Solene is our specialist of Tibet, Nepal and Bhoutan. Fascinated by these regions, she often goes there to find new places to discover, new monasteries and new villages which can bring to your trip authenticity and adventure.
Bhutan is known as the land of Thunder Dragon. It is a Himalayan kingdom where the best of traditional culture exists and the latest global development is enthusiastically embraced.
LOW VOLUME, HIGH VALUE TOURISM
Tourism in Bhutan is unique and the people pride themselves on a sustainable, eco-friendly approach that’s really exactly in line with the country’s popular philosophy of Gross National Happiness.
Tariff of US$200 per day is to be paid by foreigners so it appears as one of the world’s most expensive countries to visit. However, this is not true. This fee is all-inclusive .Accommodation, food, transport and an official guide are all provided.
Not only that, your local guide reveals the country’s amazing landscape and Buddhist heritage, and also introduces you to the day to day charms of the people Bhutanese. It’s not necessary to travel in a large groups. You can arrange your own itinerary. What you won’t find in Bhutan is crowded backpackers type of independent travels. This is Nepal for the jet set.
Bhutan holds many surprises for example buying cigarettes is illegal,rice is red and chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the main ingredient.
It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, and school kids wear gho and kira which are the traditional male and female dresses. Giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance of houses in Bhutan .
Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product.
While Bhutan visibly maintains its Buddhist traditions, you will find the Bhutanese well-educated, fun loving and vibrant.
So why go to Bhutan?
First of all, there is the amazing mountainous landscaping , and snowcapped peaks ,rise out of forests in every shade of green. Fantastic monasteries and incredible fortresses like dzongs lend a spectacular cultural charm of the country . The unique Buddhist architecture embodies the traditional Buddhist culture and sets the scene for spectacular religious dance festivals.
Then there are textiles, handicrafts, archery competitions, amazing trekking trails and breath taking flora and fauna. All this sets Bhutan aside as the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom.
When you visit Bhutan, you start getting counted amongst one of the few who have experienced the charm and magic of one of the world’s most enigmatic countries – the ‘last Shangri La’.
Bhutan is culturally and traditionally unique to Asia. The most important centers for tourism are in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and in the western city of Paro near India. Taktshang, a cliff side monastery (Called the “Tiger’s Nest” in English) overlooking the Paro Valley, is one of the country’s attractions. This temple is incredibly sacred to Buddhists. Housed inside the temple is a cave in which the Buddhist Deity who brought Buddhism to Bhutan fasted for 90 days as he battled the demons that inhabited this valley, in order to spread Buddhism. The temple has standing for well over a thousand years, yet has suffered two fires in which the damage has been repaired.
Bhutan food is generally known for its simplicity but in reality it really is quite a specialty to marry the flavours and the spices… not to mention the effort involved in getting and maintaining the ingredients.
Places Covered : Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Bhumthang - Punakha - Paro
Duration :9 Day
Places Covered : Bagdogra - Phuentsholing - Thimpu - Punakha - Paro - Phuentsholing - Bagdogra
Duration :8 Day