As 2020 nears an end, we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic that has adversely affected the livelihood of many people. Yet in Bhutan, we have been spared of major health consequences. The leadership from His Majesty, the government, and frontline workers kept us safe. Each of us fought the virus by washing our hands and maintaining social distance. Many people have been home-bound due to the lockdown and this time has given everyone an opportunity to slow down – have a moment for themselves. It has put a break to the tiring pace of contemporary lifestyle. The pandemic is an opportune moment to refocus our efforts to revitalize nature and allow it to bloom in all its glory.
Prior to the second national lockdown, the trail development team went across the country for trail inspection. They hiked most of the trail to see its condition. One such hike was from Dochula to Simtokha along the Trans Bhutan Trail (TBT) with the Chief Executive Officer of Bhutan Airlines and the Colonel of Thimphu Police as a part of their weekend getaway.
TBT members have been busy meeting with the respective stakeholders and planning for the TBT website launch, which may happen sometime in February on His Majesty’s command. The Senior Project Director, Researcher and the Marketing Manager visited the head office of Bhutan Postal Corporation to meet with the Executive Director and the team for future collaborations. They discussed Bhutan Post being our possible passport ambassador in nine Dzongkhags which TBT covers and also discussed having the TBT stamps and other productions.
December was a busy month with each of our team members engaged in different tasks. As the final month of the year, there were many things to complete. It was also a month of festivity and celebrations. The team in Bhutan celebrated the 113thNational Day on 17 December, although it was a closed-door affair, while our team members on the other side of world celebrated Christmas in Canada including lung-dar (five color prayer flags) displayed on their Christmas tree.
2020 have been a life changing year for everyone. At TBT, our team managed to get closer towards fulfilling the project mission. We are soon to complete the second phase and believe that 2021 will bring about a better spirit, more happiness, less pain, stronger relationships and more success. The Trans Bhutan Trail Team wishes you all a very Happy New Year!