Bound by the Tibetan region of China to the north as well as India to the south, east and west lies the wonderful Himalayan country of Bhutan. This kingdom is one of the last places in the world where the Lamaist Buddhism is a state religion. Preserved through a rational development, Bhutan is home to magnificent nature, beautiful fertile valleys, large coniferous forests, enchanting Himalayan peaks and towering cliff clinging monasteries. At the heart of these dzongs, Bhutanese perpetuate their traditions expressing their faith through festivals that are organized annually. The Jambay Lhakhang festival and masked dances are an opportunity to learn more about this remarkable culture. Continue reading
Beat the heat this summer with an adventure trek on one of the top 3 trekking routes in Bhutan. Replete with the most stunning natural beauty, Bhutan is on every traveller’s bucket list. The country is famously called “the last Shangrila”, inspired from James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon. The country is like a Buddhist fortress, shrouded in mystery and wonder for those outside of it. An innate sense of happiness and a cultural richness also distinguish this Himalayan nation from all its neighbors. Continue reading
If you love to travel but haven’t set foot on Bhutanese soil so far, here are 7 alternate reasons that will surely inspire you to travel to Bhutan in 2015. Continue reading
Fancy a trek in Bhutan? Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons to visit the last Himalayan kingdom. Of the two, spring has a better reputation. Just out of winter, the temperatures are mild and landscapes reveal their most beautiful avatars. Continue reading
What could you expect during a day while trekking in Bhutan? Here’s a small idea of what could await you when you go hiking in the mountains of the Himalayas!
6:30 – Alarm clock: The assistant chef brings us a cup of tea to encourage us to get up! We are then entitled to a small bowl of hot water for a quick wash in the tent as it is still cold outside (acrobatics guaranteed!). Continue reading
The festivals of Bhutan are key religious events that depict true stories of Bhutanese life. These celebrations take you to the heart of the culture of the last Himalayan kingdom.
Bhutan has opened its doors and heritage to the world
Year after year, more and more travelers are being charmed by the authenticity and hospitality of Bhutanese people and the richness of its culture. Bhutan’s admission in to the UN in 1971 enabled the country to become more open to the modern world. However, the kingdom of Bhutan places great priority on the preservation of its religious and cultural heritage that has been passed down the generations for millennia. This is what makes this Himalayan abode so unique. Continue reading
Bhutan is a tiny Buddhist kingdom situated up in the Himalayas Mountains making it very hard to get there. There are usually a few daily flights to and from Bhutan, and this makes it even harder to get there. The best time to visit Bhutan is during early fall. The topography of the place makes it even harder to predict what to expect and so listed below are some tips that will make your trip to Bhutan worthwhile.
1. Carry enough cash:
Costs for tours and accommodation are managed through the partnership of the government and private travel agencies. Minimum daily tariffs are set by government regulators. Even though there are some ATMs, they only serve the local customers. Tipping is discouraged but to get good service you need to tip the service providers. Some shops accept US dollars should you wish to purchase a major item. Local banks do not offer credit card facilities. Continue reading