Bhutan just recently set up its borders, and one of the primary high points has been the comeback of the Trans Bhutan Trail (TBT), which dates back to the 16th century. For the longest time, the TBT served as a pilgrimage route for Buddhists coming from the east who were traveling to the most sacred sites in the western region. After an absence of sixty years, the path is at last accessible to hikers and backpackers.
According to the reports, the Trans Bhutan Trail, which extends for a total of 403 kilometers, is now accessible to tourists from inside the country, as well as those from the surrounding area and the rest of the world.
Sam Blyth, Chair of the Bhutan Canada Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that was responsible for the restoration of the trail, added that one hundred percent of the profits from the journeys go back into the trail’s long-term maintenance and development, as well as into supporting the local communities that live along it. The Bhutan Canada Foundation was the organization that was responsible for the restoration of the trail. He also said that the initiative is accountable for getting people active in their communities as well as generating commerce and employment via homestays, communal campsites, food shopping for campgrounds, and providing assistance to programmers.
Regarding this path, it is a historic pilgrimage route as well as a communication route that connects Haa, which is located in the far western part of Bhutan, to Trashigang, which is located in the eastern part of the country. According to the documents that have been found, the path was used by pilgrims, messengers, troops, and merchants up to the 1960s. It has been a challenging endeavor to make the path accessible to travelers as it was previously used for other purposes.
Blyth further said that the path is a tribute to the forefathers of Bhutan as well as a present to the children and grandchildren of the country. He said that the Trans Bhutan Trail provides a novel and personal means of visiting the world’s best-preserved traditional culture, which may be done on foot or by bike, and of immersing oneself in tales that have been passed down through many generations.