The Mystique land of Bhutan

High Land ---is the meaning of the Sanskrit word Bhu'uttan. It is said that the word 'Bhutan' might have originated from Bhu'uttan. On the roof the world piercing into the Grand Himalayas the independent kingdom of Bhutan is situated.

The Name
There are different opinions about the meaning of the name-Bhutan. If not Bhu'uttan then the ancient Indian term Bhotanta can be the source of the name. The Tibetans are known as Bhots in Sanskrit and Bhotanta mean the end of the land of the Bhots, i.e. the Tibetans. Lho Mon O Mon Yul (paradise of the south or the land of the Mon Pans) that is how the Tibetan writers describe their neighboring fertile land. Bhutanese themselves refer to their country as Druk Yul-the land of peaceful Dragon.

Religion-Harmony that is the tune of the religion in Bhutan

The Tibetan school of Buddhism uses the word Druk to mean Dragon. Yes, Bhutan is the last Buddhist kingdom of Himalayas. Buddha propagated his doctrine in 5th century B.C. in India.
His message of peace & non-violence reached Bhutan a millennium later. An association of Buddhism and the traditional religious belief enhances the beauty of the Bhutanese religious milieu. The people from the land of peaceful dragon believe in the 'Peace Talks' of Buddha religiously.

Welcome to Bhutan
A trip to Bhutan can revitalize energy in more than one way. Go wild on a trekking, enjoy the cultural rejoicings, colourful festivals & intriguing religious ceremonies or else just sit back and refresh your mind watching the picturesque scenic beauty & snow-clad mountains.
Pollution free environment, congestion free living makes life smoother and visitors undoubtedly feel rejuvenated in Bhutan.

The monasteries are perfect embodiment of peace & aesthetics. Beautiful monasteries are dotted about the mountainside valley.


All time, on time
Yes there is no such thing as off-season in Bhutan. Nature has its own charming ways to ake you feel better all round the year. But we suggest you to visit during the winter months as the weather is soothingly cold and its the best time of the year to view the snow capped peaks of the mountains. The most cheerful time of the year in the kingdom is Spring. The fierce cold that characterises the winter months tends to subside towards the end of February (around Bhutanese New Year , Lhosar). Rhododenron begins to bloom first in the warmer east. At the height of the spring, the end of march, the whole kingdom comes to life with the spectacular flaming blossom of the red pink and white rhododendron. The annual monsoon from Bay of Bengal affects the south and central regions of Bhutan. The end of the monsoon is also a popular time to visit, marks the closing months of summer. The days are filled with glorious cobalt skies and warm weather. The autumn months of September to november bring shorter days and cooler evening. Views over the high Himalayas are usually possible from September to March .

Bhutan surely promises loads of unforgettable memories.

Information
Money : Ngultrum. It has the same value as the Indian rupee. One Us $ is roughly equal to 45 Nv.Credit Cards are accepted by a few shops and travel agencies in Thimphu .Travellers cheques are exchanged at the Bank of Bhutan in Thimphu.

Clothing : Bhutanese men wear GHO which are longish robes tied around the waist by a cloth belt known as KERA. The women 's ankle length dress is known as KIRA which is made of bright coloured & finely woven fabric with traditional patterns.

Food: Staple diet is red rice, buckwheat, wheat, maize, pork, beef, Chicken, yak meat, cheese. Chillies are taken as Vegetables and not as spice.


FESTIVAL
PLACE
DATES
PUNAKHA DROMCHE
PUNAKHA
FEB.17 TH - 21 ST
CHORTEN KORA
TRASHIYANGTSE
FEB.27 TH and MARCH 13 TH
GOMKORA
TRASHIGANG
MARCH 22 ND - 24 TH
CHHUKHA TSHECHU
CHHUKHA
MARCH 22 ND - 24 TH
PARO TSHECHU
PARO
MARCH 24 TH - 28 TH
URA TSHECHU
BUMTHANG
APRIL 23 RD -27 TH
NIMALUNG TSHECHU
BUMTHANG
JUN.18 TH - 20THS
KURJEY TSHECHU
BUMTHANG
JUN.20 TH
WANGDI TSHECHU
WANGDI PHODRANG
SEPT.14 TH - 16ND
TAMSHINGPHALA CHOEPA
BUMTHANG
SEPT.15 TH - 17ND
THIMPHU DRUPCHEN
THLMPHU
SEPT.11 TH - 15ND
THIMPHU TSHECHU
THLMPHU
SEPT.16 TH - 18ND
TANGBI MANI
BUMTHANG
SEPT.20 TH - 22ND
JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP
BUMTHANG
OCT. 21 ST - 25 TH
PAKER YSHECHU
BUMTHANG
OCT.22 ND - 25 TH
NALAKHAR TSHECHU
BUMTHANG
NOV.19 TH - 21 TH
MONGAR TSHECHU
MONGAR
NOV.11 TH - 14 TH
PEMA GATSHEL TSHECHU
PEMAGATSHEL
NOV.11 TH - 14 TH
TRADSHIGANG TSHECHU
TRASHIGANG
NOV.12 TH - 15 TH
TRONGSA TSHECHU
TRONGSA
DEC.13 TH - 15 TH
LHUNTSE TSHECHU
LHUNTSE
DEC.13 TH - 15 TH






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