|A border is always
~ Larry McMurtry
~ American Writer
is Bhutan? Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas,
to the north, the Indian territories of Assam and West Bengal, to
the south and east, and Sikkim to the west. Bhutan
is a tiny country has a total area of about 47,00 square KM. Bhutan
is loacted in the heart of the high Himalayan mountain range, Bhutan
is a land-locked country like Nepal surrounded by mountains.The
sparsely populated Greater Himalayas, bounded to the north by the
Tibetan plateau, reach heights of over 7,300 meters (23,950ft.),
and extend southward losing height, to form the fertile valleys
of the Lesser Himalayas divided by the Wang, Sunkosh, Trongsa and
Manas Rivers. Monsoon influences promote dense forestation in this
region and alpine growth at higher altitudes. The cultivated central
uplands and Himalayan foothills support the majority of the population.
In the south, the Duars (the gates or doors; the traditional 18
points of access into Bhutan from the Indian plain.) drop sharply
away from the Himalayas into the large tracts of semi-tropical forest,
savannah grassland and bamboo jungles. Bhutan has remained a hidden
Kingdom by choice for many years. Today, it has opened its door
to visitors, and a small number of people are welcome to explore
- People and Culture: Bhutan, often referred to
as the Land of Thunder Dragon, is a land where the chief state religion
is Mahayana Buddhism, meaning greater wheel. The locals are seen
in their traditional costumes. Short cultural trips of one week
to Bhutan can be added on to your holiday in Nepal.
Bhutan Cultural Tour:
Bhutan is locally known as Drukyul - the Land of Thunder Dragon.
Trips in Bhutan includes visit to old forts, palaces, monasteries,
farm house and National museum sightseeing of Satsam Chorten, Taktsang
Monastery, Memorial Chorten, National Library, Handicrafts emporium
and Tashichho Dzong. Drive to Punakha, across the Dochula Pass and
visit. Punaka Dzong. Visit a typical farm house where traditional
buttered tea with "Zaw" (puffed rice) will be served.
See our sponsor's website for more details about Bhutan trip. They
will give you a reason to get up early. Check out their programs
to find out how.
How to get there?
Druk Air flies every Monday and Thursday between Kathmandu &
Paro- Cost for one way trip is US$ 190 per person & US$ 380
for round trip.The national airline of Bhutan/Druk Air operates
with connection from Calcutta, Delhi, Dacca and Bangkok. You may
also enter/exit Bhutan by overland transportation, stopping in route
at Silkkim & Darjeeling (India). (Air fare schedules & price
are subject to change at short notice) Diplomats (holding passport)
accredited to Bhutan shall be offered 25% discount in tour cost-minimum
2 Pax and above required. Visitors must book their passage through
one of the 80 registered tour operators in Bhutan. They can either
approach the operator directly or contact their counterparts abroad.
The minimum daily tariff is set by the Department
of Tourism, Bhutan and can not be negotiated. (these rates can be
higher, depending on the nature of services desired beyond the set
entitlement). The rate is the same for both cultural tours and treks.
Photography in some of the Monasteries & Djongs are not allowed.
Don't take 16 mm film camera with you which is prohibited in Bhutan.
have different package tour programs to this unique land. They will
give you a reason to get up early. Please check out their Programs
to find out how. A trip not be missed in this lifetime!
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