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Travel Guide To Bhutan

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  • Bhutan
  • Thimphu
  • 38,394 km²
  • (GMT+6)
  • Nulgtrum
  • Dzongkha
  • 753,947 (2013)
  • Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
  • The visit to local markets is an excellent idea and provides the opportunity to see local produce & also purchase so supplies for the trip – fruit etc. The visit to a farm or rural home was also good to see how people live (Talo).I thought the stay in the village in the Haa valley was wonderful. Thank you & Tashi Delek”.

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    Jessica Brown
  • "I didn’t know what to expect upon arriving to Bhutan, but the country is amazing. It was well presented by the Tour Guide. He is calm and full of knowledge. I am very happy and I hope to come soon. I will recommend to my friends!"

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    Lisa Kimberly
  • “Our enjoyment of our tour of Bhutan was greatly enhanced by the knowledge imparted by our guide. He was always ready to answer our questions about any aspect of his country’s way of life and history”.

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    Simon

General Information About Bhutan

Bhutan is a land of respite in a world driven by material pursuit and economic gains. The tiny Himalayan nation wedged between China and India can be described as the ultimate travel destination where nature has remained intact and where money is secondary to happiness.facts of bhutanBhutan is often considered as one of the youngest democratic country when it peacefully transited to a constitutional monarchy through a Royal Command in 2008. The country was ruled by the Wangchuck dynasty since 1907.Perched in the Himalayas, Bhutan has one of the highest unclimbed mountain peaks in the world. The mountains that feed the rivers has been tapped to generate electricity that earn the major portion of the government’s revenue.But the main thrust of governance has been in providing happiness to the people rather than economic growth. Gross National Happiness, propounded by the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck remains central to any government policies, plans and programs.As the mighty Himalayan range descends towards the central and the southern region of the country, one can behold picturesque river valleys, lush green hills and meadows and clean fresh rivers and streams.72 percent of Bhutan’s land area is covered by natural forest. Bhutan’s lush green forest has thousands of species of birds, animals, plants and flowers. A major treat for travellers to Bhutan has been the experience of breathing unpolluted and clean fresh air.The valleys and hilltops are dotted with ancient monasteries and forts, known as dzongs that has fascinated travellers for many years. Many forts and temples are precariously located on cliffs and the summit of hills.Bhutan’s culture has remained vibrant throughout history. Preservation of culture has been identified as an important pillar that supports the realization of gross national happiness.Bhutanese men wear the traditional dress called Gho that closely resemble the Scottish kilt and women wear Kira, an ankle length wraparound skirt. All office goers wear the traditional dress.
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About Archery

Archery is a national and most popular sport in Bhutan and is organized nationally within the Bhutan Archery Federation. Traditional Bhutanese archery differs from Olympic standards in technical details such as the placement of the targets and atmosphere. The distance to the target is about 130 metres (430 ft). The relatively small targets are cut from wood and brightly painted, usually measuring about 3 feet (91 cm) tall and 11 inches (28 cm) wide.Archery in BhutanBullseyes are called karay. Traditionally, Bhutanese bows are made of bamboo, and arrows from bamboo or reeds, fletched with feather vanes. Arrows may be painted and tipped with metal arrowheads. The quiver may be wooden, with an animal hide covering and a woven strap.Bhutanese archery teams number at 13 players; teams take turns shooting two arrows at a time first in one direction, then in the opposite direction. The first to score 25 points wins, however because the scoring system is complicated, winning can take a very long time. For example, a second hit by an opponent can invalidate the other player's score. In addition, the interplay of wider socializing and festivities, with archery as the nominal focus, give Bhutanese archery competitions an excruciatingly slow pace. In the past, the most traditional matches could last for as long as a month, though modern matches tend to span a number of days.
Bhutan History

Bhutan Culture and History

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Culture

Culture in Bhutan, while being deeply entwined with religion, manifests itself in a vast interweave of traditional arts, architecture, festivals and religious ceremonies.Bhutan’s culture remains vibrant amidst modernization attracting tourists from all over the world. The Thimphu tshechu (festival of mask dances) alone has been attracting thousands of visitors.

