Nature and Bhutan

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Unaffected by the predating human technology and the growing high end production and industrialization, Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon remains distilled in the peak of its ever green natural environment. Also, bounded by the constitution, the conformity has been set up in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, to ensure 60% of forest coverage at any time, as a vital power to the existence of living and sustainability.

Bhutan, to the outside world, is popular for its rugged snow clad mountains, deep valleys, crystal clear rivers and lakes, habituated by numerous endangered species of flora and fauna and in a way represent as one of the world’s most richest country in terms of biodiversity. For this particular reason, conservation of environment is regarded as an important element for the country’s developmental paradigms. Also, for the fact that, it is one of the pillars of Gross National Happiness. Bhutanese people are well informed and made aware and conscious to supporting in favour of conservation and protection of natural resources.

In steps to fulfilling the Nation’s goal, about 35% of the total forest coverage, are the four recognized national parks  and several wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves.

1. The Royal Manas National Park which is situated in the South Central Bhutan, offers a gigantic views to the home of the magnificent animals such as Rhinos, Leopards, Tigers, Buffalos, Elephants, Peacocks and many more.

2. Jigme Dorji National Park which is in the Western district and stretches three districts of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, houses endangered species such as Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep and our very own Takins

3. Black Mountain National Park located in the Central Bhutan in the midst of snow clads mountains and valleys, is bounded by species of flora and animals such as leopards and black bears.

4. Thrumshingla National Park which stretches within the two districts, Bumthang and Mongar is well known for bird conservation habitat.

Flora

Because Bhutan varies in weather condition and is subjected to different climate experience, the growth of wide varieties of plants, trees, herbs and flowers are found favourable. As an effect, Bhutan has over 5500 species of plant varieties ranging from rhododendrons species, Magnolias, orchids, medicinal herbs, and our very own, Blue poopy, the impressive national flower.

Blue poppy, national flower of Bhutan.

Fauna

Besides flora and magnificent mountains, deep valleys and crystal clear rivers and lakes, Bhutan also has the varied wildlife kingdom with over 165 species of mammals and 620 bird species (Black Necked Crane, Hornbills) habituated in the country’s reserved national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. In one of these, lives Bhutan’s National animals, Takin, who is believed to have a unique traits associated with local myths and beliefs.

Bhutanese System for conservation management and biodiversity is globally unique and special as it balances environmental and conservation development as a pillar. If you are looking to delving into the forest and experience the unique feel, Bhutan has it all.

Any time, shall you discover Bhutan at its best.

Gangkar Phuensum The Unclimbed Mountain in the World

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Bhutanese believes that the Gangkhar Puensum is home to the mythical Yeti and other legendary creatures. While we have sent astronauts to the moon and back and explored the deep recesses of the oceans with the aid of sophisticated technology, there still exist pockets of places on Earth that are still unconquered by man. In the kingdom of Bhutan where nature is revered and well-protected, the Gangkhar Puensum holds the title of being the highest unconquered mountain in the world till date.

View of the Gangkhar Puensum

Standing majestically at an altitude of 7570m, the Gangkhar Puensum or White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers lies on the borders of Bhutan and China. People have heard that Yeti- the mythical animal hails from the great unconquered mountain- the jewel of Bhutan.

Gangkhar Puensum has yet to be successfully mounted and remains one of the precious unexplored areas in an increasingly filled in map of the world. Its a great reminder that there are still countless places of mystery in the world.

The Unconquered Gangkar Phunensum

Since Bhutan opened its doors to mountaineering in 1983, four expeditions had been attempted but none were successful so far. The climbs were somewhat thwarted by various factors: strong winds, frostbite and the perils of scaling the treacherous final ridge which leads to the Gangkhar Puensum’s snowy dome. Bhutan has expressly prohibited climbing on the mountain due not only to the lack of available rescue services in the area, but mainly because of a local custom which held the peaks sacred as they were the homes of holy spirits.

Tourist attending local festival.

In 1986, a team from Britain, led by Steve Berry had to turn back due to an early winter jet-stream.An Austrian expedition also could not proceed further due to severe monsoon weather.

According to the locals who hail from the remote highlands of Laya and Lunana, the mountains are regarded as sacred places and dwellings for deities and spirits who do not want to be disturbed. In Bhutan there is sacramental relation between the nature and myths which in return helps in conservation of our nature.

Defilement of the summit meant that the wrath of gods would manifest itself in bad weather and even the spread of diseases. Thus, the Bhutanese government banned people from trying to scale the Gangkhar Puensum.

In 1994, a law was implemented out of respect for local spiritual beliefs that mountains higher than 6000m should be prohibited to climbers. Moreover, there is a lack of available high altitude rescue services. In 2003, mountaineering is forbidden completely.

As the Gangkhar Puensum stretches along the borders of Bhutan to China, a group of Japanese tried to scale the unchartered mountain from the Chinese side. Their attempt was met with political outrage from Bhutan and aborted.

The fact that the Gangkhar Puensum is ‘untouchable’ made it all the more enigmatic. Inhabitants in the vicinity have reported the occurrence of bizarre events such as hearing strange noises to seeing mysterious lights and apparitions. The Bhutanese also believe that the Gangkhar Puensum is home to the mythical Yeti and other legendary creatures.

When you think about how Mount Everest has ‘suffered’ from pollution and how it has been tarnished by some climbers, one needs to appreciate Bhutan for enacting the law. Till this day, the Gangkhar Puensum remains largely unexplored and its pristine beauty has been preserved in its natural splendour.

Travel to Least Visited Destination in Bhutan- The Alternative Destinations.

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There’s off-the-beaten-path travel, and then there’s really off-the-beaten-path travel.

In countries located in remote corners of the world, with limited space and infrastructure, mere thousands of travelers visit each year. But of course, this lack of tourism is precisely what makes them so incredibly desirable.

In a world that is shrinking by the day thanks to social media and increased accessibility, it’s a wonder to discover places that are still, by and large, untouched. The best part? While they might take a bit longer to reach, they are all entirely visitable, and very worth your time.

Sugarcane candy from Tsirang

While Bhutan is a small nation, the reason behind its low tourism numbers is that foreign visitors are required to pay a minimum tariff of $250 per day, which makes this one of the world’s most expensive destinations. The reason behind this is that the Bhutanese pride themselves on sustainable tourism, with a philosophy that Gross National Happiness matters more than Gross Domestic Product.

