Mystical Bhutan is dubbed by many as the kingdom in the clouds. It is a normal sight here to see the clouds kissing its traditional mud houses, and doing a Houdini act to the majestic snow mountains considered as the abode of gods.
Letters addressed to Bhutan also perform a disappearing act sometimes. A few years back, I once received a letter posted by my mother from India, with seals from India as well as Pakistan. Blame it on the lack of an international postal code. But things are changing from today with the country joining the international standard addressing system.
“There’s a 100 percent chance of mail reaching the right addressee,” Bhutan Post’s assistant manager Tshewang Rinzin told Kuensel newspaper.
Normally, when reading out my address in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu to friends elsewhere they are surprised.
Aby Tharakan, Business Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
This is enough to reach me. But now I will have five digit numeric postcode to my address.
There have been cases in this country of around 700,000 when the sender assumes that the post master would know the person he is writing to. “Sometimes, senders would simply write the name of the receiver and under the care locality,” Kuensel quoted the Bhutan Post managing director Tsheten Gyeltshen. Unable to locate the address, every year, about 600 mails are not delivered in the capital alone.