History

Much of Bhutan’s history is obscure, but it can be broadly summarized into three important eras: the advent of Buddhism, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s unification of the country and the institution of monarchy in 1907.Before Buddhism arrived in the country, Bhutan is said to have been in a dark age with rampant evil, cannibalism and bon practice. Guru Padmasambhava who visited Bhutan on several occasions introduced Buddhism in the country.
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Landscape

Located in the Himalayas, Bhutan, often described, as the land of the thunder dragon is a natural paradise with lush green forest, emerald rivers, beautiful valleys and picturesque hills and mountains.History comes alive wherever you travel in the kingdom in the form of ancient fortresses, temples and monasteries
Thimphu Night Club

Bhutan's Nightlife

Nightlife in Bhutan is vibrant. The landlocked nation in the Himalaya Mountains is always flooded with a huge number of tourists. Nightlife in Bhutan is mostly related to bars, wineries, nightclubs and pubs. Two most popular national drinks of Bhutan are souza or Bhutanese tea and Ara a spirit distilled from rice, wheat or corn. Bhutan Nightlife would be incomplete without a visit to the bars, nightclubs and pubs that are scattered all over the country. There is enormous scope of finding nightlife here. To feel the pulse of nightlife here, the travelers have a choice of numerous pubs and exclusive bars in the country. If the tourists are looking to add more spice to their experience of Nightlife of Bhutan, they could even visit the local nightclubs that are teeming with nightlife. Nightlife in the pubs and nightclubs also feature live musical shows. Aside from experiencing the animated Nightlife in Bhutan, the tourists can also experience the gastronomical delights of the country. There is fairly good number of restaurants in the country.

Popular Bars in Thimphu Bhutan

 
Om Bar
ThimphuTel. : +975 17 60 36 17
 
Zest Bar & Lounge
Drentoen Lam, ThimphuTel. : +975 17 11 81 18
 
The Teste
Thimphu Bhutan Tel. : +975 17 60 41 42
 
Wine & Dine
Thimphu BhutanTel. : +975 02 339806

Famous Clubs in Bhutan

 
Ace Club
Phendey Lam, Thimphu, BhutanTel. : +975 17 11 42 44
 
Mojo Park
Yangchenma Building, Changlam, Thimphu Tel. : +975 17 11 09 75
 
Zest Bar & Lounge
Drentoen Lam, ThimphuTel. : +975 17 11 81 18
 
Space 34
Dremthen Lam, Thimphu BhutanTel. : +975 77 10 60 67

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A kingdom on the Sky

A kingdom on the Sky 03/01/2017 - 12/31/2017

per person$1400.00
  • Spend a night camping in the pristine Paro Wilderness high in the Himalaya.
  • Trek less trodden mountain paths, where few foreigners have ever set foo.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
Bhutan Cycling Tour

Bhutan Cycling Tour 12/22/2016 - 12/31/2017

per person$2200.00
  • Spend a night camping in the pristine Paro Wilderness high in the Himalaya.
  • Ride down mountains with exhilarating drops of thousands of metres.
  • Challenge yourself with surmounting high passes of over 3000 metres.
  • Spend 3 days trekking the area around the beautiful Phobjikha Valley,

Black Necked Crane Festival 12/22/2016 - 11/11/2017

per person$0.00
  • Enjoy masked and costumed dances in honour and praise of the Black Necked Cranes.
  • Stroll through handicraft and game stalls.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes of lush valleys, dense forests and rushing streams.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
bumthang cultural trek

Bumthang Cultural Trek 12/22/2016 - 12/31/2017

per person$2000.00
  • Stay in a boutique range of luxurious resorts and lodges offering every modern comfort.
  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Participate in a religious village ceremony and prayer flag hoisting.
Central Bhutan Tour

Central Bhutan Tour 04/22/2017 - 12/31/2017

per person$0.00
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery
dagala thousand lake trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek 12/22/2016 - 12/31/2017

per person$2400.00
  • Stay in a boutique range of luxurious resorts and lodges offering every modern comfort.
  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Participate in a religious village ceremony and prayer flag hoisting.
drukpath trek

Drukpath Trek 12/22/2016 - 12/31/2017

per person$1800.00
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests and snow capped mountains.
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Spend time Marvelling at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
gateway to bhutan

Gateway to Bhutan 12/13/2016 - 12/31/2017

per person$0.00
  • Journey through the beautiful Himalayan foothills in Southern Bhutan.
  • Bhutan cultural tour with the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery
glimpse of bhutan

Glimpse of Bhutan 04/22/2017 - 12/31/2017

per person$0.00
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery
Haa Valley Tour

Haa Valley Tour 12/22/2016 - 12/31/2017

per person$1200.00
  • Explore the unspolit Haa Valley with its beautiful walking and biking trails.
  • Take in the sweeping views from Chele La Pass including the sacred Mt Jhomolhari.
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
jomolhari trek

Jhomolhari Trek 12/22/2016 - 12/31/2017

per person$2200.00
  • Experience fabulous views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
  • Discover Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
Journey to Bhutan

Journey to Bhutan 04/22/2017 - 12/31/2017

per person$0.00
  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
  • Journey to the rugged, remote and seldom visited Eastern Districts.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Visit ancient palaces and museums featuring historical memorabilia of Bhutan’s Royal Family.