The remote kingdom of Bhutan is a magical delight. Ranging from subtropical plains in the south to subalpine heights in the north, this hidden gem will leave any keen traveller full of awe. A patchwork of waring fiefdoms until the early 17th century, Bhutanese people are now deeply spiritual, living in harmony with the environment and each other. They attract ascetics, mystics, philosophers, scholars and travellers to share their ancient wisdom. Having been an absolute monarchy until 2008, this fascinating country, although keen to embrace the modern world is also set on maintaining its traditional ways and cultures.
The only city with an airport in the country, making this city one of the main destination for travellers. Paro is located in the bottom of the widest valley in the kingdom, transforming this lands in fertile valley ideal to cultivate red rice.
There are over 155 temples and monasteries in this area, some of them dated from the 14th century, being the iconic of the area the Taktsang Monastery – The Tiger Nest, built in upon a sheer cliff face, above the forest of oak and rhododendrons.
Home of the Royal family, the capital city is considered the centre of commerce, religion and government in the country. Mixing the ancient traditions and the modern life, Thimphu is the ideal location to experiment the Bhutanese lifestyle.
This is the only city in the world where traffic lights don’t exist and are replace by police officers directing the traffics with exaggerated hand motions.
No just well known to have the second oldest and largest dzong (a Tibetan building), also one od the most majestic structures in the country. Was the capital between the 1637 and 1907, hosting the first national assembly in 1953.
Punakha valley has a great weather with warm winters and hot summer, with an average elevation of 1,200 mts above the sea level, perfect conditions to cultivate rice, the main cash crop in this region.
Town situated on a steep ridge, gives it the best view of the valleys surrounding it. The Trongsa Dzong, built in 1644, located in the top of a mountain easily visible from anywhere in town. Located near the centre of Bhutan, this town controlled for centuries the east-west trade due to its strategic position. The Trongsa tsechu is the five-day festival during December/ January every year. All the monastery in Bhutan celebrate Guru Rimpoche's arrival to Bhutan in the 8th century, and the victory of Buddhism over evil.
In this area we will find four different valleys which were created by ancient glaciers. Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor, being this last one the largest of the four and considered the “Bumthang Valley”.
These valleys are considered a very fertile area where you can see big lands growing potatoes, rice and buckwheat: apple orchards and dairy farm are very common.
Knowing as the “Jewel of the East”, Trashigang is the eastern corner of the kingdom limiting with India. This is the largest district in the country with an altitude ranging from 600 mts to over 4,000 mts. Bhutan’s largest river, Dangme Chhu, flow through this district. Home of the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, you will find pandas, snow leopards and tigers. However, this sanctuary was created in first place to protect the Migoi, a type of yeti, which in Tibetan words means “Wild man” knowing as well as the Abominable Snowman.
The remote kingdom of Bhutan is a magical delight. Ranging from subtropical plains in the south t...