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Bhutan Or Bust! – What Pegman Saw

It’s been forever since I participated in a Pegman! Time is such a fickle thing. Or maybe it’s energy. Because part of the pleasure of doing these Pegman stories is that we (at least I) force ourselves to do some research.  And today, before going out to do nothing by the pool, I figured, why the heck not? Thank you to Karen and Josh for still hosting this wonderful challenge, even if the numbers are not all that high. I hope they pick up and you guys don’t quit just yet!

This week Pegman visits the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, on the Himalayas’ eastern ridge. As always, the Pegman mission is for you to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Feel free to use the location provided in the prompt, or search Google maps within the borders of the country of Bhutan and find your own view. Contributions can be in the form of poetry, prose, or essay, or any form that inspires you.

Once your piece is polished, share it with others using the linkup below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun! Click on the blue frog to add your 150-word story, inspired by this beautiful location

Bhutan or Bust!

“We need to sign up with a registered Bhutanese tour agency beforehand.

“And lots of money. Why don’t we go to go to Indonesia or Thailand or Cambodia? At least there you can do stuff on fifty bucks a day! What the hell kind of place forces you to pay two hundred and fifty dollars per diem or you can’t come even in? It’s ridiculous! And, on top of it, since it’s just the two of us, they are charging us an extra thirty bucks. Per NIGHT!”

“I know. It’s their way of keeping tourism to a minimum. They want to preserve their culture and beautiful nature. They figure if they charge too little, it will open the doors to too many. Honestly, when you realise that everything is included: accommodation, meals, guide, driver, fuel, fees for daily excursions; it’s not that bad.”

“Bhutan or bust! – open our coffers…”



100 thoughts on “Bhutan Or Bust! – What Pegman Saw

  1. I saw that about having a tourist minimum. I think it’s a great idea as a way to make sure that it remains as it always has. Karen and I would like to go, but maybe we need to hit the lottery first. 😉

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    • Crazy but effective arrangement.
      Mind you, in that $250, everything is included… but still!
      I’ll put that one aside for now, as well 😉


  2. Gosh, Dale, you almost tempt me. And think how fit you’d get with all that hill climbing. But … dosh a bit short. Maybe in my next life. Maybe if I wish hard enough, I’ll be born there. 🙂

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  3. It’s an approach that seems to work for them. The country seems lovely–it seems entirely worth it! Although I can’t afford it…

    It’s great to see you BTW! I think we’re good with keeping up Pegman even with the low numbers. It’s a great way to challenge oneself.

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  4. Personally, I think it’s a great idea. We could swing it. But I’m afraid we might be forced to travel with a not so wonderful crowd of “others” with too much money. Thanks for opening my eyes.

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  5. I’m not sure their plan would work for me. The per diem for a structured tour…..? I’ve been in that part of the country and I like to take the path I choose sometimes. Some of my best memories were going where the tourist didn’t go. It was, for the most part, more fun. Good story. NOW, where is that winning lottery ticket? I know it’s here somewhere.

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  6. Q,

    I think Bhutan would be pretty far down the list of a travelers bucket list, but seeing as how I ain’t one, I don’t know. I mean, the price IS right. But hells, for all that you can economize in local fashion by tripping things you never think to visit on account of living there.

    You done good with Bhutan though. Real good!


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    • I think they will be. And really, I have gone on vacations that cost about the same for a lot less 😉
      Glad I did and that you took the time to read!


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