That said, this daily tariff buys you an all-expenses-paid vacation, with accommodations, food, transportation and an official guide all provided. It’s not group-style travel; visitors are able to craft their own schedules. But backpackers tend to steer clear as the country does not cater to low-income travelers.

Tsirang

The good news is despite the imposition of $250 per day for tourists to Bhutan, Bhutan have been listed as the 2020 Bucket list destination in the world. The kingdom of Bhutan have increasingly proved to be tourists travel destination in Asia.

For those tourist who travel to Bhutan for the first time, exploring western and central part of Bhutan is commonly included in the itinerary, however for those people who wishes to travel beyond tourist destination can always tailor your itinerary of your travel choice.

According to the annual Tourism Council Report, some of the least visited tourist destination in Bhutan are Dagana and Tsirang. In contrary, these two districts are among the green hub in Bhutan. One can witness authentic rural Bhutanese lifestyle. Most of the locals are engaged in farming. These two destinations can produce rich gastronomy and culinary experience.  Dagana District is covered with 80 % forest.

These two destinations are also equally rich with the cultural significance and it dates back to late 90s under the dynamic rule His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan. To curb the problem of poverty and encourage farmers to work on harm, disadvantaged and less fortune people mostly from eastern part of Bhutan were relocated new plot of 5 acres and in between many Bhutanese from all walks of life resettled in Tsirang and Dagana. Today if you stroll around Tsirang and Dagana you will come across blend of customs and traditions.

These two least visited travel destination definitely fulfill your travel bucket list and it can be truly enriching experience away from over crowded landmark in country.

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Eastern Bhutan Tour

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This remote, wild and rugged east of Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious part of the kingdom. You will be rewarded with tradition of the minority which led their life in a semi-nomadic way, fascinating village little influenced by tourism, group-free dzong and temples, colorful outfits, silks and embroidery.

Homestay Experience in Bhutan

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If you are looking out for an opportunity to let yourself feel the inner peace, discover intricate human ideologies and instinct, and an exact reflection of how Buddhism has taken its shore among the Bhutanese community, you must definitely try homestay. Simply not to feel good and loved, but of all, to hoard volume of good memories in life.

Traditional Grinding stone

Bounded by Buddhism, Bhutan is indifferent to any other hotspots in the world.  It is a home to preserved culture and traditions that has been passed down to us from forefathers, encircled with bunch of different dialects spoken within the regions, the availability of different kind of Bhutanese cuisines and the mode of story telling culture by the oldest member in the family which usually happen in rural community are some of the most profound culture one wouldn’t dare to miss, for that would make a visit to Bhutan totally surprising and worth cherishing.

Traditional hot stone bath

Bhutan has a deep sense of historical and cultural aspects practiced in almost all the regions with the blend of religion, customs and culture. If you are a travel freak and wanted to experience unique cultural ideal, you must try a cozy homestay accommodation in rural Bhutan and feel the authentic traditional lifestyle, just like your home.

Why homestay in rural Bhutan?

Most of the Bhutanese homestays are family estate either located in the middle of small farm in a rural setting, somewhere beyond urban reach, away from the clustered human settlement and urban pollution. The architectural design of the Bhutanese homestays are traditional, either a replica of fortress or ancient monuments with aesthetic appeal that is quite unlike any other. Also, the homestays are open to natural scenic beauty, to help you seek peace and serenity. Of all, what makes Bhutanese homestay wonderful is the amalgamation of the warmth of the hospitality like that of modern day comfort, ensuring best of the services.

Bhutanese farm house

Bhutanese are kind, open and you will resort to not just experiencing good local foods but also stories, local folklore and the myth that surrounds around. In just one complete package.

While most of the people choose homestays as a means to experience traditional Bhutanese cuisines, there are also few who wish to experience peace and tranquillity of the conducive natural environment. Don’t worry, most homestays in rural Bhutan offer natural view as they are located in the suburbs of forest, truly giving a picture of nature lover’s paradise. And, at the same time, it stern the mood from the modern day hassles and bring peace in mind.

Traditional food of Bhutan

If you are wondering where to find homestays in Bhutan, here are the list of rural homestays that you must go and try.

1. Chimi Lhakhang Village homestay is located in Punakha

2. Paro Village View Homestay is outside the city, en-route Chele la pass

3. Ugyen homestay is located in Dumchoe Valley in Haa district

4. Noryang Homestay in Punakha

5. Namgay Homestay in Paro

6. Nirvana Homestay in Satsham, Paro

Bhutan Hiking Tour

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This journey will take you to western Bhutan attractions with the day hikes. Highlight includes Punakha Dzong, Phobjikha valley, fertility temple and Tiger’s Nest.

Culture of Boemena- Night Hunting

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To this day, the tradition is known as Boemena meaning going towards a girl. Among the urban Bhutanese, the culture is known as night hunting. Although bizarre this culture is most popular in eastern part of Bhutan.

The nightly courtship tradition was existential in rural parts of the eastern and central regions of Bhutan since eons of time. It is a rural version of romance, a date where a couple would meet at night, a boy facilitating entry into a girl’s house with or without their permission. Some boys would form a group and disperse when they approach their destinations.

If you come across from men from eastern part of Bhutan, feel free to ask them about this weird culture, they will have so many anecdotes to share.

The practice of the night courtship isn’t easy. It requires persistence, energy and sleepless nights. From travelling a long distance to experiencing twisted ankles and chins. One would not dare to be afraid of wild animals and evil spirits rather man would take it as an opportunity to find their life long partners.

Generally, night courtship was a culture that enabled unmarried men to find partners for marriage in olden times. With time, this traditional custom of night courtship is on the wane. With problems associating teenage pregnancies, vulnerability of Sexually Transmitted Disease and fathers abandoning children out of wedlocks, it has sparked controversies among the policy and lawmakers.

Today, the study suggests that the latter usually happened with urban men and rural women which is why many rural women have been the subject to experiencing sexual coercion and pregnancy. Thus the beauty of the nightly courtship culture retained then, is diminishing with rising issues as mentioned above.

Gone were the days when romance was a culture, a tradition beholding the lives of youthfulness, of travelling distances to fulfilling the urge of meeting a girl. Now, with courtship culture in its waning stage, social media has taken a step to an imaginary romance. Never like before!

