Popularly recognised as the last erstwhile Buddhist kingdom, Bhutan is a not just a nation but an emotion with happiness being the greatest pursuit. It is a heartland of various colours and visual feasts that encompasses the country with magical moments.
A home-like experience
Bhutan is a mesmerising land of spirituality that enjoys seclusion from the modern world. The nation is significantly influenced by Buddhist culture and values, making it a global epicentre of peace and happiness.
Our Bhutan destinations
Enjoying the much-needed seclusion from the modern world, Bhutan is the perfect getaway to experience happiness. Places like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, and Jakar offer exclusive and rare sights to experience, all influenced by strong Buddhist values.
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and is nestled in a region surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The sightseeing in this city includes the Tashichho Dzong, Buddha Dordenma – Shakyamuni Buddha statue with jaw-dropping views of Thimphu valley, and the ancient Changangkha Lhakhang temple.
Paro is a scenic Bhutanese destination known for its cliff-hanging Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest. Other must-visit sites in Paro are the Chele La Pass – an ideal spot for a nature walk to absorb positivity, and the National Museum, a place to learn more about Bhutan’s culture.
Punakha is a quaint town in Bhutan popularly known for the ancient Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress. Another interesting highlight of Punakha is the Tshechu festival which attracts locals as well as visitors to enjoy the vibrant Bhutanese culture.
The values of Mahayana Buddhism are the roots of Bhutanese culture. “Driglam Namzha” is Bhutan’s traditional official code of conduct, and Dzongkha and Sharchop are the common languages spoken. The traditional outfit for men is Gho and Khira for women, which they wear on auspicious occasions.
The annual festivals celebrated in Bhutan are Tshechus, where the people wear traditional outfits and enjoy the festivity engaging in Cham dance. The other magnificent festival travellers can be a part of is the Haa Summer festival dedicated to the Haa nomads.
The Buddhist influence is evident in Bhutan’s architecture. Dzong architecture is a commonly found building style in Bhutan, with the Tibetan culture adding its unique charm. Famous monuments in Bhutan are Punakha Dzong, Trongsa Dzong, and the Taktsang Monastery.
Bhutan’s food palette comprises a mixture of Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Chinese cuisines. The most liked staples of Bhutanese people are stews, and curries served with rice. Chilli peppers are widely used ingredients, so if the food tastes spicy, it is normal!
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