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After a gap of 60 years, Trans Bhutan Trail is now open for tourists

Bhutan recently opened its borders to tourists and after a gap of 60 long years, it has reopened its doors to the 16th Century, Trans Bhutan Trail (TBT).

The Trans Bhutan Trail served as a pilgrimage route for Buddhists from the east travelling to the most sacred sites in the western region.

And now it has been reopened once again after a long gap of 60 years.

The 403 Km trail is now open to domestic, regional, as well as international travellers.

Reports suggest that 100 per cent of the profits from the journeys go back into the Trail’s long-term maintenance and development, and into supporting the local communities which live along it.

Sam Blyth from the Bhutan Canada foundation also said that the project is also responsible for engaging communities and stimulating enterprise and employment by means of homestays, community campsites, grocery purchases for campsites, and guiding programmes.

The ancient pilgrimage and communications route connecting Haa, in the far west of Bhutan, with Trashigang in the east.

The trail was used by pilgrims, messengers, armies, and traders until the 1960s.

He said that the Trans Bhutan Trail offers a new and intimate way of accessing the world’s best-preserved traditional culture, whether on foot or by bike, along with immersing themselves in legends handed down over many generations.

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