Bhutan, the Land of the Dragon King, is calling!
Best time to visit Bhutan
March to May and September to November are the best times to visit Bhutan.
Did you know?
- Bhutan is a beautiful, tiny country at the end of the eastern Himalayas, sandwiched between India and China, located at a high altitude.
- Bod means Tibet. In Sanskrit, Bhutan or Bhota-anta means “The End of Tibet”.
- It was the southern extreme point of the Tibetan plateau and culture.
- Dru Ü or Druk Yul or The Kingdom of Bhutan or the country of the Dragon people or of the Drukpa lineage or the Land of the Thunder Dragon are the other names of Bhutan.
- It is known as the “Land of Thunder Dragons” because of violent storms.
- The Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) is the head of the state.
- The currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum or the Nu and it’s value is fixed to the Indian Rupee.
- The first of the foreign tourists were allowed to enter Bhutan only in 1974.
- Bhutan was never colonized.
- Thimphu is the largest city and capital of Bhutan. There is only one traffic light in Thimphu.
- The national language is Bhutanese (Dzongkha) and nthe script is called Chhokey (Dharma language).
- The national dress for Bhutanese men is the gho and the ankle length dress called the kira is worn by women.
- Archery and darts are the national sports of Bhutan.
- Buddhism is the official religion of Bhutan, which is sponsored by the state.
- Bhutan’s national animal is called Takin, which is a goat-cow like antelope.
- Ema Datshi, is one of the most popular dishes in Bhutan.
- Chilly is found in every meal.
- Gangkhar Puensum is the highest moutain in Bhutan, located at 24,840 feet which remains unconquered till date.
- Punakha was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
- No one ever forgets birthdays in Bhutan, as all the people of Bhutan officially grow a year older on New Year’s Day.
- Bhutan’s barometer for measuring its economic growth is based on Buddhist cultural and spiritual values and is measured by the Gross National Happiness or GNH. This term was coined in 1972 by Bhutan’s fourth Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The main aspects of GNH are
- Sustainable growth,
- Cultural values,
- Natural environment, and
- Good governance.
- The internet was a gift to his people, from King Jigme Singye to celebrate his 25th year of reign, in 2000.
- 70% of the country is covered in forest.
- There is constitutional obligation on Bhutan’s people, to keep at least 60 percent of the nation under forest cover at all times. This makes it the first country to do so.
- Plastic bags have been banned in Bhutan.
- Smoking has been banned in Bhutan in public.
- Sale of tobacco has been outlawed since 2004.
- The government provides for free education and healthcare.
- The temples and the Dzongs are maintained by the government.
- Schools are run to teach artists, the painting and carving techniques for these temples and Dzongs.
- The Bhutanese paint phalluses on the walls of their houses. This is a symbol of fertility and good luck.
- Polygamy and Polyandry are legal in Bhutan.
- Songstan Gampo, the Tibetan King had 2 monasteries built in Bhutan – one in Bumthang and one in Kyichu (near Paro).
- One of the famous monastery is the Takstang Palphug Monastery or the Tiger’s nest and is located on a cliff in the upper Paro valley. It is a beautiful day long trek, to and fro.
- The Tshechus or the festivals in Bhutan usually take place for 3-5 days and are held in the honor of Guru Rimpoche or Guru Padmasambhava. He was the founding saint of Buddhism in Bhutan. Masked dances and dance dramas are common at the festivals.
Dates for upcoming Festivals in Bhutan for 2016
Paro Tshechu will take place in Paro, from the 19th March 2016 to the 23rd March 2016.
Gasa Tshechu will take place in Gasa. from 14th March 2016 to the 18th March 2016.
Rhodeodendron Festival will take place at the Lamperi Botanical Garden in Dochula, Thimpu, from 18th April 2016 to the 20th April 2016.
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