While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound. As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture. By protecting and nurturing Bhutan’s living culture it is believed that it will help guard the sovereignty of the nation.
This is the shortest among our tour packages. We land at Paro which is scenically the most beautiful valley in Bhutan; the flight itself is amazing as we traverse the most awe-inspiring highest peaks in the world. The two districts of Paro and Thimphu are historically, culturally and politically the most prominent in Bhutan, hence this tour gives the best insight of Bhutan in the shortest time.
We land at Paro airport, and begin exploring the four districts in western Bhutan, all replete with history and culture. We look at fortresses and palaces built on dizzying hilltops and spurs, we travel back in time by visiting ancient temples, we look at farmlands, we take a peek into the rhythm of the people’s daily lives, and we absorb the overwhelming nature and breathtaking views of Himalayan landscapes.
We explore western and central Bhutan. We land at Paro airport, scenically the most beautiful, having flown via awe-inspiring peaks of the Himalayas. We scour four districts in western Bhutan, and head towards the central which is known as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. This tour provides arresting insights on Bhutanese culture, history, nature and environment, flora and fauna, and breathtaking views of Himalayan landscapes. All along, we also meet people from all walks of life.
This trip is designed for those who are interested in seeing a greater part of the country. The tour provides an insight into the remoteness of the country’s Far East, where development is minimal due to the high passes and terrain. Your visit will feature an authentic look at the Bhutanese lifestyle. You will see firsthand and up close how people live and work.
Bhutan has some 800 bird species, rivalling the combined 925 species found in all of North America. Among those, at least 16 species are globally threatened, and 10 fall within the restricted range. The country has even been called the world’s “birding capital”.
We look at what makes Bhutan the last Mahayana (Tantrayana) Buddhist Kingdom. We delve into how the country’s cultural construct and identity is derived from Buddhist values, and how art, craft, architecture, monuments, prayer flags and rituals contribute to a vibrant and living faith.
This is another one of the great festivals of Bhutan. Its timing depends upon the Bhutanese lunar calendar, but usually occurs in September or October. Because it is held in the populated capital of Bhutan, the Thimphu festival can be congested. This can make picture-taking challenging. One has to come early to secure a place to sit and watch the Festival.
This festival usually takes place in March or April each year, depending upon the Bhutanese lunar calendar. It is considered one of the most colorful and wonderful of Bhutan's many festivals and is very popular with visitors. Festival participants don ornamental dress and elaborate costumes that are worn just once a year. Other highlights of the Paro Festival include the Thongdrel on the last day.
Although the origin and purpose of the festival cannot be exactly determined, the Jampa Lhakhang Drup is regarded as one of the most ancient and sacred of all festivals in the region. The tradition of people from this area is to congregate in a spirit of piety and festivity on the 15th day of the ninth month of the Bhutanese calendar.