This is what you must be thinking about when you first hear about Bhutan. So let us give you a few information about Bhutan, what is so Unique about this little Kingdom and why even the most seasoned traveler consider it a privilege to visit this unknown country.
THE MOST PEACEFUL KINGDOM IN THE WORLD.
Bhutan is a small kingdom with an area little over 38,394 sq.km and a population of 7, 97,335 only. The Kingdom is situated in the greater Himalayan region with two giant neighbors, China in the North and India in the south. Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion and the head of state is His Majesty the King.
Bhutan hasn’t been marred by any political conflicts, extreme poverty or has to worry about crime In the Kingdom. Bhutan is a very safe and peaceful destination. Bhutan is also known as the “Druk Yul” Land of the Thunder Dragon thus Bhutan is popularly known as the Thunder Dragon Kingdom.
SMILING AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE.
While walking in Bhutan do not be surprise if someone smiles at you and greets you “Kuzuzangpo La” Hello! Or if a villager or stranger asks you to visit their home for tea, “suja” butter milk, wine or request you to eat at their place. Well! This is Bhutan where the people are very friendly and always will be smiling.
Ever since the times of our forefathers it has been a tradition to welcome anyone with smile and treat them in the best manner. Bhutanese people are very friendly and helpful people so don’t be surprised if you make dozens of very good friends while you in Bhutan for a week’s trip.
FAIRY TALE KINGDOM.
Bhutan has rich heritage, culture and the myth and legends seamlessly comes together to create a unique and journey. The centuries old rich architecture and customs are still been practiced today. Everything in Bhutan is simply beautiful and very different.
Since Bhutan has the noble and popular Kings, the massive centuries old “Dzongs” forts which are situated on the high hills, towns and villages with colorful traditional houses, man and women who are wearing their national dress called Gho and Kira and beautiful valley all around, it will make you wonder if you have just landed in a Fairyland Kingdom which you always dream about.
EXCLUSIVE TOURISM DESTINATION.
Bhutan is possibly one of the best examples of sustainable eco tourism and a country that is committed to this concept, inspired by the Buddhist view of interdependence between man and nature. Bhutan opened up its door to Tourism only in 1974 and the government adopted a cautious tourism policy to avoid any negative that mass tourism could have on a small country.
All visitors to Bhutan have to book their tour and avail their Visa through a registered Bhutan tour operator.
(Tourist visiting Bhutan has to pay a Minimum tariff of USD$ 200 per night during off season and USD$250 per night during peak season, an all inclusive payment for accommodation, meals, guide, travel and environment policy)
Due to Bhutan’s strict environment policy. Bhutan possesses flora and fauna that is unrivaled in the Himalayas. While developing countries forests have been plundered, Bhutan’s, which cover 72 percent of its land, are in fact increasing.
Bhutan is marked by raw natural beauty where the dense foliage change dramatically as the sub tropical jungles at sea level merge into a fertile temperate zone and rises up to the great northern glaciers. The pristine environment is home to exotic wild life and is the last refuge for endangered species like the black necked crane, the blue sheep, the golden languor, the Takin and even the royal Bengal tigers.
IMPRESSIVE FESTIVAL CALLED TSHECHU.
Festivals in the Land of the Thunder Dragon are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts inside a black necked crane, the blue sheep, the golden languor, the Takin in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhist to Bhutan in the 8th century.
Tshechu takes place on auspicious days and months according to the Bhutanese calander and last up to 4 days in which a series of highly stylist mask dance rituals are performed. During the festival the locals come and enjoy the festival in their finest clothes.
The Tshechu’s are a rich form of our oral history tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology and spiritual believe through the dance dramas. Many of the Tshechu’s culminate with a rare display of a giant silk appliqué Thagnka” painting” depicting Guru Rimpoche or some other important Buddhist deities.
UNIQUE TREKKING EXPERIENCE.
Trekking in Bhutan is a unique experience unlike many of the more crowded trek’s offered in Asia. The variety of treks range from a simple 3 days trek from the district of Thimphu to Paro ( and vice versa ) to the 25 days legendary snowman’s trek that takes veteran trekkers to some of the most exquisite spots in the country. The snowman trek is also labeled the world’s toughest trek as it goes over 12 mountain passes, all of the over 45oo meters.
Almost all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and insight into the countries delicate and unique daily life. Many of the trails take walkers past remote and ancient monasteries, through deep forest, and close to villages. The trails pass grassland, pastures and livestock’s, and meadows of wild flowers, butterflies, and grazing animals. Trekkers often get to spot blue sheep, takin and a variety of bird life, pheasants.
GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS COUNTRY.
Since 1971, the country has rejected GDP as the only way to measure progress. In its place, it has championed a new approach to development, which measures prosperity through formal principles of (GNH).
The four pillars of GNH philosophy are the promotion of:
- Sustainable development
- Preservation and promotion of cultural values
- Conservation of the natural environment, and
- Establishment of good governance.
The phrase “Gross National Happiness” GNH” was coined by Bhutan’s fourth Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The phrase was coined as a signal of commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan’s culture based on Buddhist spiritual values instead of the western material development that was represented by gross domestic product.
Now, in a world beset by collapsing financial systems, gross inequity and wide-scale environmental destruction, this tiny Buddhist state’s approach is attracting a lot of interest.
UNIQUE CULTURAL AND TRADITION.
Bhutan has a rich and unique cultural heritage that has largely remained intact because of its isolation from the rest of the world until early 1960s. One of the main attractions for tourists is the country’s culture and traditions.
The government is increasingly making efforts to preserve and sustain the current culture and traditions of the country. Because of its largely unspoiled natural environment and cultural heritage, Bhutan has been referred to as The Last Shangri-la.
JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.
If you visit Bhutan they you will cherish this wonderful journey forever. Ask any friends or family member who has visit Bhutan they will tell you fascinating story and experience they had in Bhutan. Bhutan truly is a country that should be in your bucket list. If you are a frequent traveler but if you have not been to Bhutan then your travel will never be complete.
What makes travelling to Bhutan so different and a journey of a life time experience is the uniqueness of the Kingdom, the smiling and happy people which you will encounter in the country, the beautiful landscape, rich cultural, devoted people, the noble King and the Royal family, freedom, unpolluted country etc.