WHY VISIT BHUTAN?
Bhutan, the kingdom in the clouds, is a tiny landlocked Himalayan country in South Asia bordered by India and China.
GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS
Ever heard of a country that pins happiness at the center of its development dreams? Well, that’s Bhutan, the country that believes in Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than Gross National Product, where people don’t kiss in the public but enthusiastically hang giant protective phalluses from the eaves of their homes.
In this ancient land, steeped in myth and legend, thrives an age-old Buddhist culture, one of the last remaining examples of a Himalayan Buddhist society.
Centuries of isolation and deep regard for the natural world have ensured that its natural environment is pristine, making Bhutan a natural paradise.
BIOLOGICAL HOT SPOT
Its astonishing diversity of flora and fauna has earned it a name as one of the biological hot spots in the world. Close to 700 bird species
and 200 mammals thrive in its tropical, temperate and alpine forests that cover 72 percent of the land area.
Home to some of the highest unclimbed mountain mountain peaks
in the world Bhutan is one of the most mountainous countries in the world with elevations rising from 300 m at the southern foothills to more than 7,000 m at its northern frontiers.
NATURAL & CULTURAL BEAUTY
It is one of the last remaining examples of a Himalayan Buddhist society with an ancient culture
and a pristine natural environment that is home to an astonishing abundance of flora and fauna.
HIDDEN GEM OF THE WORLD
Bordered by India and China, the land of the thunder dragon remained in geographic isolation for centuries. Bhutan cautiously opened up to modern development in the 1960s.
Hidden for centuries from the outside world Bhutan is known by many names.
Top 3 attractions in Bhutan
1. Tiger’s Nest the icon of Bhutan
---Located around 900 meters above Paro Valley, Taktsang Monastery, the “Tiger’s Nest”
is one of the most visited hotspot tourist attractions in Bhutan
---Precariously clinging at 3120 meters above the sea level on a vertical mountain cliff, Taktsang Monastery is a wonderful and spectacular sight for foreigners visiting
---The temple is in the sacred rock, which was believed to have been blessed by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century
2. Gross National Happiness (GNH) pioneer vision by the fourth king
---The philosophy of GNH expresses the unique and holistic perception of the Bhutanese, ensuring peace and harmony
---Four Pillars of GNH encompasses all developmental activities: socio-economic development, conservation of environment, preservation and promotion of culture and good governance
---GNH provides opportunity to focus on collective happiness achievable through public policies and consultations
3. Pristine Nature and Highest Unclimbed Mountains in the Himalayas
---The giant and towering snow-capped mountains, untouched by the humans provides special scenic beauty that would remain forever as the true jewels of Bhutan
---The Mystical Forbidden Mountain of the Himalayas, though unforgiving and cold would remain unexplored shrouded in myth and magic
---As enshrined the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, more than 60 percent of the total land area will remain under forest cover for all times to come
Bhutan Bokar Activities
--Trekking – Overnight Trekking in the pristine nature
--Mountain Biking – mountain biking including a biking guide
--Cultural - Traditional & Mask Dance Performances
--Meditation – meditation with a Lama in a temple or in meditation house
--Spiritual Cleansing(Fumigation) – To experience making The Traditional Bhutanese Prayer Flag Printing
--Archery – Archery Bhutan National 140 meters target
--River – Inner Tubing, Kayaking, Rafting (8 persons/raft)
--Fly Fishing – fly fishing in river form Himalaya glacier
--Bird Watching – Bird watching with Bird Specialist
--Cooking Class in the farm house – learn Bhutanese cooking rice and ema-datsi (Chilli and cheese)
--Golfing – 9am to 5pm, closed on Monday, 9 hole golfing in capital city Thimphu
--Horse/Pony Riding – horse or pony ridding in Paro valley
