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Kingdom of Bhutan, a small, mountainous nation of south Asia.
Districts in Bhutan [ dzongkhag ]: Bumthang, Chhukha, Chirang, Daga, Geylegphug, Ha, Lhuntshi, Mongar, Paro, Pemagatsel, Punakha, Samchi,
Samdrup Jongkhar, Shemgang, Trashigang, Thimphu, Trongsa, Wangdi Phodrang.
This 'Land of the Dragon' is located in the Himalaya Mountains between India and China.
Monarchy with a special treaty relationship with India.
Capital City of Bhutan: Thimphu
hotels, tour operators - bhutan tours, travel guides, travel to bhutan
- look for hotels in Bhutan
Hotel Amankora, Paro, Thimphu
Travel Agents / Tour Operators
A.o. Bird Watching in Bhutan, Cultural Tour of Bhutan, Family Trek, Sacred Mountains - Secret Valleys,
Tashi Tenzing's Darjeeling & Bhutan Panorama, The Chorten Path, The Complete Lunana Snowman trek, The Hidden Kingdom Trek
Nepal Travels - travelling to Bhutan from Katmandu, Nepal - Chomolhari Trekking
Fly to Paro [ Full day sightseeing Tour ], Trek to Shana (2757m), Trek to Soi Thangthankkha (3446m), Trek to
Jangothang (4040m), Trek to Lingshi (4150m), Trek to Shodu (3936m), Trek to Dolam Kencho (3628m), Trek to
Dodinanad and processed to Thimpu, Morning local sightseeing tour to Thimpu and processed to Paro.
Voyages Jules Verne - Great Journeys for the discerning traveller
The Kingdom of Buthan
Buddhist based travel programs, Birding in Bhutan, The weaver's trail, Trekking Itineraries
Far Fung Places - small group travel
Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators [ ABTO ]
Tour Operators in Bhutan - Official list Department of Tourism
Travel Guides Bhutan / Related books
Bhutan (Lonely Planet Country Guides) - Bradley Mayhew
Special Architecture feature with illustrations of Bhutan's famous Buddhist architecture, incl. houses, stupas and grand monastries. New plan. chapt to
help you negotiate the tricky rules in place when booking a trip to Bhutan, incl. an explanation of the daily fee system, recommended travel agencies and tips on the timing.
Paperback: 284 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th edition edition (1 Mar 2011); ISBN-10: 1741049199; ISBN-13: 978-1741049190.
Hidden Bhutan: Entering the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon
Martin Uitz, a renowned expert on Bhutan, describes how the Bhutanese, in pursuit of the principle of 'Gross National Happiness', are carefully moving
towards a more modern future, including a constitution and democracy, whilst preserving their traditional society and conserving the environment.
Hardcover: 196 pages; Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the bookHaus (12 July 2008); ISBN-10: 1905791437; ISBN-13: 978-1905791439.
Transport / How do I travel to Bhutan
All tourists (group or individual) must travel on a pre-planned, prepaid, guided package tour program. Independent travel is not permitted.
Paro Airport [ PBH / VQPR ] - see Druk Air Corporation
The nearest Indian airport is in Bagdogra, which can be reached by plane from Calcutta and Delhi. The road
from Bagdogra connects to Phuentsholing, a border town in Bhutan. It is a 3-4 hour drive from the airport. It takes approximately 6 hours from Phuentsholing to Thimphu or Paro.
Druk Air - the only airline that serves Bhutan.
The final leg of a journey to Bhutan begins in Calcutta, Dhaka or Kathmandu
There are no domestic airlines or trains
Main roads are well maintained. The main two lane highway runs from west to east connecting all the major towns and villages.
Department of Tourism, Bhutan
Thimphu - Capital City of Bhutan, located on the Wang Chu [ Chu River ]
Western part of the country, in a high valley of the Himalayas, former Winter Capital. Market center for agricultural goods produced in the surrounding valley.
Phuentsholing - land entry or exit
Southern boarder town of Phuentsholing, boardering West Bengal India
Punakha - Punakha Dzong, once the seat of the old Capital of Bhutan [ summer capital ]
Bhumthang Valley - considered very sacred place for Bhutanese.
Dochula Pass [ 3100m ]
Mebartsho, a holy site and pilgrimage place also known as the Burning Lake
Valley of Punakha
Yotola Pass [ 3440m ]
Black Necked Crane [ Wangduephodrang ]
Dechenchoeling Palace in Thimphu - the official residence of the King
News from Bhutan - Kuensel Online - the national newspaper of Bhutan
Published weekly in three languages; Dzongkha, English and Nepali. Kuensel wants to keep its Bhutanese and international readers up to date on the politics and current events in the kingdom.
