A tiny hidden country located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and with a border to the south, east and west by India and to the north by China is famous for its “gross National happiness”. A country of predominantly Buddhist principles and beliefs, Bhutan is no ordinary place as it holds many surprises for the visitors. Here you will find no traffic signals, monasteries are part of mainstream, rice is red, chillies are not seasoning but the vegetables and penis art at the entrance of many houses. But don’t suspect it to be bizarre and shocking, as people are well educated, sensitive for environment and follow very charming and fun loving lifestyle.
A country of mystery and magic with diverse topography, stunning natural scenery, pristine environment, amazing valleys with praying flags, ancient monasteries and Dzongs ( fortesses) and Buddhist festivals, it is world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom.
Experiencing the true BhutanYour arrival to the small airport of Paro is the beginning of new exploration of the untouched corner of the Himalaya. The tradition of respect and reverence for nature and religion is admirable and you would love to see this in their education system which is designed to preserve it. The company of locals gives you more deeper understanding of how beautifully they are sustaining their growth with an unique outlook towards the life. The educated Bhutanese certainly impress you with their quality of English speaking skills.
The Tiger's Nest monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang, is most prominent Buddhist sacred site and a wonderful experience to visit. Little tough to climb the cliff for few, but worth taking pain, where you can imagine earth meeting heaven.
Another highlight of Bhutan trip is the visit to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. A very small city and socially much more smaller, where you will surely meet the same people in an evening dinner to whom you saw in the daytime. Here life goes very slow, people are amazingly content and happy with what they have.
Take a pause: Life in the monasteriesThe monks in the monasteries are welcoming and can talk to you on various subjects of philosophy. They are well travelled, knowledgable and some like The Bhutanese monk, Khyentse Norbuand is famous for his movie "The Cup" about several monks who become addicted to watching the World Cup on television.