Punakha Dromchoe Festival Tour

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Punakha Dromchoe Festival showcased the construction of Punakha Dzong  by the  Zhabdrung Ngawang Namygyel who unified Bhutan as a nation state. The internal conflict and external invasion during the construction of the fortress by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637, and sacred mask dances and folk dances are performed by the central monastic Body, as well as the public of Punakha district. During the festival, the “Pazap’s” or local militia men, dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan

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Snowman trek in Bhutan is one of the most demanding and the beautiful treks in Bhutan. The 28 days long trek goes on northern Bhutan along the border with Tibet crossing thirteen Himalayan mountain passes some as high as 5000 masl. The trekkers pass through stunning Himalayan mountain views of Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Masagang, Tiger Mountain and Gangkar Puensum- the worlds highest unclimbed mountain and other conspicuous peaks along the northern border. Today many trekkers opt to trek the snowman trailer before hitting the trails of Mt Everest.

Bhutan Snowman Run Tour

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Today, Bhutan present sporting fans and spectators from all around the world an opportunity to attend and participate in different sporting events in the country. With breathtaking landscapes and sceneries, Bhutan definitely can be one of the most exhilarating sports training destinations to build up their strength and stamina for all kinds of power sports, from training and participating in marathons to biking and river rafting or kayaking etc.

Snowman run is yet another big international sporting event in Bhutan. For the first time snowman ran will take place in October this year. The event is already gaining its momentum as the runners will be running on the highest snow-capped mountains of Bhutan.

Terms and conditions

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Introduction

Bhutan Holiday Trips is a tour operator approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Royal Government of Bhutan with the registration number 1042097. Tourists are advised to read the following terms and conditions carefully before booking a trip with us. 

Tour price and surcharge

All tourists coming to Bhutan must pay a daily fee fixed by the government as follows:

  1. USD 200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August and December.
  2. USD 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October and November.
  3. For a group of two persons, there is surcharge of USD 30 per person per night in addition to the daily fee
  4. For solo traveler, there is surcharge of USD 40 per person per night in addition to the daily fee
  5. The daily covers accommodation in a minimum of 3 star hotel, land transport, a certified guide, meals and trekking equipment.
  6. However, the daily fee does not cover a one-time visa fee of USD 40, which has to be paid by each tourist.

Deposit and final payment

You are expected pay 30% of the tour cost at the time of booking the trip, with the remaining amount to be paid 45 days ahead of arrival. If you confirm the booking within 45 days before arrival, you have to make the full payment at the time of booking. In addition, if you wish to upgrade your accommodation facilities four or five star or want your services and meals to be more luxurious, there will be additional charges, which will be communicated to you before confirmation of such booking. Accordingly, you will be required to pay higher deposit when booking the trip.

Young Travelers

If the traveler is below 18 years old, he or she must be accompanied by elders or guardians for the entire tour. The adult will be fully responsible for the conduct and wellbeing of the young traveler. Accordingly, the adult will accept the terms and conditions on his or her behalf including all the risks and limitations of liability.

Airfare

Tour cost does not cover international airfare or domestic airfare. If you like us to arrange flights for you, we can facilitate through a particular airline and you are expected to comply with their terms and conditions. However, Bhutan Holiday Trips will not be responsible for any changes in airfare, itineraries or flight times.

Travel document

Your passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months during your visit to Bhutan. Bhutan Holiday Trips will ensure that you receive the Bhutanese visa and permits in advance of your visit. You are expected to take care of visas and permits for other countries. This will depend on where you want to travel before or after Bhutan. Bhutan Holiday Trips is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to the client’s failure to secure proper travel documentation. 

Tips and gratuities

Tour cost does not cover tips and gratuities for your tour guide; driver, trekking crew, hotel staff, etc.  While it is not mandatory, you are expected to leave some amount as tips if you are satisfied with their service.

Third Party Services

If you like to avail services, which are outside the tour package, we will arrange it for you through a third party. However, there will be additional charges and you will have to pay for it. Bhutan Holiday Trips will not responsible for any lapses in the services provided by the third party.

Modification by the company

Bhutan Holiday Trips reserves the right to make reasonable alteration to the confirmed itinerary caused by an unexpected event or unavoidable circumstances, which may otherwise affect the tour. With time permitting, Bhutan Holiday Trips will communicate the changes to the travelers before departing for Bhutan.  

Modification by the Client

Any changes to the confirmed itinerary by the client will be accepted only if it is sent in writing. Although every effort will be made to accommodate the changes and additional requests, their availability cannot be assured. Any additional cost or expenses arising from the modification will be charged to the client(s). 

Cancellation 

 A tourist may cancel their booking in writing to Bhutan Holiday Trips, where applicable. You will be liable to pay cancellation charges, which will depend on the date on which the request for cancellation has been received as follows:

Date of cancellation % refund
45 days & more  100% Refund of tour cost 
30-44 days             80% Refund of tour cost
20-29 days         50% Refund of tour cost 
15-19 days    30% Refund of tour cost
0-14 days         100% Cancellation fee 

Any bank charges or fees for transfer of the refund amount will be borne by the client.

There is cancellation policy for every hotel and airline. Please check with us if you want to know about the cancellation policy of a particular hotel or airline.  

Public Holidays

It is possible that certain facilities such as museums, restaurants, hotels, and shopping may remain closed during local or national holidays or special events. While every effort will be made to make alternative arrangements, Bhutan Holiday Trips will not be responsible for any closures, changes to the itinerary or curtails for any reason. 

Limitation of Liability 

Every effort will be made to ensure the safety and comfort of the client(s). However, the company will not be responsible for any risk or danger caused by factors or circumstances beyond our control. These may include but not limited to the risk of traveling through difficult areas, risk of automobile, aircraft, or horse riding accidents; natural calamities and accidents or illness in areas where medical facilities are not available. 

Travel Insurance 

The cost of the tour does not include any insurance coverage. We strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance from your country that covers trip cancellation, curtailment, medical expenses due to injury or illness including emergency helicopter evacuation to the medical facility and other expenses incurred due to loss, damage, delay or inconvenience caused by unexpected circumstances.