--Hot Stone Bath – The Village Hot Stone Bath which is equivalent to Swiss sauna
--Khuru lessons – Khuru the dart 45meters distance with 2 small wooden target
--Archery competition – Traditional archery competition in ground with decorations
--Astrology Reading – to predict the future and learn past life
--Beer Brewery Visit – tasting beer(Red Panda) and visit brewery factory
--Butter lamp lighting – 108 butter lamps in Dzong or Monastery to gain good merit
--Blessing Rimdo ceremony – whole day auspicious ceremony to extend long life, bestows prosperity
--Blessing Thrisel Ceremony – "cleansing of spirit, mind & soul with holy water"
--Blessing – Tshewang for longevity
--Khabsay Making class in the farm house – learn to make Bhutanese cookies and biscuit
--Donating a meal to the monks – donate the meal to monks and nuns in temple or monastery
--Farmhouse Visit & Lunch – Visit Farmhouse to see the traditional living and taste traditional cuisine
--BBQ lunch or dinner – Private Riverside BBQ lunch or dinner (with archery & khuru lesson)
--BBQ lunch or dinner – Fire pit with cultural programme
--Marriage Ceremony – marriage ceremony in the temple or monastery altar
--Private Discussion – Gross National Happiness, Textile and Weaving & discussions with High Lamas (Rimpoches) regarding Buddhism
--Private Lecture – Protection of Nature, History of Bhutan, Gangtey Khenpo, The Head Lama
Note: Activities can confirm at the time of booking tour with Bhutan Bokar
Facts about Bhutan
--Currency: Ngultrum (1 Nu = 1 Indian Rupee)
--Dialing code: +975
--Time Zone: GMT +6
--Languages: Dzongkha(National Language), English and 18 local dialects
--Population: 700,000 (estimated)
--Agriculture Population: 70%
--Peak Season for Tourist: March – May & September – November
--Special Occasion: 17th December National Day of Bhutan
--Climate: Tropical in Southern Plains, Cool Winters and Hot Summers in Central Valleys, Severe Winters and Cool Summers in Himalayas.
--National Animal: Takin
--National Flower: Blue puppy
--National Bird: Raven
--National Butterfly: Ludowi Swallotail
--Food: Rice Staple Diet
--Government: Constitutional monarchy
--National Development Philosophy: Gross National Happiness
--Life Expectancy: Avg. 65 years
--Transportation: SUV Car, Mini Van, Toyta Coaster Bus
--Accommodation: 3 star hotel, 4 stars hotel, 5 stars hotels and Luxury hotels
--Culture and Religion: Buddhism
--Major Export: Hydroelectricity
--Location: Southern Asia, between China and India
--Toal Area Size: 38,394 Square Kilometer(size of Switzerland)
--Water: 0 square kilometer
--Forest Cover: 72.5%
--Agricultural Land: 13.6%
--Elevation Extremes: Lowest point is 97m(Dangmechu), Highest Point is 7564m
--Natural Resources: Timber, Hydropower, Gypsum & Calcium Carbonate
Is Bhutan a safe travel destination?
Yes, the crime rate in Bhutan is very low and people are peace-loving and generous.
When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
The most excellent time to visit Bhutan would be all the months except June, July and August.
What is not included in the Package?
Airfares, airport taxes, visa fees, excess baggage, insurance, emergency evacuation, medical and all other personal expenses.
Kids Entry is Free?
Entry for Kids under 5 yrs age is free but for 6 and 12 years accompanied by elders/guardians, will be given 50% discount on daily royalty.
Tobacco Consumption allowed in Bhutan?
Tobacco products is banned in Bhutan, but 200 cigarettes for personal consumption is ok, for which you have to pay 200% import duty.
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Festivals & Events
The Tshechu is a festival in Bhutan honour of Padmasambhava Indian saint- "one who was born from a lotus flower", popularly known under the name of "Guru Rimpoche", the Precious Teacher.
During Tsechus or Festivals in Bhutan, the dances are performed by monks as well as by laymen. The Tsechus is a religious festivals in Bhutan and by attending it, it is believed one one gains merits. It is also a yearly social gathering where the people come together to rejoice dressed in all their finery. You can find the Bhutan festivals dates of Bhutan.
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