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Bhutan

Bhutan is a kingdom in the heart of the great Himalaya, nestled between Tibet and India's Assam Plains. In Bhutanits 18,000 sq. mile Bhutan offers a variety of climates, from the hot and humid jungles of the southern foothills to the temperate inner Himalayas to the frigid snow-capped peaks in the north which rises to 7700m. Bhutan's state religion is the Drukpa sect of Kagyupa, a school of Mahayana Buddhism.

Bhutan is a Land locked Mountain Kingdom, bordered by Tibet, China, and India and has very close cultural ties with Nepal and Bangladesh. The capital city is Thimpu which is unlike any other capital in the world. The dramatic geography of the country and its exotic energetic culture and mystical atmosphere makes Bhutan one of the most magical and appealing countries in the world as a travel destination. As a travel destination, Bhutan is a prominent place with the attractive Himalayas, peaceful and warm hearted people, eye catching lush valleys and hidden evergreen forests.

The country offers the spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty and a unique culture and lifestyle. Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is no ordinary place. This is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the entire dish. Travel in Bhutan is really an exploration of Natural beauties, Landscape, eye catching lush valleys as well as spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty, a unique culture and lifestyle. The following are some

popular trekking routes of Bhutan.


 

The Chomolhari Trek
The Chomolhari Trek offers a taste of the great variety of Bhutanese landscapes. Starting Drugyel Dzong, we pass through sprinkled hamlets and farmland, into a deep and richly forested valley, which escorts to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders forage their animals.

The Laya / Gasa Trek
lyasa gasaAmong the several popular trekking routes of Bhutan, The Laya-Gasa trek, long-established route from Chomolhari across to Laya, exist in one of the finest trekking route. The route offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forest to alpine pastureland and high passes. Spectacular campsites, Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake etc. are some of the main feature of this trek. Numerous isolated dzongs and scattered settlements, including the outlandish village of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest’s enroute.

The Bumthang Cultural Trek- Central Bhutan
The Bumthang Cultural Trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through the Bumthang countryside. This trek provides an extraordinary opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life.

The Lhuntse Trek- Eastern Bhutan
The Lhuntse trek starts on at Tangmachu; two hours drive from Mongar. Climbing through temperature forest with a profusion of wildlife (including several types of pheasant), this route discover some of the least visited areas of Bhutan prior to continuing on to Tashiyangste on the ancient convoy route across Bhutan. In springtime the flowers and bird-life make this trek a sheer pleasure.

The Lunana Trek
The Lunana trek offers a breath-taking landscape that has previously seen only a handful of foreign visitors. Starting out at Punakha, this unique and challenging route offers an experience to climb the steep gorge leading to Laya, before crossing the mighty Karakachu La to enter Lunana proper. Thus, the Lunana trek is consider as one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas.

The Druk Path
The Druk path directs from Thimpu to Paro, or vice versa, crossing the chain of mountains that splits the two valleys. While there is little settlement on this route, there are magnificent lakes swarming with fish and the area is renowned for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter where are views across to the Himalayas.

Places to see in Bhutan: -

Paro
Paro is one of the most colonized regions of the country. Because of its immediacy to the airport, there are hotels & tourist facilities close by. The valley of Paro includes a wealth of attractions and necessitates a few days to be appropriately discovered.

Thimphu
Thimphu, the contemporary capital of Bhutan lies at an altitude of 2300 meters in a valley transversed by the Wang - Chu (Thimphu River). The city of Thimphu is nothing like what a capital city is imagined to be. Yet, for Bhutan it is a appropriate and lively place. Unlike numerous modern cities, Thimphu has set aside a strong national character in its architectural style.

Bumthang
The Bumthang region covers four major valleys: Choskhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. The Dzongs and the most important temples are in the large Choskhor valley, generally referred to as Bumthang valley. The Bumthang valley is the home to some of the most holy and the oldest Monasteries in the country. Jambey Lhakhang built by Tibetan King Songten Gembo, personification of Buddha of sympathy, in the 7th century, is among 108 monasteries built by him to restrain the wickedness spirit in the Himalayan region.

Punakha
Punakha plays a primal role in the history of Bhutan; indeed it was the country's winter capital for 300 years. Punakha Dzong, or Punthang Dechen Phodrang, was built in 1637. The Dzong looks like an enormous ship unerringly covering a split of land at the meeting of two rivers. Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel a chief figure in the History of Bhutan built the Punakha Dzong and his body is conserved in one of the Dzongs temples, Machen Lhakhang.

Lhuentse
Lhuentse is an inaccessible district although there are many substantial villages in the hill all through the region. It is very rustic and there are fewer than five vehicles, including an ambulance, and not a single petrol station, in the whole district.

Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong)
Rinpung Dzong, meaning the citadel on a pile of jewels was constructed during the time of Shabdrung in 1646. The approach to the Dzong is through a conventional covered bridge. A walk to the Dzong offers a good view of the architectural speculate of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the site of the great Paro Tsechu (festival) detained once a year in spring.

Ta Dzong
The castle-shaped Ta Dzong was made in 1651 as a watch tower to guard Rinpung Dzong throughout inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong has housed the nation’s legacy in Bhutan’s National Museum since 1976. Ta Dzong grasps a charming collection of arts, remnants and religious Thanka paintings.

Drugyal Dzong
Drugyal Dzong refers to triumphant citadel which was built in 1647 AD by Shabdrung Ngawang to honor his success over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian warlord, Gushri Khan in 1644 AD. Tactically made over the only passage into Paro valley, the Dzong assisted to keep away many attacks all through the course of Bhutanese history. The Dzong was devastated by an inadvertent fire in 1951. The carcasses, as it stands today still attract tourists.

Taktsang Monastery
Taktsang Monastery denotes the ‘Tiger’s Nest (den)’ literally. Taktsang Monastery was built around the cave and is a hallowed shrine for Bhutanese pilgrims. Taktsang Monastery grips insecurely to a granite cliff 800m above the Paro valley. Legend has it that the great Guru Padmasambhava soared to this site on the back of a Tigress and contemplated in a cave during the 8th century.

Farm House
Bhutanese farm houses are very attractive. Built & painted in long-established style. The house looks very big from outside but it is quite simple inside. The houses are normally of 3 storeys. The ground floor is always used for cattle; top floor is used for drying food and in the middle family lives. The best room in the house is always kept as family holy place. A visit to a farm house is very interesting to see how