Bhutan is a small and landlocked state located in the Eastern Himalaya, surrounded by China, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Bhutan is enriched with unique culture and traditions which make it a very distinctive country in the world. Bhutan is the only country in today’s world that still retains the Tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism as its official religion. This form of Buddhism was introduced to Bhutan by Guru Padmasambhava (the second Buddha) in the 8th century. According to legends, Guru Padmasambhava made his legendary trip from Tibet to Bhutan on the back of a flying tigress to subdue evil spirits who hindered the spread of Buddhism teachings. The most important festivals in Bhutan are those that dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, which Bhutanese believe that by attending these holy spiritual events, one will gain merit for the next life. The main destinations in Bhutan are:
Thimpu: The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions.Popular Attractions of Thimpu
Punakha: Punakha has temperate climate and is warmer than Paro and Thimphu. It is also Bhutan’s largest producer of rice (this accounts for the beautiful scenery) and the former capital of the Dragon land.Popular Attractions of Punakha
Paro: The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends.Popular Attractions of Paro
Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan, and at 7,570 m, it is the 40th highest peak in the world. Bhutan opened itself up to mountaineering only in 1983, as they believed that towering mountains were the dwelling of spirits.
They are found everywhere in the country, from every valley to every village to almost every mountain. Lhakhangs or temples in Bhutan can be a part of a dzong or a monastery.
Tshechu is a religious festival meaning "tenth day" held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.
Stoles, Traditional Jewellery, Brassware, Yak-Bone Jewellery, Hand-Woven Bamboo Items, Masks, Thangkas, Handmade Paper and finely Crafted Metal products.
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillis are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Rafting, Trekking, Kayaking, Cycling, Rock Climbing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Archery.