Namgay Dendup (Founder Druk Siddhi Tours)

 

My humble journey from civil service to operating a tourism enterprise began after getting a formal relieving order from the Government on 15th October, 2017. Prior to voluntarily resigning, I have been deciding whether to continue my service with the government or to resign.

 

There were lots of suggestions received with the majority asking me to continue the government service and also to run a tourism business. They are right in one way as some government officials in Bhutan continue with such practices, not necessarily running tours but many other businesses in spouse’s name and some in their names. Of course, there are various reasons for sticking to such a trend; some taking advantage of their position in government, some for capitalizing their monetary strengths, and most on compulsion due to mismatch between take-home pay and the expenditures. I have seen it done it, doing it and is the way for many, but for me, my inner self did not permit me to do it (rather I have been a coward).

 

While expressing my deepest gratitude to the Royal Government of Bhutan, particularly the Forestry department for providing me the opportunity to work at different places and interact with people of all walks of life, I finally decided to stick with my conscience and got voluntarily resigned from the civil service. My personal observation is that the patriotism to one’s government job diminishes if we are having other side-jobs. That Druk Siddhi Tours stands for impartiality, transparency and honesty rightly match with my principle. So, I voluntarily resigned in order to make my conscience clear and not smear it.

 

For me and the Druk Siddhi Tours, the focus and long-term mission are quite clear. Moreover, the term Druk Siddhi Tour is quite sacred, and I wanted to give due respect to its sacredness by living with its name.

 

So, I welcome you all on board, for you will not just see and hear, but refreshingly feel different through unveiling the untold stories of the last Shangrila!!!