When to visit Bhutan

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Bhutan is a year-round destination. With the right information, planning and preparation, you can visit Bhutan at any time of the year. There are many things to do and see, no matter what time of the year it is. Bhutan has four seasons as follows:

Spring (March, April and May)

Spring in Bhutan is beautiful and warm. The valleys come alive with fresh plants and trees. This is the time for blooming rhododendrons, wild azaleas, and edelweiss to cover the meadows like carpet. With clear skies, you will enjoy the views of majestic Himalayas. It is a great time for hiking and trekking. The famous Paro Tsechu and Punakha Domche also take place at this time. Other festivals include Chhorten Kora, Talo Tshechu, Gasa Tshechu, Domkhar Tshechu, and Rhododendron Festival.

Summer (June, July and August) 

Bhutan receives most of the rain during summer. It is a wonderful time to visit with so many places filled with flourishing paddy fields and lush green vegetation against a backdrop of the clear blue sky after the rain. This is also the season of popular festivals such as Nimalung Tshechu, Kurjey Tshechu, Haa Summer Festival and Matsutake Mushroom Festival.  However, trekking is not recommended at this time of the year as the trails can be muddy and slippery.

Autumn (September, October and November)

This is the ideal time for trekking and travelling. With pleasant and clear skies, you can expect the perfect views of the mountains. This is also the time when the farmlands glow in golden yellow with ripening of paddies, so it is also the best time for photography. Two major festivals, Thimphu Tsechu and Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival, fall during this period. Other festivals and events are Wangdue Tsechu, Tour of The Dragon (Bicycle Race), Gangtey Tshechu, Tamshing Phala Chhoepa, Jakar Tshechu, Black Necked Crane Festival, Mongar Tshechu, Prakhar Duchhoed, Trashigang Tshechu, and Prakhar Tshechu.

Winter (December, January and February)

Winter months are dry and chilly with clear skies. During this time, much of the treks remain snowbound and impassable especially in the high mountains. But you can still do bird watching and trekking along the valleys in the lower altitudes where temperature is considerably warm and cozy. It is also the best time to visit Bumdeling in the eastern Bhutan and Phojikha in the western Bhutan where the endangered black-necked cranes migrate from Tibetan plateau during the winter.

How to get into Bhutan

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Travelers have two options to get into Bhutan. They can come either by air or land.

Air

One of the ways to get into Bhutan is by air. The only international airport in the country is located in Paro from where it takes only about an hour to drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. At present, only two carriers fly into the country: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. There are also domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan.

Drukair flies to and from:
Bangkok (BKK – Thailand)
Delhi (DEL – India)
Kolkata (CCU – India)
Bagdogra (IXB – India)
Gaya (GAY – India)
Guwahati (GAU – India)
Kathmandu (KTM – Nepal)
Dhaka (DAC – Bangladesh)
Singapore (SIN – Singapore)

Bhutan Airlines flies to and from:
Bangkok (BKK – Thailand)
Delhi (DEL – India)
Kolkata (CCU – India)
Gaya (GAY – India)
Kathmandu (KTM – Nepal)

Land

Another way to enter Bhutan is by road through Phuentsholing, a vibrant border town with the Indian state of West Bengal. It is an important entry and exit point for those interested to travel to Sikkim and Darjeeling before or after Bhutan. The journey takes about 5 hours from Thimphu to Phuntsholing and another 6 hours from Phuentsholing to Sikkim/Darjeeling.

Tourists can also enter Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar in south east Bhutan. The journey from Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati is about three hours. From there, you can take a flight to Kolkata, Delhi, Bangkok or Bagdogra or catch a train to various Indian destinations.

Gelephu, in south-central Bhutan, is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu and the journey will take about 6 to 7 hours.

Why You Must Visit Chimmi Lhakhang

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Why You Must Visit Chimmi Lhakhang

The Abode of the Divine Madman

Did you know that Chimmi Lhakhang is the most revered “Temple of Fertility” made famous by no other than the maverick Lama and saint Drukpa Kuenley who was a fine example of the Tibetan tradition of “crazy wisdom”. If you don’t know his history, he was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung monastery and a contemporary and disciple of Pema Lingpa, the famous treasure finder.

He travelled the length and breadth of Bhutan and Tibet as a Neljorpa (yogi) using songs, humour and outrageous behaviour to dramatize his teachings to the common man. This down to earth technique helped him to teach the dharma in a language that the common man related to. He probably felt that the stiffness of the clergy and social conventions which were keeping people from learning the true teachings of Buddha.

In a way, his outrageous, often obscene, actions and sexual antics were a deliberate tactic developed by him to provoke people to discard their inhibitions and preconceptions and concentrate on more profound aspects of life. Tango monastery is apparently the proud owner of a thanka (religious painting) that Kuenley urinated on! He is also credited with having created Bhutan’s strange animal, the Takin (now the national animal of Bhutan), by sticking the head of a goat onto the body of a cow!

Interesting Facts about Chimmi Lhakhang and Lama Drukpa Kuenley

Chimmi Lhakhang was built by Ngawang Choegyel in 1499, later the site was blessed by Drukpa Kuenley. Lama Drukpa Kuenley built the small Chorten (stupa), which is located adjacent to the temple.

Although Chimmi Lhakhang is made popular by the most revered figure ‘the divine madman’ who carried the thunderbolt of wisdom in the shape of a Phallus. On the contrary, in ChimmiLhakhang itself, you won’t find any phallic symbols on the temple walls. In fact, they are generally not depicted in community temples and dzongs, which are places of worship where lamas and other Buddhist monks and nuns who have adopted a celibate lifestyle, pursuing religious and spiritual attainment.

Lama Drukpa Kuenley’s unorthodox teachings of the Dharma through sexual exploits became legendry even as flying phalluses on ropes and strings high above rooftops of houses or brightly painted on walls are enduring testaments of his fame that spread far and wide across the kingdom, Tibet as well and perhaps even beyond.

Chimmi Lhakhang is widely known as the ‘fertility temple’ in Bhutan. There are even numerous anecdotes about non-Buddhist tourists who surprisingly (probably as desperate as they were) even prayed in Chimmi Lhakhang to bless them with children. Local couples religiously pay homage to Drukpa Kuenley as the father of fertility.

Unlike other temples in Bhutan, if you happen to go to Chimmi Lhakhang, the caretaker Lama blesses pilgrims, even unsuspecting ones with a wooden phallus along with the bow and arrow believed to have once belonged to Lam Drukpa Kuenley. The woman who desires or longs to bear a child is made to carry a massive wooden phallus and circumambulate the temple three times.

