BHUTAN – the land of the Thunder Dragon
The features of Bhutan
Bhutan is the last existing Buddhist kingdom that has preserved its heritage impeccably through the course of time. This haven is covered with lush greenery and an undulating terrain, whose valleys are tended by the thunderous Himalayan storms. A unique feature of Bhutan perhaps is the method of its governance. It takes the Gross National Happiness into utmost consideration, adhering to the preservation and promotion of Bhutan’s cultural heritage, its economic growth, its environment preservation and the credibility of the Royalty's good governance.
Things to do
You're bound to witness little boys with shaved heads frolicking around in maroon and yellow sarongs. You will witness the stark white dzongs crowned with golden roofs, sitting majestically in front of the breathtaking backdrop of the resplendent Himalayas. Be a part of the holy Tsechu festivals and witness the vivid mask dances that are believed to attract good luck. Hop through the cliff-hugging monasteries that house priceless, age-old relics related to Buddhism. Shop exotic incenses, local edibles, homemade cheese, yak fur attires and embroidered clothes from the local weekend markets of Thimpu.
Places to Explore
- Tiger's Nest
- Motithang Takin Preserve
- National Museum of Bhutan
- Jigme Dorji National Park
- Chimi Lakhang
- Dochu La Pass
- Simply Bhutan
- Tamzhing Monastery
- Drukgyal Dzong
- Changchukha Dzong
- Tsechen Monastery and Dzong
- Simply Bhutan
The cuisine of Bhutan
The locals of Bhutan eat a lot of cheese incorporated dishes. The dish is called Datsi. Cheese is added in mushroom curries, potato salads, meat dishes and more. They’re extremely fond of chili & use it as a vegetable. They also savor Indian dishes like peas curry cooked with cottage cheese cubes. Tibetan dishes like meat and vegetable dumplings served with clear soup & spicy tomato salsa are very popular. They also drink a locally brewed spirit called Ara & homemade rice beers. Buckwheat pancakes served with curd is also fondly eaten here.
March to May is Spring.
June to August is wrought with Monsoon.
Autumn stays from September to November.
December to February is Winter.
Druk Air, Bhutan’s only functional airline, flies from international airports like Kathmandu, Kolkata & Delhi to Paro, the state of Bhutan.
There are no existing railways in the country o Bhutan. But the country is fairly accessible by road from India through the Indian city of Jaigoan. Reserved vehicles to Thimpu can be easily arranged by Namah Tours from Bagdogra, NJP, Siliguri & Jaigaon.