Kuzuzangpo la !
An Oasis of Calm
Geography & Climate
To discover Bhutan on a map, trace the foothills of the Himalayas, look to the south of the People’s Republic of China and the north of India. In the far northern reaches of the land, mountain peaks are almost perpetually covered in snow. Central Bhutan has warm summers and cool, dry winters. Travel southwards and you’ll find that the climate becomes sub- tropical. The difference of altitude in the many parts of Bhutan makes it a country of changing climes.
Four seasons descend on Bhutan; the Indian summer monsoon from July to August; March, April and May ring in the spring season with showers through July and August; Autumn follows, with sunny days and chances of light snowfall between October to November. Winter sets in thereafter. Thunder, tempestuous gales and snowfall is not uncommon at higher altitudes. In fact, that is where Bhutan gets its name from.
Steeped in Customs & Traditions
Warrior and sages have peopled this land where you may still expect to find fierce mountain folk, tenacious farmers, skilled artisans, monks and nobles among ordinary individuals – all of them mild mannered and congenial. Even as they approach a modern way of life, a certain grace sets them apart. They consciously conduct themselves by the driglam namzha, a code of etiquette laid down years ago.
Bhutanese people are gentle and strong of character. Their pleasant disposition and sociable nature is a marked reflection of their cultural distinction.
Colored in Song Dance Art & Craft
Traditions & Festivals
Celebrations in Bhutan are nothing short of spectacular.
The religious festivals are known as tsechus, which translate to mean ‘the tenth day’. These festivities are especially significant owing to their association with Guru Rinpoche, a historically prominent figure responsible for introducing Buddhist ideologies to the region.
Tsechus are grand occasions observed annually on the tenth day of a month according to the lunar calendar, coinciding with the birth of the Guru. Every calendar year one tsechu is observed at every temple and dzong in the country. Communities congregate to seek blessings, watch enthralling masked dances known as chams and participate in the rituals and the revelry. It is a widely held belief that sins can be atoned by witnessing the colorful masked dance at least once in a lifetime.
Exquisite Flavors of the Land
Foods & Flavors
Chilies for the chills for the thrills, if you like and cheese to please, that’s what you have for starters. These also happen to be the key ingredients of Bhutanese cuisine along with fresh grown herbs, lots of garlic, rice and a variety of meats and greens. Competing with the momos are hoentay, buckwheat dumplings from Haa valley, a bowl of puta is healthy competition for the less nutritious but more popular noodles, and kewa datshi – potato cooked in cheese is preferable over french fries.
As for beverages and libations, Bhutan proves to be a singular experience with salted tea for instance, made with mistletoe leaves and yak butter. If you feel a little more adventurous, try the intoxicating Ara, served with an egg and butter to make it wholesome.
Basking in the Glory of Nature
Nature & Environment Twice blessed, Bhutan boasts an ecosystem that is not only home to an enviable variety of plant and animal species but also to citizens who have pledged to protect the environment in times to come. The government is committed to propagating a sustainable way of life closer to nature. Killing animals or damaging the environment in any way is prohibited by law. It also stipulates that sixty percent of the land must always remain under forest cover. Environmental conservation is central to developmental plans for the future.
An estimated, eighty percent of the total land area is under forest cover. Exquisite flowers bloom here, snow leopards, tigers and elephants roam free through acres of protected areas and rare birds like the black neck cranes can be spotted in winter.
Last Mile to Mindfulness & Well being
Spirituality & Religion By constitutionally accepting Buddhism as the official religion of the state and for long standing traditions being practiced by a majority of its populace, Bhutan is largely recognized world over as a Buddhist nation.
As a realm where traditional therapies lost on an industrial generation still exist, where the mind, body and soul can be revived to a state of harmony, and where a higher quotient of happiness or fulfillment can be attained, Bhutan is steadily revealing itself as country that subscribes more to the essence of all religion – spirituality.
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Glimpses of Bhutan
A world away from the familiar bustle, in this haven you will find time slows down for you to indulge lavishly in the extravagance of simple things that bring joy.
Best of both worlds come together in Thimphu, the capital city, home to the royal family, the political and economic power center and the capital of Bhutan. An old world charm is manifest on streets where traffic signals are inconspicuous, on ornately embellished shingled rooftops, quaint horzhing windows and other architectural structures built with stone or wood,maybe but tethered by tradition, definitely. Inspired by the modern world, Thimphu offers the traveler an eclectic selection of hotels, restaurants and cafes to dine at, ATM facilities, internet cafes, shops, bars and a few nightclubs too.
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Pack for a Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families. Please click here to see supplies needed for on-going project(s). We support the Eutok Samdrupcholing Goenpa monastic school which, houses 65 boys with age 5 through 25 years old. We support the school by supporting infrastructure improvements, donating outdoor lighting for the temple and helping with other general school supply needs.