If there is a Shangri-La, then that is here, in the lap of the Himalayas, inhabited by the happiest people on earth. The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan is a magical land of mysticism and mystery. A country that believes in Low volume High impact tourism, Bhutan certainly lives up to its reputation for blending modernity and tradition seamlessly. There is much to see, do and learn here - from the giant phalluses painted on every door to the colorful locals clad in traditional threads, outrageous archery competitions to spectacular dance festivals, snow-capped stunning Buddhist gompas to vibrant town and the snow-capped Himalayas to the burgeoning virgin forests, Bhutan captivates and enchants its visitors.
“Whenever anyone asks me what Bhutan is like, I find the best way to describe it is like Narnia: it is so remote and unlike anywhere else on Earth that I’ve visited. And then I implore them to visit before it is too late before it all inevitably changes.”
– Margot Ragette, Wildlife photographer
Most who book a trip to Bhutan book cultural tours, but if you want to explore traditional Bhutan and Bhutanese way of life, look further, towards the higher plains. This Himalayan kingdom is exquisitely beautiful and painstakingly preserved by its rulers, to ensure that no untoward influences from the outside would threaten their traditional way of life, that nature which has been plentiful in her gifts to the kingdom would be regarded with utmost respect and deference. As a result of a law that commits to preserving 60% of the country as forested land, Bhutan’s virgin forests are rich in bio-diversity, flora, and fauna. The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, peek over the shadowy gorges and valleys in hushed silence, gentle and majestic. To escape the tourist traps, head over to the hills on a trek through Bhutan’s ancient villages, living museums of the nation’s history.
“Gaping beauty that only seemed to get more transcendent the farther I went. I'd think I'd seen it all, couldn't possibly take in any more, only to climb the next hilltop, turn round the next bend, and see something even more spectacular, more dizzying to the senses.”
– ‘Trekking Bhutan’s higher plains,’ National Geographic
“… the best way to escape and experience more of the real Bhutan is on a trek.” – The Guardian
Discover the best of Bhutan via an exclusive travel itinerary that captures the essence of the country and executes it in style. From a helicopter tour of Chomolhari Base Camp to a spot of golfing in Thimpu, explore the gems of this Himalayan nation in the lap of luxury.
Tsechus are religious festivals celebrated annually by the different districts of Bhutan and held in various temples and monasteries on the tenth day of the month of a lunar calendar, to commemorate Guru Rimpoche. Tsechu meaning ‘tenth day’ is an important religious event, where entire communities come together to witness masked sacred dances, receive blessings and socialize. The masked dances tell the story of the life of Guru Rimpoche and ancient legends. Each district brings a distinct flavor to their Tsechu, with performances, rituals, ceremonies, varying from place to place. Festival tours are the no. One attraction for tourists, with Paro and Thimphu festival being the most popular regarding sheer no. of attendance.
Nominated in the category "Best in Mountain Environment" on "Virgin Holidays, Responsible Tourism Awards 2010, 2011."