Bhutan

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Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas. It is bordered by China in the north the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, China and the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal in the west, and the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh in the south and east. The country’s landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan Mountains in the north, where there are peaks higher than 7,000 metres (23,000 ft.). The wildlife of Bhutan is notable for its diversity.

Situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, the Bhutanese state developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism. Headed by a spiritual leader known as the Zhabdrung Rinpoche. Between two-thirds and three-quarters of the Bhutanese population follow Buddhism. About one-quarter to one-third are followers of Hinduism. The national language is Dzongkha.

Bhutan has a rich and unique cultural heritage that has largely remained intact because of its isolation from the rest of the world until the mid-20th century. Owing to its diversity, a wide variety of elaborate and colourful religious festivals adorn its culture. Every village is known for their unique festival though the most widely known is the annual Tshechu. The traditional dress is known as the Gho, worn by men, which resembles the Japanese Kimono. Women wear a long ankle length dress known as the Kira. Traditional Bhutanese eating habits are simple. A typical Bhutanese meal consists of rice, a dish of Ema Datshi, chili and cheese, pork, beef curry or lentils. .Until just a few decades ago arranged marriages were common and many married among their relatives. In eastern Bhutan cross-cousin marriages were also once common; however, this practice is now becoming less common. .Marriages are simple affairs and are usually kept low-key. The birth of a child is always welcomed and Bhutanese value children as progenitors of the future and therefore do not discriminate on the sex of the child. Bhutanese believe on the idea of re-birth after death or a mere passing on to a new life.

A travel to Bhutan will be as spiritually rewarding as it would be adventurous and exciting. Replete with many glacial rivers flowing down from the Himalayan peaks, there are lots of adrenaline-filled activities, including white water rafting and kayaking, waiting in the Land of Dragons. However, water activities are not your thing, but you still love to be outdoors, trekking is the best thing to go for. Bhutan tourism is sure to include numerous trekking trails, of which Jomolhari Trek is the most famous one. Dochula Pass, the Druk Path, Snowman trek routes I and II and Dagala Thousand Lakes, there are many such trails all around the country with exciting paths and scenic beauties.

A flight to Paro will be surely the most part of your journey overlooking the enigmatic snowy mountain calling you to explore them. Bhutan is blessed with hilltop monasteries that brings out the peace which you desire to have during your visit. These monasteries are century old and are still strong in terms of construction and solace which is offered. Some of these monasteries are listed in the UNESCO Heritage List and introduces to the long-lasting religion. Bhutan is known for its colourful festivals that have been celebrated since the time of kingdom. These festivals showcase the culture and present the story that is hidden beneath.

So pack your bags and head to this happy country, to visit the most awaited tourist places in Bhutan.

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