October 21, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Why Bhutan? You ask.
There is a good chance you have never heard of Bhutan, which is truly unfortunate. Bhutan, also known as The Land of the Thunder Dragon, is noordinary place. It’s a tiny Buddhist kingdom tucked away in the Himalayas. It is replete with myths and legends that are rooted in its past but alive it’s soul!
The government policies of Bhutan focuses largely on a sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of culture and traditions, and the preservation and protection of natural environments. Every decision made by both the government and the public is carefully considered and made with the intention to better society.
Bhutan is known as the happiest country in the world because people here are so happy! Because Monklettes, also known as little-kidmonks intheir orange robes, area cute sight to watch. Because it the country is beautiful. Because the happiness here is infectious. It is this happiness that makes Bhutan a must-see place!
Bhutan is known for its legendary temples, fantastic food, gorgeous landscapes, intriguing festivals, and its happy people. But most importantly it is known as a country that embraces a peaceful, and eco-friendly lifestyle; it is like no country you have ever seen. So, if you wish to slow down and escape to a place of peace, make plans to travel to the Himalayas and visit Bhutan.
The Top 5 Reasons You Should Visit Bhutan
Now, if you still aren’t sure Bhutan is the place for you, check out these top five reasons you should visit Bhutan — one glance and you will be ready to pack your bags.
- Tiger’s Nest Monastery – The legendary Taktsang Goemba also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries in all of Bhutan. It was built in 1692 and sits perched on the cliffs 3,000m north of Paro. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this cliff on a flaming tigress to meditate here. This magnificent monastery is sacred and is a must-see.
- The Inspiring SpiritualWorld – For many people, Buddhism is merely a religion, but to the people of Bhutan it is away of life. In fact, the reason that this country is considered the happiest and visitors find it so peaceful is because Buddhism is so ingrained in society. You can experience that same peace and joy by attending a meditation retreator by just embracing the culture and way of life.
- 13 Unique Arts and Crafts of Bhutan – As I said previously, Buddhism is a part of the Bhutan society, and it is found in all aspects of their lives. Another example of this is through the Zorig Chusum or as we often call it the 13 Bhutanese Arts and Crafts. The 13 include woodwork, stonework, bamboo work, carving, sculpting, painting, weaving, ornament making, paper making, tailoring, weaving, and black smithy. These arts and crafts were taught to the Bhutan people by the treasured discoverer Pema Linga in the 15th century. Today, Bhutan’s have mastered their skills as it shows in all of their beautiful arts and crafts.
- Spicy Food – Most of the food you will eat while in Bhutan will include red rice (similar to brown rice but with a nuttier taste) or buckwheat. Then just as you are used to, you will find the main dish is either meat or vegetables. However, what you won’t be as familiar with is the use of chilis; chilis are not a spice in Bhutan, they are a vegetable you eat. Adventurous visitors enjoy trying the national dish ema-datshi, which is a chili and cheese stew served with red rice. But even if you aren’t bold enough to order a whole meal, you should at least share with someone who will eat it.
- The Festivals – The festivals of Bhutan include colorful costumes, local dances, cultural items, and reenactments. Firecrackers explode around and add to all the excitement. There are many religious undertones to the festivals, with some even believing that simply witnessing dances or performances blesses them and washes away their sins. Favorite festivals include the Punakha Festival which celebrates the Bhutanese victory over invading Tibet, and the Tsechus Festivals a religious celebration that takes place in all monasteries.
Honestly, I could go on and on about the amazing things to see and do in Bhutan, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Instead, contact me, and I will plan an amazing adventure filled with sightseeing and soul refreshing experiences! All you have to do is pack.
Love from Bhutan x