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    Monks in front of Gangtey Monastery in Bhutan

    The Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is known for its stunning landscapes, legendary ancient temples and fortresses, spicy yet delicious food, colourful festivals and most of all its authenticity. If you wish to slow down your fast paced city life and relish a moment or two in the lap of Himalayas, Bhutan is the place for you! The charms of this isolated Himalayan Kingdom are knitted strong within its cultural realms. The government takes all measures to preserve its culture, history and rich tradition.

    So why spend your money to come here?

    1. Happiness is the key to Bhutan’s Tourism – Bhutan prides itself on their sustainable approach to tourism. The Bhutan is the only country to measure GNH or Gross National Happiness as an indicator of its prosperity.

    2. Traditional.Authentic.Pure.Divine – Imagine what it is travelling in a country where the natives live by their traditions and values, the environment, legacy and future are of utmost importance to the government and everyone looks forward to development-the cultural way? That’s Bhutan!

    3. Low Volume, High Impact – With a tariff of US $250/tourist (except for tourists traveling from India, Bangladesh, & Maldives) to be spent every day makes Bhutan appear as one of the most expensive destinations. However, the amount includes accommodation, food, transport and an official guide. Moreover, to burst the myth there is no limit to tourist visas.

    Indian nationals do not need a visa and licensed tour guide to explore Bhutan.

    4. Food Utopia – A country where rice is red and chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the most important ingredient. Their national dish, Ema Datshi, is a fiery blend of green chillies smothered in cheese.

    5. A Cultural Legacy – Bhutan is a land of monasteries and fortresses. Buddhism is deeply engraved in the soul of the country and is driven with interesting cultural beliefs.

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    6. Natural Wonders – Experience Bhutan’s natural wonder first-hand when exploring the beautiful nation. Travel across the mountain passes- dazzling with rhododendrons in spring. Trek across the mountains and witness the flora & fauna riches, unique mammals & birds protected in several national parks.

    7. Welcomes with Goodbye – Visit the most hospitable country across the world and let the warm smiles and ‘good byes’ (used for welcoming people in Bhutan) invite you the Land of thunder dragon.

    We bring to you reasons why you should visit Bhutan at least once in a lifetime to explore the treasure box of a traditional Himalayan Life.

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    1. Tiger’s Nest Monastery

    Tiger’s Nest Monastery is the Most Sacred Buddhist Pilgrimage Site in Bhutan

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    The Legendary Taktsang Goemba or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery perched at a height of 3000m on a vertical cliff. It is believed Guru Rinpoche flew to this cliff on a flaming tigress and meditated here. This spectacular monastery is one of the most sacred sites to the Buddhist pilgrims.

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    2. Punakha Festival

    Punakha Masked Festival celebration in Punakha Dzong

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    There is no better way to get under the skin of the place than to experience it during the time of festive celebrations. Witness the traditional Bhutanese style masquerade dance; the re-enactments of the Bhutanese victory over invading Tibet as firecrackers explode and the battle scenes are acted out in one of the most beautiful buildings of Bhutan – Punakha Dzong. It is believed that the ones who witness the mask dances receive blessings and wash away the sins as the world’s largest religious Thangka scroll, Paro Thongdrel unfolds at the festive ceremony.

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    3. Thimphu

    Folk Heritage Museum of Bhutan in its Capital Thimphu

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    Travel to the small capital of Bhutan and the only capital in the world without traffic lights to explore the colourful weekend markets and quirky shops. Thimphu houses the traditional Bhutanese art, culture and tradition. The architecture of the city is embellished with wooden houses and concrete buildings constructed in traditional Bhutanese style.

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    4. Dochula Pass

    108 Chortens Built in memory of Bhutanese Soldiers

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    A concentration of 108 chortens (Stupas) was built in the memory of Bhutanese soldiers who were killed in 2003 war against the insurgents from India. The pass offers a spectacular 360 panoramic view of the valleys overlooking the snow-capped mountains.

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    5. Chimi Lhakhang

    Colorful Phalluses in Temple of Fertility in Bhutan

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    One of the most honoured temples in Bhutan, the Temple of Fertility or the Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to the ‘Divine Madman’, Lama Drukpa Kunley. Frequented by tourists and childless couples seeking special blessings to beget a child. The temple is decorated with colourful phalluses which are believed to drive malicious gossip and evil eye away.

    6. Phobjikha Valley

    Black neck cranes in Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan

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    Set on the western slopes of the black mountains, bordering the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, Phobjikha Valley is a stunningly beautiful wildlife preserve popular for its scenic splendour and cultural uniqueness. The park is a hot bed for wildlife activity and a paradise for birdwatchers. One could spot the globally threatened black neck cranes migrate to the valley in winters.

    7. Red Panda Brewery

    Red Panda Beer in Bhutan’s first Brewery

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    For those who thought Bhutan is all about culture and tradition, well, there’s more to it! Hit the countries first established brewery known as the Red Panda Brewery established in 2006 by Fritz Maurer. Beer is brewed from wheat and is pretty strong especially at high altitude.

    8. Zuri Dzong Hike

    Zuri Dzong TrekKing Trail

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    A trek to Zuri Dzong is a popular hiking trip amongst many tourists. The peak of the Zuri Dzong trek is a perfect spot for a bird’s-eye view of the entire Paro Valley, with glorious Himalayas in the backdrop. It is believed that Buddha had meditated in one of the Zuri Dzong caves in the 8th century. One could soak in the tranquil, serene and extraordinary views as you hike along the trekking trail.

    9. Gangtey Valley

    Bhutan’s Shangri La on Earth - Gangtey Valley

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    Shangri La on earth as they say, the Gangtey valley trails lead you to the historical Gangtey monastery passing through dense forests of magnolia, rhododendrons and juniper to ferns & dwarf bamboo and villages of Gogona & Khotokha.

    10. Arts & Crafts of Bhutan

    Samples of Bhutanese Art - Woodwork & Sculpture

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    Zorig Chusum or the 13 Bhutanese arts are rooted in the Buddhist philosophy. Pema Lingpa, a treasure discoverer introduced 13 arts and crafts namely, woodwork, stonework, paper making, carving, painting, sculpting, wood turning, black smithy, ornament making, bamboo work, weaving tailoring, to Bhutan in the 15th century.

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