Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom nestled between its neighbours China and India. It is the last Himalayan kingdom enveloped in intense mystery. However, this country is a surprise mix of traditional Buddhist culture and modern developments. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon". Bhutan offers unique architectural marvels, tsechuas (dance forms), cuisines, textiles, handicrafts, trekking trails, and archery competitions all under its umbrella. What more can a traveller need?
Bhutan is carbon neutral and includes an exquisite collection of flora and fauna, making it a picture perfect destination.
Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom nestled between its neighbours China and India. It is the last Himalayan kingdom enveloped in intense mystery. However, this country is a surprise mix of traditional Buddhist culture and modern developments. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon". Bhutan…
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Jambay Lhakhang is one of the most famous temples of Bumthang. Jambay is the oldest temple in the Kingdom and was built by the 7th century king Songsten Gampo on the same day as 107 other temples.
A festival enacting the glorious war and the subsequent victory of Zhabdrung Namgyel against Tibetan armies is still celebrated in Punakha. Warrior dances revolving around the battle are displayed at the festival.
This is one of the most famous festivals of Bhutan, and it happens right after Punakha Drubchen. The rolling out of the Throngdol of Guru Rinpoche is the central attraction of the festival besides the many colorful masked dances.
Jomolhari Mountain Festival is a beautiful 2-day celebration held at the base of Mount Jomolhari. The festival is inspired from the different communities peacefully co-existing with nature and animals. The festival activities comprise trekking, photography, and nature sensitization.
The black-necked crane festival is held every year. This is again an ecology-oriented festival held for sensitizing and strengthening efforts for conserving this species of birds. Cultural programs, folk dance, and masked dances along with music are a part of the festival, where school children are active participants.
Mongar lies in East Bhutan and is quite well known for its exquisite wooden carvings. In November, the Mongar Thechu festival is held for 3 days with much fanfare. The highlights of the festival are songs, dances, and masked parades that are unique to this region.
The largest festival dominating the quiet little district of Gasa in Northwest Bhutan, there is much to look forward to during Gasa Tshechu. The venue is the Gasa Dzong.
The Eastern Bhutan Merak Valley lies inside the Trashigang Dzongkhang (altitude 3000 meters). If cultural immersion is one of your interests, then this festival will surely appeal to you.
This festival is scheduled during the 4th weekend of August and takes place in the beautiful Ura valley. At the festival, visitors will learn to identify fabled mushrooms as they embark on mushroom picking excursions around the pristine forests and hills. They’ll be able to sample delicious matsutake recipes, engage in songs and dances together with the locals, hike through the stunning Himalayan landscape, relax in traditional open-air mineral baths, and also learn to cook mushroom recipes.
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Sale of tobacco is banned in Bhutan resulting in the prohibition of smoking in many public areas. You can bring your own cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up.
The Indian Rupee in denominations of 200 and 2000 is no longer accepted in Bhutan and some don’t prefer taking 500 too. So it is better if you carry change or pay by card.
ATMs in Bhutan are available only in the main towns and often don’t work. If they do, you are able to withdraw only small amounts. However, you can pay via cards at most places.
Do not forget your warm clothes at home. It gets chilly sometimes even in summers. Also, before taking pictures in certain areas, ask your guide if photography is permitted.