(Last Shangri La- the Hidden Kingdom)
This Hidden Kingdom of Bhutan has a great geographical diversity consisting of everything from lush plains to snowy peaks. The country stretches from subtropical valleys and plains to snowcapped mountain ranges. This landscape makes it the perfect place to trek through the majestic valleys or steep mountains to visit ancient architecture and Buddhist temples. Bhutan is highly influenced by Chinese cultural and resides Buddhism as it’s centric religion. The architecture of Bhutan is largely traditional and consists of buildings made from rammed other and other organic materials. Isolated from the outside world for centuries, rich in heritage, culture and biodiversity Bhutan is referred to as the ‘Last Shangri La’ for its untouched natural resources.
Gangkhar Puensum is Bhutan’s highest peak and may also be the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The wildlife of Bhutan is notable for its diversity. Jomolhari mountain, Punkha Dzong, Tashichho Dzong, Tiger’s Nest monastery, Paro valley, unique culture and other monasteries are the major attraction within the country. Centuries old sacred Buddhist monasteries, endless stretches of forest to explore the wildlife, decorated corridors of old palaces and verdant valleys views from ancient fortresses built by Bhutanese kings makes it quite popular travel destination.
The King is also referred “The Dragon King”. Festivals in the Land of the Thunder Dragon are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylized masked dance rituals are performed. This secluded land has a rich history embedded into the society and shows through the festival reenactments. Bhutan’s ancient cultural traditions have continued to grow despite the current technological restructuring.
Bhutan is a must visit before you die kind of place with its uniqueness and history, there is so much one can learn by observing the traditions and teachings of the Bhutanese. Come to Bhutan and fall in love indulging in rice wine and variety of pork dishes. Don’t miss this marvelous experience.