National Gross Happiness, The Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan is its richness and diversity combined with ancient religion and philosophy, its faith and legend are inseparable from the landscape itself. Bhutan is officially the Kingdom of Bhutan and is a landlocked country in Asia and the smallest state located entirely within the Himalayan mountain range. It is located in the Eastern Himalayas bordering by China in the north and India in the south. The independence of Bhutan has endured for centuries and its territory was never colonized in its history, situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, the Bhutanese state developed a distinct national identity which is based on Buddhism. With the civil war in the 19th century the House of Wangchuck reunited the country and established relations with the British Empire. The foothills of Bhutan are tropical and home to deer, tigers, leopards and the rare golden langur monkey as well as much tropical vegetation, which includes many species of wild orchids. more about Bhutan

Language Dzongkha
CurrenyNgultrum(BTN)
Area38,394 km²
Time ZoneUTC+06:00
ReligionBuddhism
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Holiday in Bhutan

The country is under forest cover which resides of more than 70 percent, more than 200 species of mammals and 700 species of birds including the rare and endangered such as the Royal Bengal Tiger and the White bellied heron. Bhutan is an ancient land and it began the process of modern development such as building roads, schools, and hospitals only in the 1960s. Bhutan is also a very compact nation, but with just a small bit more length than width. Bhutan has around 19 spoken languages but English is widely spoken since it is a medium of instruction in schools. It has a population of around 700,000 friendly people with deeply held spiritual beliefs; Bhutan is still a mystery to most people around the world.

Amongst the many highlights of Bhutan adventure tours, are the incredible mountain scenery, the opportunity for treks and exploration, the hospitality of a traditional rural home stay, and the countless Buddhist temples and fortresses, such as the Punakha Dzong, the Gangtey Monastery and of course the iconic 'Tiger's Nest Monastery' that clings to the cliff face near Paro.

The mountains of Bhutan is one of the natural geographical features of the kingdom, located on the southern end of the Eastern Himalaya, and it has one of the most rugged mountain terrains in the world, where the elevations range from 160 metres to more than 7000 meters above the sea level.

Best time to visit Bhutan

he weather, climate varies with an altitude, with the highest temperatures and rainfall occurring in the South which bears the brunt of the monsoon between June and September. Temperature in these regions drops dramatically with the increase in altitude though days are usually very pleasant with clear skies and sunshine, but nights are cold and requires heavy woollen clothing. Best time to visit generally in October, November and April to mid June, rainfall is at a minimum and temperatures are conducive to active days of sightseeing, with an pleasant foothills during the winter.

Places to visit in Bhutan

If you are on a random stroll you will find many places to visit in Bhutan, when you are meandering on the road, get a chance to visit the National Museum which is located on top of a hill above Paro Dzong which is also an old watch tower. If you are thrilled out with the Bhutanese hospitality and the delicious cuisines. Some of the best famous places of Bhutan can be explained as

Taktsang Monastery(Paro)

Taktsang Monastery

It is recognized as Tiger's Nest in Paro is one of the holiest places in Bhutan, it is also mounted on a high granite cliff and was established for its meditation. It is a monastery which is perched on a rocky ledge with a drop of nearly 800m, and it overlooks the Paro valley and the river. In the second half of the 8th century it is said that Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan was meditating at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Since making a Bhutan short tour and capturing the essence of Paro, Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Punakha Dzong(Punakha)

Punakha Dzong

It is scattered throughout the land which is renowned for its marvellous ancient architecture scattered throughout the land. It is one such beautiful architecture and offers a stunning sight of the luminous aura of the white washed walls on a bright sunny day. Splendid by its natural beauty with lush green hills and clear blue sky as a backdrop. 3. Pilgrim’s Valley Trek in Bhutan: It is an moderate trip aims to illustrate Bhutan’s essential inherent the charms within a program that is not overly strenuous. Bhutan’s long line of holy figures journeying across this allegorical shin to retrace the steps of Guru Rinpoche the most eminent embark on a trek through Bumthang’s beautifully landscape a setting that is rich source of natural life and stirring legend. The unique blend of one of Bhutan’s many Buddhist festivals.

Pilgrim's Valley Trek in Bhutan

Pilgrim's Valley

It is an moderate trip aims to illustrate Bhutan’s essential inherent the charms within a program that is not overly strenuous. Bhutan’s long line of holy figures journeying across this allegorical shin to retrace the steps of Guru Rinpoche the most eminent embark on a trek through Bumthang’s beautifully landscape a setting that is rich source of natural life and stirring legend. The unique blend of one of Bhutan’s many Buddhist festivals.

Visit Dochula Pass (Thimphu)

Dochula Pass

It is located more than ten thousand feet above sea level, while going from Punakha to Thimphu for its scenic spot. One of the renowned destinations for tourists in Bhutan, the place offers a panoramic view of the surrounding snow laden mountains and the breathtaking view of the colourful flags fluttering in the wind and 108 Chortens and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple with its beautiful ornate against its lush green forest backdrop makes the place famous among locals and tourists alike.

Kurje Lhakhang (Bumthang)

Kurje Lhakhang

One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, it is consists of three temples which are surrounded by 108 Chorten walls of Krje Lhakhang. These oldest structure of the three was constructed on the rock where Guru Rinpoche meditated. Colossal statue of Guru Rinpoche the second building is also called the Sampa Lhundrup temple.

Dos and Dont's while in Bhutan

  • Taking pictures inside the alters of the dzongs (fortress), temples and monasteries is strictly prohibited.
  • Take off your hats in front of the dzongs, temples and national flags.
  • Visitors should be properly dressed with long sleeves shirts and pants to visit dzongs, temples, monasteries, schools and any government institutions.
  • Always walk clockwise well crossing the dzongs, temples, monasteries, prayer flags or religious artifacts.
  • Get permission before you take the pictures of the people and religious items.
  • Do not give sweets, money, pencils, pens etc, to the children.
  • Although Bhutan is safe, we advise you to keep your valuable items like wallets, cameras, passport etc in safe place.
  • Be careful with street dogs and domestic dogs, do not tease or play with them as they are not friendly in Bhutan. Sometime dogs are nuisance at night too.
  • Please do not forget to check your arrival/departure dates, time, sector and email one day prior to your arrival in Bhutan.
  • Guest are requested to keep an eye on the weather conditions of Bhutan before arrival of tours. So as to bring proper clothings as required for the tour.
  • Public displays of affection between men and women, men and men and women and women are not common. Please refrain from doing this in public places.
  • Smoking in public places is not allowed in Bhutan.
  • Buying of antiques from Bhutan is strictly monitored by the custom at the check points. Please always buy goods with cash memo or original bills/invoices.

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