The mystical Land of Thunder Dragon is one of the happiest countries in Asia
Bhutan is a unique blend of the old and new. Here is a country that is slowly opening up to the modern world in a fine balance with its ancient traditions. The Last Shangrila, is the name bestowed on the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan for years due to its pristine environment and harmonious society. It is the only Tantric Buddhist nation in the world. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors.
In 2006, a business magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world, based on a global survey.
Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is no ordinary place. It is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, where the rice is red and where chilies aren’t just a seasoning but a delicacy relished by the locals. Filmmakers while shooting in this little wonderland will not only have picturesque locations to explore but also a serene setting to shoot their films. Bhutan’s pristine ecology is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. With 72 percent of the country covered with forest, it’s known for its unique, deeply spiritual and mystical experience.
Although the country expanse is quite small, Bhutanese weather varies from location to location mainly depending upon the elevation. The north of Bhutan on the borders with Tibet is perennially covered with snow. In the western, central and eastern Bhutan, the climate is mostly cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March and is pleasant, while summer is pretty hot. Southern Bhutan bordering with India is hot and humid with a sub-tropical climate. The monsoon is the determining factor for rain here. Spring and autumn are the best season to visit Bhutan.
Regulation Governing Filming In Bhutan
This Regulation is issued pursuance to the Bhutan Information, Communications and Media Act. This is to ensure that international filming activities within Bhutan conforms to the laws and regulations of the country and the local sensitivities, and to avoid negative impacts on the society.
i.Any activities related to films, documentaries and advertisements shall be allowed in Bhutan only after obtaining a permit from the authority. Applications must include details of all sequences to be filmed in Bhutan.
ii. Shooting on restricted locations shall be subject to permission being granted by relevant authorities, wherein the foreign companies or individuals should obtain a written permission from individual organisations, after obtaining a filming permit from the authority.
iii. The permit shall not be transferable.