If you think that travelling to Bhutan may not be a very touristy thing to do, let us tell you that you are mistaken. Bhutan is no ordinary place and is surely a bliss for any traveler. While the country has developed a lot over the years and comprises of various modern amenities, you would be rest assured to know that it is still rooted in its past and still has its old mediaeval charm. The best part about this country is that while a rapid modernization has taken place here, they have ensured that the country does not lose its soul.
Bhutan: A paradise on Earth
In fact it is probably one of the best countries that has the best government policies in terms of protecting the environment, promoting its culture and tradition and most importantly its socio-economic development. Emphasis here is always placed on the people living here and how it can benefit the people.
In fact the government of Bhutan follow the policy of high-value/low volume tourism that has helped in keeping foreign influences at bay. This is the reason why this country is surely worth a visit and will clearly give you an enthralling experience. It is not only a visual treat but also a spiritual treat for all the visitors here.
We at Hey Raahi, have today listed down some reasons that rightly prove why you need to visit Bhutan:
The Taktsang Goemba
Considered as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan, it is situated at a cliff of 3000 m at the north of Paro. Constructed in the year 1692, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this cliff from Tibet with a flaming tigress. This beautiful monastery, is worth a visit if you are looking for some peace.
Bhutanese festivals are one of its kind and are surely something that you need to witness if you want to understand the Bhutanese culture and traditions. One such festival is Tsechus or Tsechu which is an annual religious festival conducted in Bhutan. In fact this festival is conducted in almost all the major monasteries of Bhutan. You can witness massive social gatherings here where individuals from all around the country gather together to witness amazing dances and other cultural performances. The beautiful colors of their outfits, the songs they sing and the dances they perform are definitely a treat for the eyes.
Dzong is the term used by the Bhutanese People for forts they built in ancient times. These were ancient forts which are today used by the government as administrative centers. They comprise of a typical witness architecture and is generally decorated with different colors and shapes. A very unique fact about these Dzongs is that they were actually constructed without using even a single nail.
Gross national happiness
We bet you have never been to a country where the government measures the quality of life based on the mental and spiritual well-being of its people. This is probably one of the best part about Bhutan and the reason why Bhutan’s development has been stable and growing over the years. The gross national happiness is an alternative development philosophy that is followed by the Government of Bhutan which helps them to improve the quality of life of the people. Now who wouldn’t want to travel to a country that is surrounded by people who are happy and contented, right?
Highest mountain peaks
For all the adventure junkies out there let us tell you that Bhutan also comprises of some highest and climbed a mountain peaks in the world like the Mount Jhomolhari & Mount Drake. However if you are planning to go on a trek on one of these mountains let us tell you that the government has prohibited anybody from doing so as the Bhutanese people generally believe that the mountains are an adobe for the deities and spirits.
The country of Bhutan will never fail to entertain any tourist. This beautiful country is filled with many tourist destinations that will surely keep you engaged throughout your tours. The museums and monuments of Bhutan have been constructed in the eighth century and will surely give you a unique experience of exploring the Bhutanese culture.
13 unique arts & crafts
Also called as the Zorig Chusum by the Bhutanese people, The 13 unique arts and crafts are said to be rooted in the Buddhist history. They comprise of woodwork, carving, painting, sculpting, bamboo work, papermaking etc. Introduced in the 15th century in the country of Bhutan, these amazing crafts are truly mesmerizing and amazing.
Were you aware about the fact that Bhutan is the only country in the entire world where chilies are not considered as a spice but in fact as a vegetable? In fact Bhutan’s national dish called as the Ems Datshi is made up of chili and cheese stew served with some hot rice. Although if you are not someone who can tolerate spicy food we recommend you may only try a small sample that too at your own risk!
The country of Bhutan is a spiritual Heaven. The people here do not consider Buddhism as a religion but in fact follow it as a way of their life. This is probably one of the reasons why Bhutan is people are considered to be very peaceful and calm. In fact that is also one reason why Bhutan is people are said to be happier. So if you really want to get away from the noise and chaos you can also be a part of the meditation retreats.
We hope these reasons have helped you make up your mind to visit the beautiful country of Bhutan. And while it is true that you have to pay a minimum tourist fee when travelling here, we guarantee that is going to be worth it!