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Bhutan

The land of the Thunder Dragon

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Find true happiness in the land of the Thunder Dragon!

Bhutan has developed a rich and distinctive culture over the ages, with majority of the population practicing Buddhism.The country is home to several palaces, temples, monasteries and Chortens as well as Dzongs. In addition, Bhutan is also famous for its wall paintings, thangkas and statues. Must do - The Tiger's Nest trek!

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A Spiritual Sojourn

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Paro Taktsang Monastery

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20th Feb 18

A sense of Serenity

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Tango Buddhist Institute

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19th Feb 18

Awesome View

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Buddha Dordenma

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19th Feb 18

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Reasons to go to Bhutan

1Happiness, happiness & more happiness!!!
Happiness, happiness & more happiness!!!

His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, conceived Gross National Happiness that measures, well, happiness among the citizens! The concept has a fairly strong backing in the Buddhist philosophy of having a holistic approach toward life and is the perfect example of how Buddhist philosophy has endured through regenerating itself. Cordiality aside, happy faces beseech you to visit the land of serenity!

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2Land of the Thunder Dragon
Land of the Thunder Dragon

Now that we’re talking sobriquets, Bhutan and its recurring images of the thunder dragon cannot be ignored. The dragon, symbolizing wealth in some cases and power in other, is difficult to miss while in Bhutan, rooted as it is in the millennia-old history of the ancient land. In fact, Bhutanese leaders are also called Druk Gyalpo, which literally translates to Thunder Dragon Kings!

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3Mesmerizing peaks
Mesmerizing peaks

Bhutan does specialise in offering one thing you won’t get elsewhere- absolute peace. We’re talking one hundred percent laid back and stress busting peace. The Himalayas make for a stunning backdrop, the kind you’d see in Bollywood films - one that you can’t read about, only experience!

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4A fascinating culture
A fascinating culture

Dragons, monks, monasteries and some lip smacking rice curries, there’s something about the richness of Bhutanese culture that has allowed it to preserve itself through centuries. While the view is enough to satiate an urbane traveller, do try and engage with locals to experience the exclusivity of Bhutanese culture. 


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5The land of Thunder Dragon
The land of Thunder Dragon

Hiking to Tiger's nest and enjoy the panoramic view of the valley, try river rafting in Punakha. Take your taste for a spin with Bhutanese cuisines. Do not forget to visit monasteries like Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Trongsa monastery.

“Bhutan is not a destination, it is an experience, a happiness that stays with you long after you have visited the place like the faint smell of Jasmine lingering in the air in the evenings! Bhutan is famous for its Tiger nest monastery in Paro. Only a few parts of the country are open to tourists. Paro, Punakha, Thimphu are the major tourist cities.  shares HolidayIQ reviewer Nivi Selvaraj.

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Reviews (44)

"Every place we stepped into; gave us back something unexplainable. Sometimes it was the architectural magnificence, sometimes it was the delicious local cuisine and a lot of times it was the warm hospitality from the locals."

Swapnil Bhandarkar

Swapnil Bhandarkar4.3/5

6 reviews

An out of the world experience - just next door!

Bhutan is like that green, lush garden in your neighbourhood that is so easily accessible and yet you rarely go there and instead prefer to go to the nearest multiplex or mall to spend your weekends. Then one day you just happen to go to the garden and ask yourself why you go there earlier to sit in the lap of nature, but instead wasted all that time chasing the artificial monuments (at an inflated price that is) One of the more often missed countries while planning budget travels, this tiny neighbour of India has everything. From mountains to rivers, from polite and smiling people to tech-savvy monks, from momos to parathas, this country has it all to make to make your trip the most memorable one. And of course, the people. The people are always smiling, always polite and soft-spoken. No wonder Bhutan is called the happiest country in the world. Another thing that separates Bhutan from India's other northeastern tourist destinations (read Gangtok) is that the government of Bhutan has not commercialized the tourism. The way our tourist spots are overflowing with tourists and the related problems they bring with it, are not to be found in Bhutan anywhere. As a result, all the tourist spots in Bhutan are spanking clean, despite the increased tourist influx in the recent years. We went to Bhutan in March-2017 and spent a lovely 10-11 days in the Tourism triangle - Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. Normally you don't need more than 7 days to cover all these places, but we wanted to cover a few more places such as the Phobjikha Valley and Chele La Pass/Haa Valley but due to weather not permitting.

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Ashwin Shah

Ashwin Shah4.3/5

6 reviews

Trip to Bhutan .

V visited Bhutan for 7nights / 8days in May - June this year . Booking through Nature's Wings - Kolkata . Amazing Beauty . Wonderful location . Serene surrounding . Very Co operative people . Good Hotels at reasonable price . Tasty food. Chalala pass ., Haa Valley, Paro, Punakha, Thimpu . The place visited by us . V got Rejuvenated & enjoyed . Really worth . What a lovely & peaceful place to go . Also for younger generation, there are many adventures . Hiking, River Rafting, Mountaineering . Very good atmosphere . The people are really joyous & one can see Satisfaction on everyone's face . Also Mr. Saha of Nature's wings chalked out very good iternery for us. Best of all Was Dhumra Farm Resort at Punakha . The owner also very nice . It wasn't truly memorable stay .

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Bhutan Overview

Bhutan, also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a landlocked country encompassing an area of 46,500 sq km. The country is situated in the eastern Himalayas and is mostly mountainous and forested. With a 1,075 km long border, Bhutan shares 470 km of its border with Tibet to the north and the northwest. Moreover, it also shares 605 km of its border with Indian states. West Bengal lies to the southwest, Sikkim to the west, Assam to the south and southeast, and Arunachal Pradesh to the east.

According to legend, the country is believed to have derived its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Bhotant’ which means ‘the end of Tibet’ or from the word ‘Bhu-uttan’ meaning ‘high land’. The history of Bhutan dates back to 450 AD and the country has never been ruled or conquered by any foreign power.

It is believed that Guru Rinpoche brought Mahayana Buddhism to the country from Tibet during the 8th century. Bhutan first became a political entity around 17th century under the leadership of Tibetan Lamas. They are the ones who defined the political and administrative structure of the country.

The control of foreign affairs was taken over by the British Government in 1910, along with an agreement that they will not interfere in the internal ruling of the country. In the year 1947 and 1949, it was agreed that the government of India will advise Bhutan on matters of external relations.

Bhutan has developed a rich and distinctive culture over the ages, with majority of the population practicing Buddhism. Most prevalent in the southern regions of the country, Hinduism is the second dominant religion. The country is also known as The Last Shangri-La because of its unspoilt natural environment and cultural heritage.

Different ethnic groups such as Sharshokpas, Ngalops and Droyaps speak different languages and follow distinct traditions; for instance Dzongkha or Bhutanese is the language of Ngalop. Other languages spoken in the country are chhokey, Sharchopkha, Bumthangkha and Nepali, among others.

Besides culture and tradition, Bhutan is also known for its architecture. The country is home to several palaces, temples, monasteries and Chortens as well as Dzongs. In addition, Bhutan is also famous for its wall paintings, thangkhas and statues.

Archery, which is also the national sport of Bhutan, has been one of the major activities enjoyed by tourists. Using bamboo bows, a team of archers shoot at targets which are 30 centimetres in diameter from a distance of 120 metres.

The best time to explore this beautiful country is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Not only is the weather mild and pleasant, but also major festival takes place during these seasons.

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Transit time: 3 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 5,000 per person

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