Bhutan lies at the lap of the eastern edge of the Himalayan chain that extends to Burma. This country known as the Dragon kingdom is still wrapped in mysticism. Bhutan is a mythical land. Buddhism is an important part of their culture. People of Bhutan practice Mahayana Buddhist tradition in its tantric form. Actually, Bhutan chose to safeguard Buddhism when Tibet was in turmoil. According to legend, the famous sage Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. He brought it to save the religion from extinction.
The magnificent mountain range rises to 7000 meters in the north. There are lust dense forests in the south. It is the only carbon negative country in the world. The country is able to absorb the amount of carbon that is emitted. The population is sparse. It is like Shangri-la as described by the British author James Hilton in his novel “Lost Horizon.” The trails are clean, unspoiled, and the wilderness is pristine. The spiritual environments in the monasteries are awesome. Bhutan measures its national development in GNH (Gross National Happiness). It is the only country to measure in GNH instead of GDP. It believes in collective happiness and well being of its people.
Their tradition is very unique. In Bhutan, they celebrate festivals throughout the year. The festivals are in the major hubs like Paro, Thimpu, and Gangtey – Phobjikha valley. The festivals are spiritual more than culture. Day trip by land cruiser to Bhumtang and Punakha (1350m) is an incredible experience. You get to see cultural and religious life in Thimpu, capital of Bhutan, and Paro. While in Paro take time to climb to the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery. It appears carved out from a vertical granite cliff. The picture of Tiger’s Nest is the landmark of Bhutan.
One of the best treks we have is a trek to the base camp (4150 m) of Mt. Chomolari (7316m) to see a great view of the Himalaya and the surrounding mountain. There you visit mountain pasture, meet nomad yak herders and see their stone houses. You get to see musk deer and blue sheep. The other popular trek is Druk path trek. It is a short 6-day trek from Paro to Thimpu. The view of the eastern Himalayan range is spectacular. It is amid the alpine lake, rhododendron and pine forest.
Some of the best holidays we have in Bhutan (link it to respective activity)
• Trekking – Chomolari Trek (15-day tour – 9-day trek)
• Short Trek – Druk Path Trek (11-day tour – 6-day trek)
• Tours – Bhutan Tour ( 6 days)
• Culture – Bhutan Cultural Tour (8 days)