Venture to an exotic and tranquil Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas

September 17, 2014

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

15 Interesting Facts about Bhutan you may not know!

August 1, 2014

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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

Why should you travel to Bhutan? Here is our top 10

July 7, 2014

A truly authentic experience:

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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: A blissful Getaway

June 27, 2014

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

Biking odyssey

May 20, 2014

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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

Bhutan Sightseeing, Trekking and Biking Tour- 12 days

May 5, 2014

For an invigorating experience of the last Shangri-La on earth, Bhutan Sightseeing, Trekking and Biking Tour is the ultimate getaway for you where you can hike, trek and cycle through the incredible land of Bhutan. This tour takes you through the cultural nerve-centers of Paro, Thimpu, Wangdue, Punakha to Trongsa including the widest valley of Bumthang. You will also visit some of the notable attractions of Bhutan such as the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Jele Dzong (fortress), Tashichho Dzong to name few. This trip allows you to thrive in the pristine natural beauty, rich culture and ancient history of Bhutan the best possible way taking you through icy glaciers, lush forests and stunning passes offering you surreal views of the Himalayas.

Not only you get an opportunity to immerse in the ancient history and vibrant culture that surrounds Bhutan but also enjoy exhilarating treks to Jele Dzong, Jangchulakha and Tsaluna. Your adventure does not just end here as thrilling cycling experience around Punakha, Trongsa, Jakar and Bumthang awaits you. Behold the breathtaking Himalayan panorama, spiritual temples, exotic villages and rural lifestyle in Bhutan the best possible way with us! Our Bhutan Sightseeing, Trekking and Biking Tour has it all for you. Please click the following link for further information.

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7 reasons to go on ‘Druk Path Trek with Cultural Tour’

May 5, 2014

Rich cultural history and stunning landscape

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This last Shangri-La on earth is a sacred land with deeply spiritual people. You witness the sheer cultural and natural brilliance of this country as you submerge in the rich culture, ancient history, century old traditions warily and diverse natural landscape warily secured within this mystical kingdom. This trip not only takes you through a spiritual journey but also allows you to delve in unparalleled natural marvels which include blue pine forests, high ridges, black mountain ranges and pristine lakes.

Surreal monasteries

Tiger’s Nest

Tiger’s Nest

Standing tall at 3,180 meters, Taktsang monastery is precariously perched atop a cliff face which gives it a surreal look. Surrounded by breathtaking panoramas, you can feel peace and tranquility enclosing you as you ascend the glorious Taktsang monastery, popularly known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’. You also visit Druk Wangyal Monastery which is popular for its elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works.

Druk Path Trek: Known as Bhutan’s finest short trek route, this scenic trek across the mountains separating Paro and Thimphu passes through blue-pine forests, alpine lake, and dwarf rhododendrons forests. While at the same time, the trek offers the opportunity to visit some of the ancient lhakhangs (temples), dzongs (fortresses) and villages. Read more

The Bhutan Trips: 2014

January 21, 2014

Behold the glory of admiring Himalayas, timeless cultures, diverse flora and fauna scattered throughout Bhutan. Step into the world of true spirit of Bhutanese culture and countryside. Wedged between two Asian giants – India and China, Bhutan is blessed by nature with a diverse topography and rich culture in the Himalayas. Bhutanese call their country the Druk Yul and follow their own trademark of Mahayana Buddhism with exotic monasteries and lifestyle. Join with us throughout 2014 to explore the hidden treasures of Bhutan. Our trips in Bhutan explore the famous cultural routes to off-the-beaten trails that traverse through remote Bhutanese Himalayas.

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Bhutan

  • Bhutan Insight tour, one of the best escapes in the Himalayas, gives you cultural and natural exposure to Bhutan’s rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys. You travel around the monasteries, dzongs, temples, chortens and museums of Bhutan during this tour. Besides observing the unique Bhutanese culture, you will also experience the various breathtaking views of Himalayas. The Paro Valley, capital Thimphu and the central Bhutan are the major attractions of this trip. To the most the trip hikes to Taktsang Monastery – Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at a height of above 3120 m. Similarly, strolling through the traditional market places, observing Bhutanese handicrafts and household items, discovering unique religious festivals and gaining firsthand experience of proud Bhutanese people enhance you to intermingle with nature, religion, language and culture of Bhutan.
  • Bhutan Tour with Paro Festival and Hikes, the top trip of Bhutan for festive experience, combines Bhutan’s cultural and natural grandeur. The trip commencing from the scenic Paro Valley covers numerous cultural rich towns of Bhutan and some of them are Punakha, Gangtey, and Thimphu.  To the most the trip takes you to the site of Tiger’s Nest Monastery-Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3120 m. Then the Paro Festival is one of the major highlights of this tour. During the journey, you enjoy breath-taking view of the Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan.
  • Bhutan Cultural Tour, an excellent escape for capturing the real color of Bhutan, introduces you to the imposing Dzongs, or temple fortresses, that are intrinsic to Bhutanese cultural way of life. You begin this cultural tour from undoubtedly the most beautiful valley in Bhutan, Paro. The masterpieces of Paro like Tiger’s Nest Monastery, 8th century Kichu Monastery, and the national museum will be the prime attractions of this tour. In addition to this, following north along the Thimphu river, you will arrive Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan which is a assortment of traditional and modern culture. After making excursion of Thimphu, you drive to Punakha valley across picturesque Dochula Pass (3150m) for great views of Himalayan ranges. Beyond exploring Punakha valley, you walk for the Dzong- the famous fertility temple in the region.
  • Glimpses of Bhutan Tour encompasses the western Bhutan’s ‘must see’ highlights. The state of Bhutan offers a mesmerizing and unspoiled cultural and natural grandeur. The tour begins in the scenic Paro Valley with a hike to the famous Tiger`s Nest monastery. After visiting Thimphu, a unique capital city that has a blend of traditional and modern touch, you drive across the picturesque Dochu La Pass into the subtropical valleys of Punakha and Wangdue. You too visit around the ancient capital of Bhutan, a medieval Dzong of Wangdue and return to Paro. During the journey, you experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan.
  • Bhutan Tour with Trekking includes cultural tours to important Bhutan towns, day hikes to the monasteries and trekking along a soothingly calm Himalayan trail. The tour begins in the scenic Paro Valley with a hike to the famous Taktsang monastery. Then, you trek for the next few days. After visiting Thimphu, a unique capital city that has a blend of traditional and modern touch, you drive across the picturesque Dochu La Pass into the subtropical valleys of Punakha.  En route you can relish the startling views of Jichu Drake (6,989m) and Tshrim Khang (6,789m), among others. Throughout this trip you can traverse through rugged mountain terrains and also make a journey into the mystical Buddhist cultural towns.
  • Bhutan Tour, one of the top trips of Bhutan, is a special tour to the living masterpiece of ecological conservation of the world today in which you will be introduced to the mystical and unspoiled cultural and natural grandeur of Bhutan. Filled with rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys from subtropical plains in the south through temperate zone to the sub-alpine Himalayas exceeding 7,000 meters, Bhutan is sandwiched between Tibet and India. Along with exploring the rich coniferous forests, glacial lakes, beautiful passes, and amazing views of snow-capped mountains, this tour traverses through various Dzongs, monastic sites and religious landmarks of Bhutan.