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Bhutan which is a tiny landlocked nation in East Asia is situated completely within the Himalayan range. Bhutan is a sovereign nation lying autonomously between the two nations of Republic of India in the south, southwest, and eastern region and the Peoples republic of China in the northern and north-western region. Nepal lies to
the west of Bhutan and its other close neighbours are Bangladesh and Myanmar. The country of Bhutan is also fondly called ‘The Land of Happiness’ because according to a recent survey, it was concluded that the people of Bhutan are the happiest people living on earth! And what better destination to spend your holidays with our best tour packages for Bhutan. Before we talk about Bhutan tourism, here are some interesting information about the country before you travel to Bhutan.
Bhutan is a truly vibrant, hospitable, colourful and a mesmerising country to visit. The nature, culture and the locals exhibit so much peacefulness and harmony that it reflects on the tourists and visitors too. The country of Bhutan was inhabited by its people from as early as 2000 BC as they found some stone implements which were
present in that region that time itself. Although it is a very small country with a population of just 7 Million people and the entire country spanning only about 47 thousand Square kilometres, it also one of the most profound country in terms of its rich cultural diversity and heritage. This is why there is always a strong emphasis on the preservation and promotion of the country’s unique culture. The government of Bhutan believes that protecting and nurturing the culture will help the country to safeguard its sovereignty.
The weather in Bhutan is exceptionally variable because of two factors that influence the climate which are the huge differences in altitude prevailing throughout the
country and the impact of North Indian Monsoons which makes the climate unpredictable. Winters here are between November to March and Summers are hot and humid. Hence,
the best time to visit Bhutan would be during Spring and autumn during when the climate is pleasant and the lands are dry providing good
conditions to travel around the country.
We have some of the best Bhutan tour packages for you to suit your interests,
preferences as well as budget.
An important fragment of Bhutan’s rich culture and heritage are the thirteen different traditional arts and crafts that are being practiced in the country since time
immemorial. The thirteen types of arts were officially categorized and given importance by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay who was the fourth sequential ruler of the kingdom
during his reign. Here is a brief of each of those thirteen art forms which may help; you decide what souvenirs to bring back from this wonderful country while on a
cheapest Bhutan tour packages!
Art and Craft Forms;
• Thag – Zo: Weaving textiles is widely practiced throughout the country and is also an integral part of Bhutanese culture and
• Tsha – Zo: Since the forests of Bhutan are filled with cane and bamboo trees, weaving products out of these is a mastered skill for
• Lha – Zo: Traditional Bhutanese paintings which are exemplary to the art and crafts tradition in the country.
• Do – Zo: this ancient craft of masonry is practiced even till date and is a very respectable profession in the country.
• Shing – Zo: Shing-zo is the art of carpentry which is one of the most important art forms in Bhutan as it is a major part of the
country’s grand Dzong (fortresses), temples, palaces, houses and the bridges.
• Shag – Zo: this is the art of wood turning which is the art of wood turning which is customarily practiced by the locals of
Trashiyangtse village located in Eastern Bhutan.
• Par – Zo: Is the art of carving out of wood, slate and stone which has been perfected as an art form over the generations. The wood carvings are a sort of phalluses used to wade of ‘evil eyes’. These usually attracts tourists a lot and they buy as a souvenir.
• Jim – Zo: this is an art form of making sculptures out of clay and this was the first form of sculpture making before bronze and other metal came into the picture. This art form has been passed and perfected over centuries.
• Lug – Zo: Lug-Zo is the art of casting bronze statues and other religions items such as water bowls offered to Gods and bells, etc.
• Gar – Zo: this is art of blacksmithing and iron work which came in to practice in Bhutan during the late 14th century.
• Troe – Ko: this is a popular craft in Bhutan and also of interest to tourists as it is the art of traditional jewellery and ornament making which is popular even today.
• De – Zo: the art of traditional Bhutanese Paper-making has deep roots in Bhutan. The people who make this paper are called Dezop.
• Tzhem – Zo: is the art of tailoring and is also a very popular art form amongst Bhutanese people.
List of best places to visit in Bhutan
The Dochula pass which is located along the way Thimphu towards Punakha is a popular spot amongst tourists because of the striking 360 degrees’ panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains. Make sure to visit this on a clear sky winter day to engulf in the beauty of snow-capped mountains which provide a stunning backdrop for the 108 tranquil chortens decorating the mountain pass.
• Gasa Dzong
The Gasa Dzong whose local name is Tashi Thingmon Dzong is a fortress that served as a defence barrack during the 17th century. Tashi Thongmon is the name of the
country’s protecting deity and hence this fortress [was named after this deity as a symbolic reference. The fortress is of a unique circular shaped structured with
three watch towers which are located at strategic points in the structure. Make sure to visit this also on a clear sky day to enjoy the magnificence of the Dzong along
with the view of Mt. Gangboom. the annual autumn festival happens here and hence it is suggested to time your holiday during that time to not miss a chance to
experience this festival. Check out our various Bhutan holiday Packages to know which ones have this festival listed on it!
• Laya Village
The Laya Village is a whooping three-day trek which is quite adventurous. This village is situated at 3800 metres altitude and is definitely a mesmerising visit
because of the unique culture that is prevalent. If you have chosen to go on the Grand Snowman Trek or the Snow Leopard Trek you are bound to touch upon Laya Village
too. The owlay festival which takes place every once in three years is a delightful experience. You may want to time your trip accordingly with our Bhutan tour
• Semtokha Dzong
Semtokha whose literal translations means “Atop a Demon” was named so because of the legend associated with the construction of this Dzong. Stories say that this
structure was built in order to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing the travellers who passed by that region. This Dzong is built in a distinctive style with a
watch tower which has twelve sides to it. There is also a large statue of Yeshay Gonpo which is the main protective deity of Bhutan. There are many paintings of
Buddhas, religious figures and deities all over the fortress which are painted and carved with intricate details. We have best tour packages for
Bhutan which will include such stunning attractions for you to visit.
• Taktsang Lhakhang
The Taktsang Lhakhang is one of Bhutan’s religious sites and the most iconic landmark among all the other attractions in this country. the name Taktsang means “Tigers
Nest” and this temple is one of the holiest sites in Bhutan which is situated on the edge of a cliff 900 metres above Paro Valley. This temple was built in the year
1692 at the site of a cave where Guru Rimpoche once mediated back in the 7th century. Legends and fables claim that Guru Rimpoche flew up to this cave sitting on the
back of a tigress and meditated for a period of 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours to be exact in order to wade away the evil demons which were inhabiting the
caves. Since then, the caves have been considered a holy site and many other saints who visited this cave to meditate. To reach this temple, you will have to trek for
around 2 to 3 hours but don’t worry, the trek to the temple is beautiful and shady with pine forests surrounding you. It can be said that no Bhutan
holiday Packages is complete without a trip to this noteworthy heritage site.
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