There are trips, retreats and vacations—and then there are adventures. Adventures are the experiences that can’t quite be put into words, despite your best efforts. They bring on a series of transcendent moments—you are open and observant, while simultaneously humble and grateful—you are your best self when on an adventure. Read More
Visit Bhutan 2015 is one of the largest Tourism carnivals in the world. This invites all the tourists to experience authentic celebration of various events. Bhutan has declared 2015 as a ‘Visit Bhutan Year’ to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck the beloved 4th King. A figure loved and revered by all Bhutanese, it is an occasion where the country come together to celebrate 60 years of a life spent in the service of the nation and its people. Many exciting events and fascinating festivals will take place in celebration throughout the country in 2015. There has never been a better time to see, feel and experience Bhutan. Here is a quick rundown of the events that will take place throughout the year: Read More
Festivals have a special place in the hearts of the Bhutanese people to such an extent that the Bhutanese culture itself is closely characterized by its religious celebrations. On this trip you will participate in the most interesting Paro (Tsechu) festival and also will be exploring the renowned landmarks of Bhutan like Dzongs, monasteries spread throughout the nation. This short trip also takes you short hiking to some of the magnificent trekking places of the Bhutan including the most beautiful tiger’s Nest monastery, which stands as the epitome of the wealthy Bhutanese culture. Read More
The country that invented the quotient of Gross National Happiness wants you to experience its beguiling charms, but only on its terms. Closed off from the world for decades, Bhutan has only allowed tourism since 1974. Those willing to go the extra mile to come here are rewarded with a traditional Buddhist society that has also embraced modern conveniences. Visit the Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), perched on a perilous cliff, or the Jigme Dorji National Park to see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal, which resembles a goat crossed with a horse. Only two airlines are allowed to fly here, so the country remains difficult to reach, although that exclusivity is part of its allure. Completely independent travel to Bhutan is not allowed. You must have a guide and go on a government-approved itinerary. There’s also a minimum cost of $200 to $250 per day if you stay in the country’s most basic three-star hotels. Happily, this price includes your guide, meals, and transportation (except flights). Spring and fall are optimum times to visit for lush greenery and popular regional festivals. Read More
Until recently, the tiny Asian kingdom of Bhutan remained tucked away in total isolation from the rest of the world. That segregation helped to preserve its deep Buddhist traditions, importance of the family and pristine landscapes. It’s also made it a fascinating country to study. Here are a few facts you may find interesting about this mysterious Kingdom in the Himalayas:
1. The United Nations recognized Bhutan as a country only in 1974.
2. The word “Bhutan” translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” It earned the nickname because of the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.
3. Bhutan is the first country in the world with specific constitutional obligations on its people to protect the environment. Among its requirements: At least 60 percent of the nation must remain under forest cover at all times making it the world’s only ‘Carbon Sink’, that is; it absorbs more Carbondioxide (CO2) than it gives out.
4. Rather than using the GDP as an economic index, Bhutan measures its overall “health” through the four pillars: sustainable development, environmental protection, cultural preservation, and good governance, which together form the Gross National Happiness or GNH. Read More
A truly authentic experience:
Bhutan is a place that reminds us of the true meaning of cultural authenticity. Tourism got here less than four decades ago. The hermit kingdom has preserved its rich cultural identity throughout years of isolation. On the streets, traditional dress remains the preferred attire and local languages Dzongka and Sharchop can be heard. Native Dzongka-style architectural features still grace every building and Buddhism colors just about every aspect of life. Read More
Trekking in Bhutan reveals a spectacular, unspoilt country steeped in ancient traditions – and with a ‘history’ that is as tall as the Himalayas. The notion that Bhutan is a fairytale, mystical kingdom unchanged by and isolated from the modern world, stands true till date. Apart from the spectacular cultural tours of the spectacular dzongs, monasteries, temples and festivals, the best way to escape and experience more of the real Bhutan is on a trek. Explore what truly sets Bhutan apart from anywhere else and discover one of the most remote kingdoms on earth with us. Let us give you a selection of some of the country’s finest treks: Read More
Nepal offers some of the finest biking trails on earth with virtually millions of track under its belt. The best way to see Nepal, it has long been said, is to walk. However, mountain biking is a remarkable alternative that offers a wealth of exotic places, varied landscape, rich flora-fauna and timeless cultures. Peddle through some of the hidden trails and experience Nepal like never before. There are myriads of adventures on offer, from village day rides in the Kathmandu Valley to challenging mountain trails that take you through some of the remotest corners of the country. Read More