Bhutan , land of the peaceful Dragon, lies in a hidden corner high in the eastern Himalaya, sandwiched between Tibet to the north and the Indian states of Sikkim to the west, Assam to the south and Arunachel Pradesh to the east.Read More..
Wedged between Indian and Tibet, Bhutan with its affluence of natural beauty and unique culture has captured the interests of travelers from all over the world. With a mere 110 miles from North to the South and 200 miles from the East to the West, Bhutan is no doubt a tiny country. But this encompasses a natural staircase from the grassy plains and forests through the semi tropical and alpine forests to some of the most breathtaking mountain peaks on Earth. Despite centuries of isolation, Bhutan still garners thousands upon thousands of tourists from all over the world.
The flora and fauna of Tibet are amalgamation of species native to India and South East Asia. Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon is sandwiched between Tibet to the North, Sikkim and Assam to the South and Arunachal Pradesh to the east, the latter three being Indian states. The main Himalaya of Bhutan stretches for 1900 miles and its width varies from 50 miles to 200 miles. The middle Himalaya is rich in dense forests of conifer, maples, oaks and magnolias. The inner Himalaya has abundant snow clad mountains that border the plateaus and form the southern edge of Tibet.
Majority of Bhutanese live in isolated valleys and there are still many of them who live in tents woven from yak-hair. They spend a majority of their time in the alpine pastures, looking after their grazing livestock. The wild and rugged mountains in the country are largely unexplored but offer the finest trekking experiences in the Himalayas. The country is divided into three main land forms, the plains and river valleys, a mid Himalayan region and the mountainous region. The mountainous region ranges from 14000 ft. to 24000 ft. above the sea level.
Bhutan was practically in oblivion for most part of the history to the outer world. Due to this, Bhutan has been untouched by the perils of human destruction and one can relish on the pristine beauty of the nature. It is also sometimes referred to as “The Last Shangri-La” because of its largely unexplored land, its beautiful mountains and the countries’ antiqueBuddhist monasteries. Bhutan has managed to maintain their natural integrity by all means. It only allows a limited number of travelers to have a travel permit for entering Bhutan.
Besides its natural beauty, most of the tourists are mystified by the country’s unique Buddhist culture and the spectacular dzongs, ancient fortresses and monasteries. The country is also well known for its wealth of unique culture and festivals. For instance, the annual festival of Tsechus held in Bhutan’s capital of Thimpu celebrated around September or October that is marked by four days of dancing and socializing is one of the major tourist attractions. Others like Cham Dances performed by monks or dancers from Bhutan’s Royal Academy of Performing arts offer a vivid sight of masked animals and demons worn over silk costumes.
Although Bhutan permits limited access to tourists, its rich nature and cultural heritages make it a coveted destination in the world.Hide..
Although Bhutan started to open its territory to visitors more than 30 years ago, the not only the rural & far-flung villages, even the trekking routes remain relatively untouched by trekkers in comparison to Nepal’s busy trekking
Cultural Touring includes traveling by vehicle through the Bhutanese countryside, with optional walks and day hikes to visit temples, monasteries and villages. Culture tour also include visiting museum, handicraft shops and weekend market
Duration: 8 days