Tours in Bhutan

Tours in Bhutan

Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is no ordinary place. This is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the entire dish. It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where men wear a tunic to work, where giant protective penises are painted on the walls of most houses, and where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product. Tourism in Bhutan is also unique. Visitors famously have to pay a minimum of US$200 per day, making it one of the world’s most expensive countries to visit. What you won’t find in Bhutan is backpacker-style independent travel. This is Nepal for the jet set.

First off there are the early Buddhist sites in the cultural heartland of Bumthang Dzongkhag and the undisturbed traditional Tibetan-style culture that sets Bhutan aside as the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom. Then there are the textiles, outrageous trekking as well as the stunning flora and fauna of Phobjika Valley. Trashigang is an interesting town and also useful for launching into a trip in Eastern Bhutan.

It is also a country of surprises. This is not just a nation of saintly, other-worldly hermits. Bhutan is straddling the ancient and modern world and these days you’ll find monks transcribing ancient Buddhist texts into computers as traditionally dressed noblemen chat on their mobile phones.

If you do visit Bhutan, you will become one of the few who have experienced the charm and magic of one of the world’s most enigmatic countries – the ‘last Shangri La’ – and you’ll be playing your part in this medieval kingdom’s efforts to join the modern world, while steadfastly maintaining its distinct and amazing cultural identity. So why spend all your money to come here? Because most of all, Bhutan offers an opportunity to glimpse another way of living, an alternative vision of what is truly important in life.

By our tours, you will explore the difficult world in your heart and hear the voice from your heart to see what’s important to your life.

 

Key places:

Paro: The town of Paro (2280m) lies in the centre of the valley on the banks of the ParoChhu (river) and is a short distance north-west of Paro Dzong. The town centre, built in 1985, is aligned along a wide street about 500m long that parallels the river in a roughly north- west to south- east direction. Situated at an average elevation of 8000 feet high from sea level, home to many of Bhutan 's oldest temples and monasteries, Paro valley has managed to keep its bucolic nature in spite of the Bhutan 's only airport and many development projects. Depending on season the valley floor is covered with brown or green fields, while small villages and isolated farms dot the landscape. The valley is also known for the produce of Bhutan 's Red Rice. The places to see are Drukgyel Dzong, overlooking the beautiful village with Mount Chomolhari in the background, this ruin Dzong (Fortress) was built in 1646 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders led by Mongolion warlord, Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically it withstood all its glory and had captured western eyes in 1914 vide National Geography magazine. The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1951 and is now preserved as heritage site. Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels", built at the same time of Drukgyel Dzong, it now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro district and residence for the 200 monks of Paro. Walking up through the traditional bridge, and over a stone inlaid path, you enjoy the great view of the superb architecture and the life around the Dzong. It is also the venue for Paro festival, held in the spring. Ta Dzong, Overlooking the Rimpung Dzong was built in 1951 as a watch tower, unlike the rectangular shape of the Dzongs, Ta Dzong is Round, more like parts of an European castle. From 1967 the Dzong was re-established as the National Museum and holds fascinating collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha, and many others. Kyichu Lhakhang, to consecrate the entire region of Himalaya, a Tibetan king known as Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century miraculously built 108 temples. Kyichu is considered to be one of them and is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Paro Town rows of shops line the main road built in traditional architecture. This stretch of about 250 meters, with farmers leading their horses, its occasional idlers leaning against the storefronts, the town of Paro strangely resembles a village of the old American West. Farm House Bhutanese farmhouses are colorful, decorative and traditionally built without any nails. Majority of the houses are with three story, first floor is utilized for sheltering cattle, second floor for the family to live in and the top for storing and drying of foods and fodder for animal. Almost all the Druk Choeding, built in 1525, this town temple was built by Ngawang Chhogyel, one of the prince-abbots of Ralung in Tibet and an ancestor of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Taktsang Temple (Tiger's Nest) The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue our hike for short while until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantrum mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan , had taken the wrathful form of Guru Dorje Droloe to subdue the evil and demon that were obstructing the spread of Buddhism in the Himalayas . Kila Goemba , nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside below the Chele la pass and perched precariously along the rock face. This small nunnery is home to many nuns who have renounced their worldly life and have chosen to lead the path of enlightenment. The Temple is about an hour walk amidst magnificent wooded area.

Thimphu: is at Altitude 7000 ft and a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government and to several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan’s only gold course, a nine-hole circle, is situated next to the management Tashichhoedzong. Tashichhoedzong : The Fortress of the glorious religion houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body. Its courtyard is open to visitors during the Thimphu Tshechu and when the monk moves to its winter residence in Punakha. Memorial Chorten: This Stupa was built in 1974 by the mother of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in memory of her son. Semtokha Dzong: Five miles from Thimphu, on a aloofly ridge, stands Semotokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom. The Dzong now houses the Institute for Language and Culture. The Institude for Zorig Chusum: (13 traditional arts and crafts) National Library: Bhutan’s National Library is located close to the Institute for Zorig Chusum and contains Bhutan’s history in the forum of religious and historical literature. The Folk Heritage Museum: Founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck the museum is one of a kind that portrays the lifestyle of a genteel family in the Thimphu valley in the olden days. The Institude of Traditional medicine: For the spiritually inclined and those that prefer short treks there are various monasteries and temples in and around Thimphu. weekend market: Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearly places came to sell their agriculture produce. Punakha is at altitude 4420 feet served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the monk body. It has a temperate climate and its rich fertile valley is fed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers.

Wangdiphodrang: is at altitude 4430 feet and this twon is located south of Punakha and is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving. Gangtey Goenpa / Phobjikha: Gangtey Goenpa/Phobjikha is at altitude 9,840 feet and the valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the black necked crane with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan Plateau. These elegent and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of the March. Overlooking the Phobikha valley is the Gantey Gonenpa. The is an old monastery that dates back to the 17th century.

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