Bounded by China in the North and India in the South, Bhutan is a small Buddhist kingdom. Lying in the laps of the Himalayas. It is a hilly and mountainous country. It's altitude ranging from as low as about 300 meters to mountains of over 7,000 meters. Topography ranges from subtropical to Alpine. It is the only country in the world having its goal of achieving the Gross National Happiness (GNH).
Buddhism in Bhutan was started around the 7th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava has profound it. Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest Monastery was built by Guru Rinpoche. Here he spent years meditating. Two Buddhist schools of Drukpa Kagyupa and Nyingmapa influence Bhutanese life.
Bhutan’s rich history, culture, and arts. These are reflected in the well-preserved, dzongs (fortresses), monasteries, temples, and handicrafts. Bhutanese people are adept at a different artistic thing. Such as Embroidery, weaving, thangka painting, woodwork, stonework, sculpting, bamboo work.
The Country is still covered in the forest that is both pristine and primary. Consequently, endangered species such as Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Royal Bengal Tiger, Golden Langur, and Takin are found in Bhutan. Bhutan has over 770 bird species and 3,281 plant species.
Insights of Bhutan
The country observes festivals throughout the year in all the districts of Bhutan. Festivals here are lively and vibrant. Showcasing the rich culture and history is what Bhutan is proud of. One of the most popular festivals of Bhutan is Tsechu festival. People have a belief that attending the festival helps one gains merit .
Other major festivals include the Punakha festival, Lhakhang Drup festival, and Trashigang Festival. These are held in Trashingang Monastery. Tourists can opt activities like Rafting, Kayaking fishing birding pilgrimage tour, meditation packages while in here.
Every year Only 1000 tourists are allowed in here. Hence, help to reduce the impact of tourism and modernization on its rich culture and nature. A standard tariff is levied by the Bhutanese government. For every individual tourist while applying for entry into the country. Tourists have to apply for a tourist visa in advance through a tour operator. Route permits are also required to travel between various districts within Bhutan, with an exception for Paro and Thimpu.
- Bhutanese people are adept at artistic medium Embroidery, bamboo work etc.
- Bhutan is habitat for endangered species such as Red panda, Takin and so on.
- It is rich in history, culture, and arts reflecting in the well-preserved monasteries.
Places to visit
- Buddha Dordenma Statue, Thimphu
- Chele La Pass, Paro
- Rinpung Dzong, Paro