitas Securities (GSI) to assess future business opportunities and develop a capital markets strategy as the Company’s financial strategic advisor, while the Company moves in to creating its blockchain supported e-Commerce marketplace for the booming psychedelic and ancillary sector.
GSI will assist the Company in closing its second tranche of the Company’s previously announced non-brokered private placement (2020-02-19) to raise up to $500,000. The company previously announced it’s first tranche close of $150,000 on 03/11/2020.
“We are pleased to enter into an Advisory Agreement with GSI,” announced Christian Scovenna, President & COO of the Company. “This announcement of having an investment bank like GSI solidifies GBLC’s commitment to spearhead the Company’s direction into the e-commerce psychedelics sector while creating shareholder value. GSI has demonstrated exemplary work with public companies with an affinity for growth via M&A proves significant value it can add. We are excited to have GSI assess future business opportunities and develop a capital markets strategy as our strategic financial advisor.”
Subject to the prior approval of CSE, the Company has agreed to pay GSI a retainer fee payable for services provided for each full Calendar Month for a period of twelve months. The payment shall be comprised of (subject to approval by the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”)) $15,000 (plus applicable tax) monthly payment in stock that will be invoiced annually in full, which will be paid in common shares at a deemed price per share equal to the greater of $0.05 or the minimum price per share permitted by the CSE at the time of issuance of such shares. Subject to CSE approval, these shares will be issued to GSI immediately. GSI may be paid a cash commission on any eligible subscriptions for potential private placement(s) within the stated (12) month advisory agreement. The Company will also, as soon as reasonably practicable following closing of the Transaction and subject to compliance with the stock option plan of the Company, shareholder approval of the stock option plan and the policies of the CSE, issue stock options (each, an “Option”) to GSI entitling GSI to purchase in the aggregate up to 2.5% of the total shares issued and outstanding in the Company. The exercise price and vesting provisions, if any, for these Options will be determined by the board of directors of the Company at the time of grant in the context of the stock option plan of the Company.
The Agreement, retainer fee and Option grant will be subject to such other approval, terms and conditions as would be typical for an agreement of this nature in the Canadian market. These conditions include:
(i) a condition respecting receipt of regulatory CSE (Canadian Securities Exchange) approvals;
(ii) a condition that no material adverse change affecting GSI has occurred;
(iii) a condition that all “shares for Service” adhere to IIROC and Regulatory trading and escrowed provisions.
About Gravitas Securities Inc.
Gravitas is known for sophisticated sector expertise, tactical individuals with a commitment to excellence, global integration and innovation, and as a leading independent wealth management and capital markets firm. Gravitas provides a wide range of investment mandates and services for retail and corporate clients globally from offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, and is represented in the United States through its FINRA representative, Gravitas Capital International, in New York and San Francisco.
About Graph Blockchain Inc.
The Company develops leading-edge private blockchain business intelligence and data management solutions that it will implement into a blockchain supported e-commerce marketplace for the sale of psychedelic and ancillary products in legal jurisdictions.
Additional Information on the Company is available at: www.graphblockchain.com
For further information, please contact:
Govinda Butcher – CEO
Phone: (416) 522-6688
Christian Scovenna – President & COO
Phone: (416) 453-4708
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature may constitute forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “likely”, “should”, “would”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “potential”, “proposed”, “estimate”, “believe” or the negative of these terms, or other similar words, expressions and grammatical variations thereof, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” happen, or by discussions of strategy. Readers are cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Such statements may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated.
Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and reflect the Company’s expectations as of the date hereof and are subject to change thereafter. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, estimates or opinions, future events or results or otherwise or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward-looking information, except as required by applicable law.
To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/53724
Announcing the Virtual Gathering of the European Tech professionals (#TCE2020VE)
The TECH Conference Europe 2020 Spring Edition becomes a hybrid conference.
We have some important updates about the upcoming TCE2020 Spring Edition.