Bhutan, koninkrijk in de Himalaya
PBS - Living Edens
Bhutan, or the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is the only remaining Buddhist Himalayan kingdom. Shrouded in
timeless mystery, Bhutan is one of the few surviving regions whose secrets have passed undisturbed
through the millennia. Since 95 percent of the Bhutanese people remain subsistence farmers or pastoralists,
they live in harmony with an extraordinary diversity of animals, including the wild buffalo, red panda, Himalayan black bear, takin and blue sheep.
Cuisine - Bhutanese Cuisine - The Food of Shangri-la / Foothills of the Eastern Himalayas
Spicy chilies (ema) mixed with a cheese sauce called emadatse is the national dish of Bhutan. Chilies are
treated as a vegetable rather than a seasoning in the Bhutanese diet. A wide variety of fresh vegetables are a daily staple of the Bhutanese diet.
...Almost all Bhutanese meals consist of a generous helping of rice and one or more "curry" dishes. I quote
curry because of a lack of a better English word. In Dzongkha those dishes are called tshoem. The rice is
boiled (or steamed) and can be white polished rice (called ja chum)or a unique variety of Bhutanese rice
which is pink in color (called eue chum). The pink or red sice is heavier and has a slightly nutty flavour.
Outside Bhutan it can be found in some specialty food stores in some larger US cities like LA, SF and NY...
History of Bhutan
Independence: 8 August 1949 (from India)
Mystery surrounds Bhutan's distant past, as priceless irretrievable documents were lost in fires and
earthquakes. In the 8th century CE, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava or second Buddha) made his legendary
trip from Eastern Bhutan to Western Bhutan on the back of a flying tigress to subdue the evil spirits who
hindered Buddhism. After defeating them, he blessed them as guardians of the doctrine. thus introducing
Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan. Taktshang or Tigers Nest in the Paro Valley is where he landed and today it remains one of most sacred places in Bhutan.
It is believed that the name Bhutan is derived from the Sanskrit 'Bhotant', meaning 'the end of Tibet', or from
'Bhu-uttan', meaning 'high land'. Historically the Bhutanese have refered to their country as Druk Yul, 'land of
the thunder dragon'. Bhutanese refer to themselves as Drukpa people.
Rediscovering Bhutan - M.N. Gulati
This book is the story of ancient times in Bhutan, their history religion, culture, beliefs, politics. It is a complete source of informations and a reference tool on Bhutan.
Hardcover 413 pages (August 30, 2003); Publisher: Manas Publications; Language: English; ISBN: 8170491568
A political & religious history of Bhutan, 1651-1906 - C. T Dorji
Paperback 241 pages (1995); Publisher: Sangay Xam in collaboration with Prominent Publishers, Delhi, India; ISBN: 8186239030
Music, Arts & Culture of Bhutan, Events
Bhutan is an ancient kingdom secluded high in the eastern Himalayas. It has been visited by a great many
saints, mystics, scholars and pilgrims over the centuries who not only came for their personal elucidation, but
blessed the land and its people with an invaluable spiritual and cultural legacy that has shaped every facet of Bhutanese lives.
Music of Bhutan has traditional genres such as rigsar, zhungdra and boedra.
Music of Bhutan
Instruments, Religious music, Folk music, Popular music, Institutions.
Bhutan's artistic tradition has its roots in Buddhism with almost all representation in the arts running along the
prevailing theme of struggle between good and evil. A rare blend of Tibetan, Indian and Chinese traditional styles in characteristic Bhutanese setting, Bhutanese art is mostly symbolic.
Traditional Bhutanese arts, Characteristics of Bhutanese arts, Products, Institutions, Exhibitions, Selected examples of Bhutanese art.
Royal Academy of Performing Arts - located in Thimphu
Culture of Bhutan
Religion, Music, Cultural preservation, National dress code, Men and women in society, Bhutanese names,
Religious festivals, The monastery, Communication [ radio, television, internet, and movies ], Cuisine, and Sports.
Bhutan (Cultures of the World) - Robert Cooper
Library Binding 128 pages (March 2001); Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation; Language: English; ISBN: 0761411917
Tibetan Buddhist Rites from the Monasteries of Bhutan
Audio CD (March 21, 2005); Number of Discs: 2
Archery - Bhutan's national sport
With traditional competitions being held regularly in most villages.
Trongsa Tsechu Festival [ Trongsa ]
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