As is the custom in Bhutan, many parents with newly born babies visit a Lama or a monk for the christening of the newborn. If a newborn acquires the name from Chimmi Lhakhang, the first name invariably turns out to be ‘Kinley’! If you happen to know somebody named Kinley, ask him how he acquired the name!

Around the vicinity of Chimmi Lhakhang, handicraft and painting shops are mushrooming everywhere but the most common item you find there happens to be wooden phalluses of all shapes and sizes. It is generally believed that wearing or keeping a phallus will ward off evils.

If you would want to know more about Lam Drukpa Kuenley’s biography and collection of songs, poems and bar-room anecdotes, try Keith Dowman’s The Divine Madman.

MERAK- The Land of Reds

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Merak lies at an elevation of 3500 Mt above sea level. The village is surrounded by rugged mountain terrains which for centuries remained isolated from the rest of the region. Although Bhutan opened its door to tourism in 1974, Merak and a few other places in the country remained pretty much closed to tourists until 2012 owing to ever increasing demands of more adventurous tourists who found such exotic places more alluring.

Merak is popularly known for its myths and folklores. Merak is often known to the outside world as the land of the abominable snowman or the elusive ‘Yeti’. If you ask any adult Merak resident about this mystical native of the snows, they will share many true life experiences which of course will border around myth and truth. Nevertheless, one cannot but stop wondering about the existence of this strange phenomenon.

The highlanders living in Merak have their own distinct cultural and linguistic characteristics. The place offers visitors to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle and culture. The annual Merak festival is a festive occasion when most of the residents are home and people from the neighborhoods all join in. It is the only time of the year when the herdsmen get the much needed respite from their daily routine of cattle rearing in the high pasturelands.

This annual festival in Merak is no different from any other such festival in Bhutan when people take these occasions for family reunions and a time for festivity and merriment. People turn out in their best costumes and feast on the best of local food and cuisines which families bring packed even as they make themselves comfortable around the festival grounds.

Ache Lhamo Dance is one of the most sacred dances that is performed only in certain places like Merak-Sakteng in Tashigang District and Lauri in SamdrupJongkhar. The Merak-Saktengpa people perform this dance-drama once a year during the annual festival. Ache Lhamo Dance is considered sacred and unique because of its characters and relevance. Another intangible culture in the form of performing arts is the Yak Chaam. The yak dance is believed to be the replication of the legendry take of Thopa Gali while it also signifies paying due respect to yaks in the form of dances as the yak is the main source of income for highlanders.

The most distinctive feature of these semi-nomads is their attire. The attire of the Brokpa appears heavy-duty material woven from a combination of yak hair, sheep wool and animal hide. Woman’s dress is known as ‘Shingkha’ and men wear ‘Chupa’. Both woman and man wear invariably don their heads with their protective headgears famously known as the ‘Tshitpi Zham’. The disc-shaped hat has five half foot long tentacles extending outward that allow rain drops or melted snow water to run off thus keeping the heads dry and warm.

Interesting facts about Bhutan

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1. The king of Bhutan abdicated in favor of Democracy

Gyalsey and fourth king of Bhutan – Photo Courtesy Yellow Bhutan

Bhutan is the youngest democracy in the world, whichis transformed from monarchy to democratic government. People were shocked, when their King JigmeSingyeWangchuk declared in December 2005 that he would abdicate the throne and adopt a parliamentary system of government by 2008. People of Bhutan cried knowing they would no longer be ruled by the benevolent leader. It was a surprise forpeople because in other countries people fight for power while in Bhutan the king was abdicating in favor of Democracy. The first ever democratic election was held on March 2008 after passing of the draft constitutionin a national referendum. The first two parties who contested for the election were DrukPhuensumTshogpa (DPT) led by JigmeThinley and People’s Democractic Party (PDP) led by SangayNgedup. DPT won the election and became the first ruling partyBhutan.

2. Bhutanprefer Happiness over wealth

While the rest of the world move towards obtaining happiness through wealth, Bhutanadheres to a very different belief. Bhutan is now trying to measure progress by Gross National Happiness. His majesty is the founding father of GNH. He viewed that rich people are not always happy while the happy people generally considered themselves rich. The concept of Gross National happiness is based on true premises of material and spiritual development occuring side by side. The philosophy of GNH has recently received international recognition from UN. The philosophy of GNH is based on four pillars and nine domains. The objective of GNH is to achieve a balanced development in all facts of life which is essentials for our happiness. It is a holistic and sustainable approach to development, which balance material and non material values with conviction to multiply happiness.

3. It is mandatory to wear Bhutanese dress in Bhutan

Bhutan is very rich with culture and tradition and Bhutanese traditional dress is one of the most distinctive and visible aspect of country. It is compulsory to wear the national dress in schools, government offices and on formal occasions. It was designed during the time of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel to unify Bhutan. Men wear gho, along rope similar to Tibetan chuba and women wear a long floor length dress called kira. When visiting dzongs, women wear a cloth sash called rachu over their shoulders and men wear a kabney. Most of the Bhutanese dresses are hand woven textile goods found in handicrafts shops. If anyone is found without a proper dresswhile visitingdzongs and offices then it’s considered indiscipline. Bhutanese should not stand near the National flag without dressingproperly inthe National dress.

4. The country was isolated from the world until the 70s

Bhutan remained in isolation until the 1960s without currency, telephone, roads, schools, hospitals and no public services. People in Bhutan didn’t know about the outside world as well as were unaware of the people living behind the mountains. The policy of isolation came to an end after the launchon the path of Modernization by The Third King. India became the supporting friend who helped Bhutan to have its first highwayfrom Thimphu to Phuntsholing.Whenthe road came, people were able to travel from one place to another and exchange information. With the introduction of television People came to know about the outside world. Following the footsteps of his father, the Fourth King, His Majesty JigmeSingyeWangchuk pledged to continue Modernization. Now you will see Bhutan as a developing nation like any other nations.

5. Bhutan is a mountainous country but it does not welcome Mountaineers

Bhutan is a mountainous country but it doesn’t welcome Mountaineers may sound absurd for many. However, it is true fact about Bhutan as Bhutan follows the policy of Sustainable Development and ‘High Value Low Impact’ tourism policy. Bhutan has a total of 18 peaks among which only one is open for tourists to climb. Several attempts were made by climbers to climb Bhutan’s second highest peak ‘GangkharPhensum’ in the past. However, they failed because Bhutan chose to remain closed for mountaineers. Bhutan clearly understands that if climbing in Bhutan was entertained then in future, Bhutan will experience so many natural hazards. Bhutan’s Hydro electricity is a source ofincome earning for Bhutan. If mountain climbing is allowed in Bhutan, the fast following river from lake and glacier will be deteriorate. However, in future if Bhutan decides to open mountain climbing then Bhutan will become one of the tourists’ highest destinations.

