Bhutan

BHUTAN-Land of Spice, Spirituality and Serenity

Bhutan is a beautiful country wrapped up around the arms of Himalayas, situated in the ancient Silk Road. It is bordered by China and India. The country is not so populous. It has a population of around, 753947 people. This possibly is the reason why the country is undisturbed. The country remained closed to the rest of the world for long enough with the aim of protecting its extremely valued cultural and traditional heritage. The country was successful in guarding their culture but along with that the country’s rich nature also remained protected. The people of Bhutan are filled with etiquettes to which they strictly stick to and they possibly could be the most religious people in the world therefore they did not cause any kind of destruction to the beauty of it. Bhutan is rich with plenty of mountains, hills, rivers and valleys covered with intriguing biodiversity. It happens to have some highest mountains which still remains unclimbed. There are plenty of monasteries and scenic spots in Bhutan that serves to be perfect for exploration and you can also go out to get your dose of adventure. It transitioned from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy in the year 2008. The current Prime Minister of Bhutan is Tshering Tobgay and the king is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk. Bhutan is well known for its policy and the concept of Gross National Happiness. This basically is the concept which measures happiness of people and Bhutan happens to be the only country to do so.

Gross National Happiness

The concept of Gross National Happiness was brought about by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. He believed that for a country to prosper it was important for the citizens to be happy and concentrating only on the economic approach to develop the country would lead to unhappy country. So, more emphasis was laid on this concept. The king believed that if the country was kept untouched by foreign culture then the concept of GNH would be effective. However there arose controversies and conflicts among people and economists outside the country. It took thirty long years to be accepted by the policy makers and economists outside. It was quite a challenging concept for Bhutan to accept. GNH was much easier to state than to be defined mathematically. GNH did not have any quantitative definition till 2005, when Adam Kramer, a psychologist from the University of Oregon developed a behavioral model of "Gross National Happiness" based on the use of positive and negative words in social network status updates, which resulted in a quantitative GNH metric. The philosophy of Gross National Happiness recently received international recognition.

Some Top Attractions

Trashiyangtse

This is a small town in Yangtse Gewog. Apart from the place being absolutely beautiful the people of this place has excellent skills of traditional art work, therefore The School of Traditional Arts or The Rigne School or the sister school of The School of Traditional Arts in Thimphu is the main attraction of this place. The school produces people highly skilled in craftsmanship, such as, painting, ceramics, wood mold, wood-turning, enamel work and weaving.

Limbukha

This village is well known for its peaceful environment and the people living here is full of love. Red rice produced here is another specialty of the village. The rice is special as it is believed to have medicinal properties.

Phuentsholing

This is the most visited places in Bhutan. People from all around come here for shopping in Jaigaon, an Indian bazaar town, and just to enjoy the pleasing beauty.

Wangchu River

This Himalayan River is the tributary of Brahmaputra River and offers plenty of adventure opportunities with various water sports. You will also get the view of the stunning SAARC building and of the Samtenling Palace, the resident of king from here.

Phobjikha Valley

This glacial valley is the most luscious of all the greeneries of Bhutan, sitting on the edge of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. It is bowl shaped and preserves many important wildlife, flora and fauna like Himalayan black bears, sambars, leopards and red foxes among other mammal species. The most awaited and admired is the black-necked cranes.

Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge

This is an iron chain bridge built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo in the fifteenth century. It leads to the famous Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the hills far and near and the swift river flowing underneath as you walk will give you a fun experience worth experiencing.

Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Most popular as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, is the most sorted spot of Bhutan by the travelers across the world. The location and the make of the monastery is what make it so unique. First thing you should know is that it takes a lot of energy and courage to climb up the hill to the mountain. But the way up and the sense soothing view from the top is rewarding enough.

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is one of the popular ancient architectures, lying amidst the awesomely beautiful nature. It showcases its stunning, luminous white washed walls with wooden two storied gallery painted in gold, red and black that adds to the glamour of the Dzong.

Dochula Pass

The Pass lies in a location somewhere between Punakha and Thimphu. It is a spot worth a stop as it offers magical pleasure to your senses with exquisite view of the surrounding beauty.

Rinpung Dzong

This is one of the finest creations of Bhutan. Like other Dzongs, this one too is painted white in its walls and red, black and golden in its woods giving it that exceptional look. Added to that, the woods of this Dzong are sculpted with impressive images. It holds a historical and traditional significance as well.