Bhutan lies at the eastern edge of the Himalayan chain that extends to Burma. This country, known as the Dragon Kingdom, is still wrapped in mysticism. Bhutan is a mythical land. Buddhism is an important part of their culture. The people of Bhutan practice the Mahayana Buddhist tradition in its tantric form. Actually, Bhutan was chosen to safeguard Buddhism when Tibet was in turmoil. According to legend, the famous sage Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. He brought it to save the religion from extinction.
The magnificent mountain range rises to 7,000 meters in the north. There are dense forests in the south. It is the only carbon-negative country in the world. The country is able to absorb the amount of carbon that is emitted. The population is sparse. It is like Shangri-la, as described by the British author James Hilton in his novel “Lost Horizon.” The trails are clean and unspoiled, and the wilderness is pristine. The spiritual environment in the monasteries is awesome. Bhutan measures its national development in GNH (Gross National Happiness). It is the only country to measure in GNH instead of GDP. It believes in the collective happiness and well-being of its people.
Their tradition is very unique. In Bhutan, they celebrate festivals throughout the year. The festivals are in the major hubs like Paro, Thimpu, and Gangtey-Phobjikha Valley. The festivals are more spiritual than cultural. A day trip by land cruiser to Bhumtang and Punakaha (1350m) is an incredible experience. You get to see cultural and religious life in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, and Paro. While in Paro, take time to climb to the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery. It appears to have been carved out of a vertical granite cliff. The picture of Tiger’s Nest is a landmark in Bhutan.
One of the best treks we have is a trek to the base camp (4150 m) of Mt. Chomolari (7316m) to see the great view of the Himalaya and surrounding mountains. There, you visit mountain pastures, meet nomad yak herders, and see their stone houses. You get to see musk deer and blue sheep. The other popular trek is the Druk Path Trek. It is a short 6-day trek from Paro to Thimpu. The view of the eastern Himalayan range is spectacular. It is amid an alpine lake, rhododendron, and pine forest.
Some of the best holidays we have in Bhutan (link to respective activity)
• Trekking – Chomolari Trek (15 day tour – 9 day trek)
• Short Trek – Druk Path Trek (11 day tour – 6 day trek)
• Tours – Bhutan Tour ( 6 day)
• Culture – Bhutan Cultural Tour (8 day)