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Travel Guide To Bhutan

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  • Bhutan
  • Thimphu
  • 38,394 KM²
  • (GMT+6)
  • NULGTRUM
  • Dzongkha
  • 753,947 (2013)

General Information About Bhutan

Bhutan is a land of respite in a world driven by material pursuit and economic gains. The tiny Himalayan nation wedged between China and India can be described as the ultimate travel destination where nature has remained intact and where money is secondary to happiness. facts-of-bhutanBhutan is often considered as one of the youngest democratic country when it peacefully transited to a constitutional monarchy through a Royal Command in 2008. The country was ruled by the Wangchuck dynasty since 1907.Perched in the Himalayas, Bhutan has one of the highest unclimbed mountain peaks in the world. The mountains that feed the rivers has been tapped to generate electricity that earn the major portion of the government’s revenue.But the main thrust of governance has been in providing happiness to the people rather than economic growth. Gross National Happiness, propounded by the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck remains central to any government policies, plans and programs.As the mighty Himalayan range descends towards the central and the southern region of the country, one can behold picturesque river valleys, lush green hills and meadows and clean fresh rivers and streams.72 percent of Bhutan’s land area is covered by natural forest. Bhutan’s lush green forest has thousands of species of birds, animals, plants and flowers. A major treat for travellers to Bhutan has been the experience of breathing unpolluted and clean fresh air.The valleys and hilltops are dotted with ancient monasteries and forts, known as dzongs that has fascinated travellers for many years. Many forts and temples are precariously located on cliffs and the summit of hills.Bhutan’s culture has remained vibrant throughout history. Preservation of culture has been identified as an important pillar that supports the realization of gross national happiness.Bhutanese men wear the traditional dress called Gho that closely resemble the Scottish kilt and women wear Kira, an ankle length wraparound skirt. All office goers wear the traditional dress.
Sports in Bhutan

Sports Played in Bhutan

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About Archery Game

Bhutanese people from different social strata find archery one of the most enjoyable sports, being both fun and physical exercise. In addition, archery builds concentration, which contributes to mental development; according to a Bhutanese proverb, both sailing and archery require intelligence. Archery in Bhutan is a way of socialization, communication, and development of relations between people. Emotions run high during competitions, and support for archers and ridicule or distraction of opponents can become as violent as in other countries' sporting events. Bhutanese archery teams number at 13 players; teams take turns shooting two arrows at a time first in one direction, then in the opposite direction. The first to score 25 points wins, however because the scoring system is complicated, winning can take a very long time.
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Bhutan Culture and History

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Culture

Culture in Bhutan, while being deeply entwined with religion, manifests itself in a vast interweave of traditional arts, architecture, festivals and religious ceremonies.Bhutan’s culture remains vibrant amidst modernization attracting tourists from all over the world. The Thimphu tshechu (festival of mask dances) alone has been attracting thousands of visitors.

History

Much of Bhutan’s history is obscure, but it can be broadly summarized into three important eras: the advent of Buddhism, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s unification of the country and the institution of monarchy in 1907.Before Buddhism arrived in the country, Bhutan is said to have been in a dark age with rampant evil, cannibalism and bon practice. Guru Padmasambhava who visited Bhutan on several occasions introduced Buddhism in the country.
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Landscape

Located in the Himalayas, Bhutan, often described, as the land of the thunder dragon is a natural paradise with lush green forest, emerald rivers, beautiful valleys and picturesque hills and mountains.History comes alive wherever you travel in the kingdom in the form of ancient fortresses, temples and monasteries.
Thimphu`s Nightlife

Thimphu`s Nightlife

Nightlife in Bhutan is vibrant. The landlocked nation in the Himalaya Mountains is always flooded with a huge number of tourists. Nightlife in Bhutan is mostly related to bars, wineries, nightclubs and pubs. Two most popular national drinks of Bhutan are souza or Bhutanese tea and Ara a spirit distilled from rice, wheat or corn. Bhutan Nightlife would be incomplete without a visit to the bars, nightclubs and pubs that are scattered all over the country. There is enormous scope of finding nightlife here. To feel the pulse of nightlife here, the travelers have a choice of numerous pubs and exclusive bars in the country. If the tourists are looking to add more spice to their experience of Nightlife of Bhutan, they could even visit the local nightclubs that are teeming with nightlife. Nightlife in the pubs and nightclubs also feature live musical shows. Aside from experiencing the animated Nightlife in Bhutan, the tourists can also experience the gastronomical delights of the country. There is fairly good number of restaurants in the country.

Popular Bars in Thimphu

 
Om Bar
ThimphuTel. : +975 17 60 36 17
 
Zest Bar & Lounge
Drentoen Lam, Thimphu Tel. : +975 17 11 81 18
 
The Teste
Thimphu Bhutan Tel. : +975 17 60 41 42
 
Wine & Dine
Thimphu Bhutan Tel. : +975 02 339806

Famous Clubs in Thimphu

 
Ace Club
Phendey Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan Tel. : +975 17 11 42 44
 
Mojo Park
Yangchenma Building, Changlam, Thimphu Tel. : +975 17 11 09 75
 
Zest Bar & Lounge
Drentoen Lam, Thimphu Tel. : +975 17 11 81 18
 
Space 34
Dremthen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan Tel. : +975 77 10 60 67

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bhutan cycling tour
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  • Cycle through mixed forests, pasturelands and valleys dotted with villages rich in culture.
  • Ride down mountains with exhilarating drops of thousands of metres.
  • Challenge yourself with surmounting high passes of over 3000 metres.
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  • Photograph the colourful rituals and dances of the spectacular Thimphu Tsechu.
  • Experience the intimate Tangbi Mani Festival located near Bhutan’s spiritual heartland, Bumthang.
  • Encounter Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
black necked crane festival
  • Enjoy masked and costumed dances in honour and praise of the Black Necked Cranes.
  • Stroll through handicraft and game stalls.
  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
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  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Drive over high mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks.
bumthang tsechu
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Join in with locals in a special occasion of celebration, blessings and socialising.
  • Explore high altitude lakes overflowing with trout and mystical history.
  • Capture a glimpse of the local nomadic lifestyle.
  • Trek and drive over high mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks.
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  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests and snow capped mountains.
  • Spend time Marvelling at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
druk wangyel tsechu
  • Witness unique dances and rituals performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture
  • Visit many cultural attractions
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery
  • Discover most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples
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  • Visit many cultural attractions
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes
  • Ancient wall paintings and carvings
Haa Valley tour
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  • Explore the unspolit Haa Valley with its beautiful walking and biking trails.
  • Take in the sweeping views from Chele La Pass including the sacred Mt Jhomolhari
  • Spend time Marvelling at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
phobjikha
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  • Walk through landscapes of lush valleys, dense forests and rushing streams.
  • Enjoy an afternoon experience life in a traditional Bhutanese village.
  • Explore the stunning Phobjikha Valley, winter home to the Black-Necked Crane.