Exploring Bhutan – The Land of Happiness
Cuddled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Bhutan (officially called as ‘the Kingdom of Bhutan’) is a beautiful country. This country is a landlocked or say encircled by the most powerful countries in Asia, China and India. Bhutan often revered as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and is known to the Land of Happiness, due to its gross happiness quotient declared by the world. Thimphu or Thimpu is the largest and capital city of Bhutan. This captivating country is separated from Bangladesh by Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Because of its unique location, this country encounters brutal storms coming from the Himalayas, which literally is the name “Bhutan” means- “Land of Thunder Dragon”. This charming country sprawls over an area of 47,000 square kilometers and has an underrated natural beauty which is waiting to be explored to the whole world.
In fact, this country’s integral culture and traditions is a major reason that is giving the boon to its travel and tourism industry. The tourism in Bhutan began in the year 1974 with only 287 tourists but today, the number is increasing day by day. Yet, the government of Bhutan has kept a strict vigil and standard restriction in the level of tourism as it recognizes the fact that high inflow of tourists might put a negative impact on its culture and can also harm its pure natural wealth. One of the most important rules for visiting Bhutan is that you can’t travel here without a guide. There are about 80 tourist companies in Bhutan that operate sightseeing and hiking tours for tourists. In addition, special cultural tours are organized to let you familiar with exclusive traditions and customs of isolated villages. With having a large population of Buddhists (three-fourth of Buddhists), Bhutan is considered to be the last ‘Buddhist Kingdom’ in the world.
Places to See: As mentioned above, Bhutan is mainly a Buddhist country; therefore the major tourist attractions of Bhutan are mainly the monasteries. Amongst all, the Taktshang Monastery, Chagri Monastery, National Museum of Bhutan (in Paro) and Tashichoedzong (in Thimphu) are some of the popular tourist attractions. Besides these, you can also visit Trongsa Dzong and the Chorten Kora.
Explore the Culture: The true culture of Bhutan is primarily reflected in its capital city, Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, the national dress code, monastic practices of the monasteries, literature, the music and dance. The specific mask dances is also called as ‘Cham Dances’ are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichhoe Dzong in Thimphu is a four day festival, which is held annually during autumn (September / October) – (or on dates parallel to the Bhutanese calendar). Besides, the sightseeing and discovering the charming culture and traditions of Bhutan, you can try trekking & biking in Himalayas, Shopping, Bird watching Trails as well as luxury stays in the Boutique hotels here.
How to Reach: The only international airport to reach Bhutan is Paro Airport. Presently, this country doesn’t operate any railways. In addition, the Lateral Road is Bhutan’s primary east–west corridor, meeting Phuentsholing in the southwest to Trashigang in the east. In the middle, the Lateral Road adjoins directly through Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang, Paro, Punakha and Thimphu. So, when are you planning a visit to this culturally magnetic country?