6. Tourism in Bhutan is chaperoned at $250 a day

All tourist visiting Bhutan are charged with US 250 dollars per person per night. Though, it may seem expensive to travel to Bhutan with highest tariff rates, its worth traveling to Bhutan. Bhutan strictly follows its tourism policy of ‘High Value Low Impact’. To maintain the tourism policy $ 250 Is charged. However, tourist should know that $250 includes food, accommodation, transport, and a guide and entry fee. The $250 dollars is mandatory only during peak season. During lean season tourist are charged with $200 per person per night. If you are solo traveler you have to pay extra of $40 dollars along with $250. Indian tourists are not charged with tariff rate however, they have to manage their own travel expenses of five to minimum three stars accommodation. Students who are traveling to Bhutan for studies can request for discount to Tourism council. Children below the age of five are not charged with the tariff rate. 

7. There are no traffic lights in Bhutan

Bhutan is the only country in the world which doesn’t have traffic lights even in its capital. Roads in Bhutan are maintained manually without traffic lights. Policemen in Thimphu stand at a major intersections and control traffic. Apparently the government introduced a set of traffic lights in some areas but removed after public outcry. People from other countries may see it funny for Bhutan has no traffic light even in its capital.  Development has touched only in few corners. People in Bhutan still wake up in sounds of rooster unlike other countries where wake looked up in sound of vehicles. There are no noise and air pollution in cities of Bhutan. Bhutan city will be the only city in the world with both rural and urban taste.

8. Internet and TV only arrived in 1999

Television and internet were launched only in 1999 before that Bhutan had no forms of mass communication. People used to walk day and night to communicate before transport and communication took control over Bhutan.  There are so many dialectic in Bhutan, because people were isolated because of lack of mass communication in past. After the introduction of internet in Bhutan number of subscribers has increased to 926 dial up throughout Bhutan. Access to information has greatly improved after the introduction of television and internet. People got faster information and connectivity through mass information. It has also helped government to pass the new policies and media acts as a watch dog. Furthermore, mass media helps in advertising products and to give announcements to the people in most efficient and easy way. It also helps to know what is happening in and around the world without having to move a single step.

9. Bhutan is carbon negative

While other nations are struggling to reduce their carbon emissions, The Kingdom of Bhutan is already carbon negative. It is surprising how Bhutan a small country absorbs green house gases emitted by other nations. Bhutan ability to be carbon negative is due to natural forests and the fact that it is developing country. Most of the people in Bhutan work in agriculture and forestry. Another reason for Bhutan being carbon negative is because of its policy of GNH, which empathies more on conservation of environment. Furthermore, Bhutan strongly adheres to its policy of sustainable development as well as ‘high value low impact ‘tourism policy. It is mentioned in constitution that Bhutan must maintain 60% of forest coverage tall times to come. Such policy has help Bhutan to remain carbon neutral and in fact carbon negative.

10. Bhutan’s national animal looks like a mixed goat and cow

Bhutan’s national animal Takin which is associated with religious history and mythology. It is a very rare mammal with thick neck and short muscular legs and in a way looks like a mixed goat and cow. It is mostly found in 4000 meters above sea level on the north-western and far north-eastern parts of the country. They mostly feed on bamboo. It can weight over 200kgs at most. According to the history in 1905, a British political officer photographed baby Takin in Bhutan for the first time. Before people considered takin as a mythological animal and believed that it exist during 8th century. This animal was given to Mr. J.C. White by Trongsa Poenlop. It died the next day after taking photograph. Because it was first spotted by Mr. White, it has been named in his honor.

Izhar Buendia – USA

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Kinga’s thoughtful planning and friendliness gave our group of three young Americans a memorable experience into Bhutan’s culture, places, and people. He made sure everyone in the group was taken care of and was flexible to our requests. He was also keen to understanding our individual needs and combine them into the itinerary so we could all be happy. During our 70km hike on the Laya Trek, Kinga made sure I had a birthday celebration with cake and candles up in the mountains where we had no electricity. Our comfort and enjoyment was Kinga’s priority. If you want a personalized and memorable Bhutan trip, I highly recommend Kinga and Bhutan Holiday Trips Travel.

Devashish Pcydelic – India

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I had An amazing trip with these guys best service that i could have from the day i landed i booked a package of 6 nights and 7 days had a blast. only this was there food that i was not able to eat but the team always use to arrange Indian food for me most of the time. best service i could ever expected from these guys

Bennett Piam – Australia

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I enjoyed the trip to Bhutan very much. The stay was excellent, the guide Kinga and driver were the best we could have. We had the best week of our lives.

The trip couldn’t have gone better. The weather was wonderful, the guide was very very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and over all it was a wonderful experience. Our guide Kinga personalised our itinerary and gave us a memorable experience.

Thanks again for everything! Bhutan is my favourite place to travel. I’ve been to India and Nepal previously but nothing compares to this trip with the level of personal service and care shown by our guide Kinga. Thanks man! Kaadinchey.

Michael Nguyen – USA

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Kinga is an excellent guide. He was very flexible with our itinerary and tried his best to tailor our experience to our interests. Although his specialty is Bhutanese cultural tours, he was able to assemble an awesome team of very qualified trekking guides for our 70km hike (in which Kinga was with us every step of the way). I could tell that he took a lot of time and care to thoughtfully plan a 9 day itinerary for 3 very curious and (over)adventurous Americans.

I highly recommend you book with Kinga and Bhutan Holiday Trips for your next trip.

Gasa Hotspring Tour

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Gasa Hot spring is said to have capabilities of healing many health peoblems such as Sinusitis, gastrointestinal ulcers, sunburn, facial sores, dermatological diseases and nasal sores and injuries.  

The Gasa Festival is the biggest festival in the small district of Gasa in northnwest Bhutan, which is a home to highlander’s communities. Many mask dances are performed and the local folk dances are very unique and distinct, adding to the festive mood of the celebrations. 

