BHUTAN – A PURE BEAUTY

Bhutan is a majestic country in Asia which is bordered by China and India. Its highest point is Gangkhar Puensum at 7570 m which happens to be the highest unclimbed mountain in the country as well. The lowest point of Bhutan is Drangme Chhu at 98 m. It is a scarcely populated nation with population of around 753947. This is also one of the reasons why the country did not become the victim of much destruction. The soothing climate of the country is favorable both for humans as well as for more than 5400 species of animals and birds that currently survives in the country, out of which few are rare and the endangered species which are at the verge of extinction like the black necked crane one-horned rhino, golden langur, clouded leopard, hispid hare and many more. It is also rich or may even be the last with such bio-diversity. There are forests which produces ample medicinal plants which is used in the country and exported as well. It may be the least developed country but ranks first in economic freedom and second in per capita income. The recently turned constitutional monarchy knows no corruption therefore is the least corrupt country till date. The reigning monarch Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk believes that for a country to prosper it is necessary for the people living in it are happy and content hence the country follows the Gross National Happiness. The current Prime Minister of the country is Tshering Tobgay. Bhutan offers many adventure activities for its visitors like trekking, hiking, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Rafting and Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Hiking, Horse Riding and motor biking.

CULTURE

Bhutan has an interesting and diverse culture which is mostly derived from the Ancient Culture. There are other communities of people following other religions living here but Buddhism forms the main religion of the country. They are very religious which can be seen in the fluttering flags in the wind which they put outside their houses after offering a prayer. There are many festivals that they celebrate most famous and biggest of which is the Thimpu Tshechu Festival. Then there is Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival involving fire dance, mask dance and naked dance. Then there is Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu Festival, celebrated in Wangdue Phodrang and the most unique of all are the Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu Festival. Paro Tshechu Festival is yet another festival where most merry making is involved. The people here speak ‘Dzongkha’, but business is carried out in English only. People here are very particular about etiquettes they have ways in which they are supposed to behave, talk eat walk sit sleep and dress. It’s called ‘Driglam Namzha’, which sets rules for all of that. Bhutanese love spicy cuisine. Most of their dishes are spicy. Their staple food is red rice which is believed to have health benefits. ‘Emadatshy’ is their famous dish. Their national game is Archery, competitions are held regularly in some villages. Apart from that they are also into football and cricket.

FEW OF ITS PRIZED POSSESSIONS

Taktsang Palphug Monastery

This monastery is popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest, located on the top of the Paro valley. It showcases the valuable traditions of the country. It provides a mesmerizing view and journey up the hill is also quite pleasant one. Best time for visit would be March to May and September to November.

Dochula Pass

This beautiful spot is located on your way to Thimpu from Punakha. It has 108 beautiful Chortens. Its location high up on the hill amidst the serenity of the forest will give you a soothing experience. The best time to visit this place would be March to May and September to November.

Bumthang

This place has got such amazing beauty; it deserves to be called a tiny piece of Paradise. Nature is abundant and is blessed with wildlife. You can also walk to some holiest sites of Bhutan which lay hidden out here. Best time for visit would be March to May and September to November.

Gangtey Monastery

This is one of the largest monasteries, located on top of a hill. It is surrounded by hermits who live there itself. The environment is such peaceful; you just shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience this feeling. Best time for visit would be March to May and September to November.

Drukgyel Dzong

This is a remnant of Drukgeyl Dzong which was once a major and flourishing administrative centre but one of the most sorted trekking spots in Bhutan. It was destroyed by fire in 1951. Best time for visit is March to May and September to November.

Talo

This serene village lies wrapped up in the arms of Mother Nature. It is a treat for the nature lovers. The pretty little gardens, lovely sight of farms and slopes covered by sweet peas and corns will fill you up with happy feeling. And the enchanting beauty of the ladies of Talo is worth mentioning. The best time for visiting this place would be the months of October to December

Jigme Dorji National Park

The Park was built by the King Jigme Dorji in 1974 and is the 2nd largest park of the country. It is richly blessed with flora and fauna and houses a large number of endangered animals like snow Leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Asiatic wild dog, Red Panda etc. Best time to visit is March to October.

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