Bhutan is a country of mystery. Travelers often struggle to decode the Himalayan Kingdom with a simple walk-in. Its religion, life, simplicity, natural resource and people are intertwined so closely together that a requirement of simultaneous knowledge of each of the factors becomes necessary. Reading books, especially written by previous travelers and locals, proves very useful for those who wish to engulf it all at once.
The three-day niche event has brought together tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism to discuss the creation of new opportunities
– SANGAM PRASAIN
THIMPHU, BHUTAN, FEB 06 – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2015 kicked off here on Thursday with around 14 Nepali tour operators and hotels participating in the event.
The three-day niche event aims to promote responsible development of tourism in the Asia Pacific region. It has brought together tourism professionals involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism to discuss the creation of new opportunities to promote environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry under the theme Explore Beyond Tourism—Celebrate Happiness.
Unravel the mystery that surrounds the Himalayan nations of South Asia as we take you through Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet all in one visit. This bespoke journey features some of our favorite spots in the former Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, Tibet: the Roof of the World and Bhutan: the land of the thunder dragon. Begin your adventure in Bhutan and experience the vibrant culture, natural landscape, exquisite heritage and exotic cities this mystical kingdom has to offer. Explore the major Bhutanese townships of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, hike the incredible Tiger’s Nest monastery and pay your respect to some of the ancient temples and dzongs while in here.
Bhutan is a unique country both culturally and environmentally. Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called “The Last Shangri-La“.
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.
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.