Bhutan Festival Calender 2020

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SL # FESTIVAL PLACE Date
1 Punakha Drubchen Punakha Dzong, Punakha 2nd – 4th March
2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha Dzong, Punakha 5th – 7th March
3 Tharpaling Thongdrol Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang 9th March
4 Gomphukora Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang 1st – 3rd April
5 Talo Tshechu Talo Gonpa, Punakha 1st – 3rd April
6 Gasa Tshechu Gasa Dzong, Gasa 1st – 3rd April
7 Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 11st – 3rd April
8 Paro Tshechu Rinpung Dzong, Paro 4th – 8th April (Thongdral on last day)
9 Chhorten Kora Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe 8th April & 22nd April
10 Rhododendron Festival Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu
11 Domkhar Tshechu Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang. 3rd – 5th May
12 Ura Yakchoe Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 4th – 8th May
13 Nimalung Tshechu Nimalung Dratshang, Chumni, Bumthang 30th June – 1st Juluy
14 Kurjey Tshechu Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 30th June
15 Haa Summer Festival Haa
16 Mushroom Festival Genekha, Thimphu.
17 Masutaki Mushroom Festival Ura, Bumthang
18 Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) Bumthang to Thimphu 5th Sept
19 Thimphu Drubchen Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 22nd Sept
20 Wangdue Tshechu Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang. 24th – 26th Sept
21 Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang 26th – 28th Sept
22 Thimphu Tshechu Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu 26th – 28th Sept
24 Thangbi Mani Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang 29th Sept – 2nd Oct
25 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu
26 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 24th – 26th Oct
27 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang. 23rd – 27th Oct
28 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 31st Oct – 3rd Nov
29 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 1st – 3rd Nov
30 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 26th Oct
31 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang. 11th Nov
32 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 21st – 24th Nov
33 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang. 22nd – 25th Nov
34 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 30th Nov
35 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel. 21st – 24th Nov (Thongdral on last day)
36 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 30th Nov – 2nd Dec
37 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , Thimphu 13th Dec
38 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 10th – 13th Dec (Thongdral on last day)
39 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 21st – 24th Dec (Thongdral on last day)
40 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 29th – 31st Dec
25 Jhomolhari Mountain Festival Dangochong, Thimphu
26 Chhukha Tshechu Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 24th – 26th Oct
27 Jakar Tshechu Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang. 23rd – 27th Oct
28 Jambay Lhakhang Drup Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 31st Oct – 3rd Nov
29 Prakhar Duchhoed Prakar Khakhang, Chumni, Bumthang 1st – 3rd Nov
30 Dechenphu Tshechu Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu 26th Oct
31 Black Necked Crane Festival Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang. 11th Nov
32 Mongar Tshechu Mongar Dzong, Mongar 21st – 24th Nov
33 Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang. 22nd – 25th Nov
34 Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 30th Nov
35 Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel. 21st – 24th Nov (Thongdral on last day)
36 Nalakhar Tshechu Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang 30th Nov – 2nd Dec
37 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Douchula , Thimphu 13th Dec
38 Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa 10th – 13th Dec (Thongdral on last day)
39 Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse 21st – 24th Dec (Thongdral on last day)
40 Nabji Lhakhang Drup Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa 29th – 31st Dec

Hidden Kingdom of Bhutan

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Explore the cultural highlight of Hidden Kingdom of Bhutan including iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Punakha Dzong. Your trek starts from north of Haa valley, trek along mountains and valley in between Haa and Paro, with enchanting view of Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherimgang mountains.  

Explore Villages through Day Hike

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This 8 days tour combines cultural sightseeing and adventurous hiking through villages and farmlands filled with breathtaking scenery and landscape.

Drukyul Walking Tour

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This itinerary combines hiking and camping in the villages, experience the authentic Bhutanese life and culture. Explore the picturesque villages by hiking through least visited villages and experience the real authentic Bhutanese life and culture. This tour including iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Traditional homestay tour

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Home stay is the perfect way to experience of typical village life in Bhutan. It is a greatopportunity to mingle with the Bhutanese families where they can dine, work along with the farmers and get your self fully engage in the life of a normal Bhutanese people . You will enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

Photography tour

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Bhutan’s landscape, colorful festival, valleys, architecture, rivers, flowers and traditional culture brings together to provide a good opportunities like nowhere els in the world. You can take amazing photo in this Himalayan Kingdom.

Laya Run/ Highlander Festival Tour

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The most popular highland festival takes place in Laya, a village located at one of the remote and high altitude regions in Bhutan. Every year in October, both locals and most of the tourists either trek or participate in Laya Run which is yet another challenging and most spectacular running race in the kingdom. Laya is known to many as the roof of the world.

The Royal Highland Festival brings in all the highlanders from across the country. The festive occasion is usually graced by the King of Bhutan.

Jumolhari Mountain Festival Tour

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Jomolhari Mountain Festival is an annual two days festival event that takes place at the picturesque base of Jomolhari. The festival celebrates the harmonious co-existence between the highlanders and snow leopards ‘the ghost of high mountain’ in the northern frontier of Lingzhi. It also showcases highlanders assets- the Yaks, Massifs, traditional cultural dances and more. Since the introduction of the festival in 2013, there is an increase in the number of tourist trekking to Jomolhari during the festival season.

Tour of the Dragon bike race

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Amongst many sporting events and initiatives thus so far organized in Bhutan, the Tour of the Dragon has the distinction of holding the first of its kind Ultra Marathon Bike Race (covering a distance of over 200+ kilometres). Cyclists from around the world travel to Bhutan to participate in one of the toughest and most challenging ultra races in the world. Tour of the Dragon covers the distance of more than 200+km benching it was one of the ultra-cycling marathons in the world.

The race starts from Bumthang in central Bhutan. This region that spans from 2,600-3,400m is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries

Bhutan International Marathon Tour

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Bhutan International Marathon is divided into two categories: 42-kilometre Full Marathon from Tashithang in Gasa and Half Marathon 21-kilometre from Khabisa to  Punakha Dzong.  The route passes through villages, forests and  farmlands.

Bhutan Ancient Trails

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On this 11 days tour, you will discover the ancient trails that have linked villages for centuries. Most of the time you will hike in meadows of wildflowers to dwarf, rhododendron forest with good mountain views. This tour is best way to discover and experience people, forest and scenery.

