Indian Tourist Climbs Stupa:
Bhutan situated in the Himalayas’ eastern edge is a beautiful country. It has become an apple of the eye for various tourists because of its wide stretched landscapes, monasteries and valley. However, like any other country, Bhutan has certain rules to be followed. Violation in these laws causes widespread anger in locals as it hurts their sentiments. Though a report filed against an Indian tourist in an attempt of climbing a sacred stupa is an act of embarrassment for Indians.
Hooligans from India disrespecting dochula pass chorten in Bhutan 😡😣😞
When will we learn to respect other?? It’s a shame on us @PMOIndia @narendramodi
Authorities please take action pic.twitter.com/dZSFryGYQW
— Sreejith Nair (@Sreejit38928922) October 17, 2019
Abhijit Ratan Hajare who hails from Maharashtra visited Bhutan as a part of 15 member group of bikers. However, while exploring the beautiful country they stopped at the Dochula Pass. Although this incident took place when the group was searching for parking space. This was when Abhijit decided to climb chorten, which is the Buddhist religious monument. This place holds great religious value as Bhutanese believe it symbolises the presence of Buddha.
Viral Video Of Indian Tourist:
A video widely shared on social media. In the video, Hajare climbs at the top of National Memorial Chorten which is 20 Km from the capital Thimpu. Nevertheless, Hazare used a ladder to climb and posted photos of his “adventurous act”. Jambhay, the Bhutanese carpenter helped him to climb.
The video of Indian Tourist Abhijit Ratan Hajare from Maharashtra climbing the chorten.
Source: WeChat. pic.twitter.com/MwxzcvjLVl
— The Bhutanese (@thebhutanese) October 18, 2019
Undoubtedly on Friday, he was detained. Apparently he was also accompanied by a local assistant and the Bhutanese leader has no information about this, as he confirms.
Social Media Outrages:
As soon as the news spread, social media got flooded with anger.
As an Indian I am so sorry for this. https://t.co/oZPIYXSTsY
— Nirupama Menon Rao, निरुपमा राउ, بینظیر (@NMenonRao) October 18, 2019
— Ashutosh (@ashu_chdry) October 18, 2019
Chortens contain relics of deceased monks, sacred books & other ritualistic objects. To step on them, deface, spit, urinate or any other nuisance is a crime. Have seen this in Ladakh, locals don't even object. Here too a local is seen assisting. Both should be arrested.
— Dreamer (@AGalleryofDream) October 18, 2019
Much outrage in Bhutan by actions of these two highly insensitive and disrespectful regional tourists standing on a sacred Buddhist Stupa.
This is one of the many reasons why Bhutan needs to regulate mass regional tourism.
Nationality yet to be confirmed but from South Asia. pic.twitter.com/3GfaVE4CSm
— Tenzing Lamsang (@TenzingLamsang) October 17, 2019
Travelling to different countries is a whole lot of experience. But every tourist should understand there are certain rules that are prescribed by every country. Defying these rules just because one wants to have fun or do something adventurous makes the person look completely stupid. In this case, even the carpenter allowed the tourist to do so which is completely shocking. One carries the pride of one’s own country while travelling to other countries. Hence, don’t make it an object of mockery for others.