Bhutan: A Higher State of Being – The New York Times

The Kingdom of Bhutan may seem an unlikely place for bicycling culture, but today the sport  is taking root in the mountainous country! One of the reasons for the increased interest is Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Bhutan’s fourth Druk Gyalpo. He is an avid cyclist who can often be found biking the steep foothills that circle the capital city of Thimphu. Another reason is The Tour of the Dragon, one of the world’s most challenging bike races which takes place in Bhutan once a year. 

Photo Credit: Simon Roberts - Schoolchildren cheering a rider approaching the town of Wangdue Phodrang.
Photo Credit: Simon Roberts – Schoolchildren cheering a rider approaching the town of Wangdue Phodrang.
Photo Credit: Simon Roberts - A rider in the Tour of the Dragon.
Photo Credit: Simon Roberts – A rider in the Tour of the Dragon.

Whatever the reason, the current prime minster Tshering Tobgay says it best. “Gross National Happiness is about wholesome development. And cycling, like any worthy sport activity, is also about wholesome development. It is good for the soul, good for the body and good for happiness. You cannot love cycling and not be an environmentalist. It is one of the reasons we must encourage more cycling in Bhutan.”

Read the full New York Times Style Magazine article here: Bhutan: A Higher State of Being.

Bhutan: A Higher State of Being – The New York Times

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