Due to the many travel restrictions, we have decided to create a Virtual Conference which gathers Tech professionals to discuss the vital topics with which companies in Europe and around the world are dealing with.
The Virtual Conference will take place on the 9th of June and everyone is invited to join and hear how Mobility, EdTech, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Fashiontech, and Fintech companies are embracing the current events and helping globally.
In order to secure your virtual seat, make sure to register here (no travel needed, you can attend from the comfort of your home or office)
PLEASE NOTE: If you are already a registered delegate of TCE Spring Edition, you don’t have to purchase a new ticket!
“As the world is sailing into uncharted waters, it is not likely that you will have the possibility to travel in the upcoming 3 months, so we are giving the chance for tech professionals, startups, investors to attend a full day of quality learning and networking from the comfort of their home” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.
The agenda of the conference has been updated and now addresses current affairs with panel discussions that revolve around the current topics which many tech industries are facing.
Among the topics of the conference, you will find discussions such as:
- Champions Of Mobility During Global Pandemic
- Fashiontech – Is The Fashion Sector Suffering Or Innovating?
- Global Consumer Sentiment During Pandemic And Boosting Essential Services
- Edtech Becomes An Essential Part Of Teaching And Providers Show Camaraderie
- Fintech, Blockchain And Fintech, Blockchain At The Forefront Of Fighting The Pandemic
More topics will be added to the agenda as the demand is high from tech companies. We are inviting all industry experts to nominate speakers here.
The speakers and moderators
Among the already confirmed speakers and moderators you can find: Jovita Gabnienė (Attorney at Law, Head of Litigation & Investigations Team at Ellex Valiunas), Stefania Barbaglio (Founder and Director at Cassiopeia Services), Erja Retzén (Senior Managing Director, Global Listing Services at Nasdaq), Filipa Neto (Innovation Principal at Farfetch), Kostandina Zafirovska (General Manager of IT Labs), Sukhi Jutla (COO & Co-founder at MarketOrders), Kamilė Kliukienė (Legal Counsel at Telia, Women Go Tech alumni), Jaka Repanšek (Media and TECH Law Expert), Rauno Parras (Director of parcel services at Itella Estonia), Marek Kopanicky (Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency), Gerard Martret (Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl), Vytautas Karalevičius (Co-founder at Bankera), Magith Noohukhan (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze), Dean Rakic (Chief Blockchain Officer at Blockcontrol Germany), Ricky Booker (Founder & CEO at Tradestreet), Slava Jefremov (CPO at Cointraffic), Vesa Perälä (CEO and Founder at Claned Group), Karim Coppola (Founder and Creative Director at VISORE LAB) and Alexander Belov (Co-Founder at Coinstelegram).
More speakers will be added along the way.
Sponsors and Partners
We are also happy to announce that IT Labs, the main sponsor of the conference has opted to support both virtual and live editions of the event.
For further inquiries about the peaking/attending/sponsoring options, make sure to send an e-mail to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).
Among the supporters of the conference, you will also find the Georgian Venture Capital Association as a strategic partner, and leading media outlets such as Coins Flare, Embassy of Blockchain, CoinPedia, TechEvents Online, AI Time Journal, Cassiopeia Services, iBlock.tv, TechieScoops, DigitalScounting.de and many more.
Visit www.virtualedition.techconferenc.eu for more details!
For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).
TECH Conference Europe (TCE) Spring Edition, BTech and NTech Awards
TCE Spring Edition will become TCE Summer and will be held on the 4th of August. More information about the topics and speakers will be announced at a later stage.
The online voting stage for BTech and NTech Awards 2020 has been stopped and will be reset in order to allow all participants to focus on different matters.
A new online voting stage will be started between 1 and 30 June. Further information will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Hipther Agency (organizers of TECH Conference Europe) press contacts:
Zoltan Tuendik, Head of Business
email@example.com, +40 735 559 234
Alex Marginean, Marketing Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org, +40 731 394 220
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