Magical Bhutan Tour

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This 8 Days Magical Bhutan tour will be Mix of cultural tour with a camping trip to Bumdr. This short overnight trek has much to recommend it, great view of the Paro valley, gorgeous sunset, interesting cliff face pilgrimage site, little visited chapels above Taktsng goemba and the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery.    

Manas Wildlife Safari

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Manas wildlife safari is one of the prime habitat of Tiger, Elephant, Guar(wild water buffalo), the rare Golden Langur, Four species of game fish “Mahaeer” , many resident birds including Giant Hornbills, Rufous-necked, wreathed, Pied, and Great Indian, making this also an ornithologist’s Paradise. Wildlife here is undisturbed and considered a unique biosphere ranging from lowland tropical forest to permanent rice fields. 

Bird Watching

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Bhutan is increasingly being describe as the birding capital of the world. Bhutan is home to many species of birds that are in danger of Extinction, including the Imperial Heron, which is one of the fifty rarest birds in the world and the rare Black-Necked Crane, which breeds in Tibet and then migrated over the Himalayas to Bhutan during the winter months.

Biking in Natural Trail

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Biking is gaining popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike. The rugged, mountainous terrain of the Bhutan provides an ideal landscape for mountain Biking. 

Ura Yakchoe Festival Tour

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URA Yakchoe is held in Ura Lakhang. Ura Lakhang is situated in the middle of Ura village in Bumthang. It was built in 1980s. Highlight of the events is invoking and escorting of the deity Yidam Chhana Dorjee from Gaythen to Ura.

Thimphu Festival Tour

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One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days. The Tshechu is witness by thousands of people, both local and tourist. The actual Tshechu is preceded by day and night of the prayers and rituals to invoke the gods. Mask dances like the Guru Tsengay (Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche), Shaw Shachi (Dance of the stag) and many are performed. 

Jambay Lhakhang Drub Festival

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The five day Jambay Lakhang Festival is held at Jambay Lakhang in Bumthang. This is one of the oldest temple build by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in 7th century. One of the most interesting events held there. During this festival, the chams (dances) include Terchham (Naked Dance), which was formerly initiated by Terton Dorji Lingpa, Mewang (Fire Blessing), Macham, Ging Tsholing, Dramtse Ngacham, Zhana Cham etc. The dances are performed by the local villagers. 

Gomkora Festival

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Gomkora festival is one of the most popular in eastern Bhutan and attracts the Dakpa tribe from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh (India), who walk for days to reach there. According to the legend, the demon escape from Tibet and fled to the site and hide inside a big rock that stands today where the festival takes place. Guru Rinpoche meditated at the cave inside the rock for three days. The demon took the form of a big snake and Guru Rinpoche subdued him in the form of a Garuda (a giant mystical bird). The demon was then converted in to the main guardian deity of the place.   

Druk Wangyel Festival

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Druk Wangyel festival is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk, Fourth King of Bhutan. It also celebrates the continuous efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country. This unique festival performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people. 

Black-Necked Festival

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Black-Necked Crane Festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this vulnerable and majestic bird that has become an inseparable parts in their daily lives during the winter months. Annual black-necked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding the importance of the conserving the birds. The festival includes cultural programme, such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes), mask dances performed by the local people, Crane dances and environmental conversation-themed dramas and songs by school children. 

Historic Central Bhutan

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Historic Central Bhutan tour will take you all the way to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. Focused on age old historical and rich cultural sites of Bhutan. The route is along a   spectacular winding road that passes through lush valley and hilly forest with a scenic landscape.

Glimpse of Bhutan

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Glimpse of Bhutan tour is perfect for those who have limited time frame but always wanted to explore the land of Gross National Happiness.

Far East Bhutan

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Far East Bhutan tour will take you to the remote corner of Tashi Yangtse and Lhuntse in eastern Bhutan where less tourist are travelled. This trip is ideal for those who want to discover the true Bhutan.  

Essence of Himalaya

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Essence of Himalaya tour will take you around Western Bhutan. You will visit Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha valley and hike to dramatic cliff-hanging Tiger’s Nest monastery.

Bhutan the last Shangri-La

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Unspoiled nature and environment, cultural identity and traditional architecture, Bhutan has earned a title of last Shangri-La.

Bhutan above clouds

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Bhutan above clouds focuses on exploring the wonderful diverse environment, beautiful landscape of the lush valley, rushing streams as well as discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.

Laya Gasa Trek

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Laya Gasa trek in Bhutan is the most enchanting adventure trek in the Himalayas. The trail goes through high pasture land where Yak herders graze their animals. You will travel through the remote mountains villages inhabited by Layap, a distinct segment of Bhutanese society with Unique culture, traditions and appearance. 

Merak Sakten Trek

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Merak Sakten trek is opened only in 2012 after decades of inception of tourism in Bhutan and so far very few trekking groups have visited this remote region in Eastern Bhutan. The people living in Merak Sakten area are semi nomadic yak herders with a unique and fascinating culture in the world. They speak a different dialect, have their own deities and wear a unique style of dress. They wear headgear made out of yak hair with five tentacles designed to draw away the rain.

Haa Nub Tshonapata Trek

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The Nub Tsho Napata Trek is considered unique and unexplored as many do not trek this region. Journey takes you through rich forest of flora and fauna offering breathtaking views of the giant Himalayan mountain peaks looping at the valley head and the turquoise colored Nub Tshona Pata Lak which will be the highlight of the trek. The entire trail offers magnificent landscape, breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.

Druk Path Trek

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This trek is wonderfully varied: beautiful scenery, good views of snow capped Himalayan peaks, a monastery high up in the mountains, and visit a Dzong. There are campsite next to Monastery, and also near some beautiful lakes. Part of route follows the original mule trek that linked Thimphu and Paro valley. 

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

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This trek is also called the ‘ Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek’(Dagala is the mountain goddess who over looks the Lakes). On this trek you will see stunning view of the entire Himalayan Mountain ranges and some of the world’s highest peak Mt.Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drakey and Gangchen Ta. 

Jomolhari Trek

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Jomolhari trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. This trek will take you to the stunning view of Mt.Jomolhari at 7315m from the base camp. Jomolhari is the second highest unclimbed peak in the world. The trail takes through high pasture land which are used by yak herders for grazing animals. En route you will have spectacular views of Mount Jichu Drakey at 6989m and Tshrim Gang at 6789m. 

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