Bhutan, the land of thunder dragons is the best place to visit if you are looking for some fresh air and peace. It has welcomed modernization keep its foot connected to the deep roots of its ancient rich culture. If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and cherish a few moments in the lap of the magnificent Himalaya, Bhutan is the right destination for your vacation. Reasons for visiting Bhutan can be a long list, but it’s never a bad idea to jot down the main ones to encourage you to visit this beautiful land.
1. Land Of Happiness
Every country keeps an eye on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to measure the growth and development of the country. Apart from GDP, Bhutan has its own unique parameter to check the development of the country – Gross National Happiness (GNH). This is nothing but just an application of Buddhist values to take care of the nation’s well-being.
2. Boost To Spirituality
You can never find a place more calm and serene than Bhutan. The Buddhist values flow in their blood. You can hardly find any place in Bhutan where you can’t hear the mantras being chanted. Buddhism is more of a way of life to them than just a religion. There are several monasteries, and you can find monks flocking up almost everywhere performing their Buddhist rituals. Taktsang Goemba, also known as Tiger’s Nest monastery is the most prominent monasteries in Bhutan with a legendary tale. The tale is about Guru Riponche who flew on the clip where this monastery is located on a flaming tigress.
3. Hottest Food Ever
A country whose national food is “ema-datshi,” a dish prepared with hottest chilli and cheese, is a must go for the foodies/ food enthusiasts but obviously at their own risk. Bhutan is a country where chilli is not a seasoning item in the kitchen but the main ingredient for many alluring dishes.
4. A Must-Go For Trekking Enthusiasts
Since Bhutan is located in the lap of Himalaya, Trekking is an inevitable activity which comprises physically challenging mountain highs and lows. A trek to Zuri Dzong is the most tempting activity allowing a bird’s eye view to Paro valley with the magnificent green Himalaya in the backdrop. There may be some welcomed guests like snow or maybe some unwelcomed ones like leeches on your way. You may even meet some highlander and farmers who will tell you their hardship of staying there. The only silver lining to this dark yet desirable cloud is that you can hire ponies to carry your luggage.
5. High Value, Low Impact
This Government policy of “High Value, Low Impact” makes Bhutan one of the most expensive destinations. It is a smart strategy by Bhutan to raise revenue, provide best quality hospitality and preserve its own culture by keeping foreign influence at bay. One needs to spend the US $ 250 per tourist per day (except tourist from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives) during their visit to Bhutan.
6. Get Closer To Nature
Bhutan is a land of natural beauty. The scenic beauty of a stretch of green lush suddenly rising up steeply to form mountain is a relaxing sight for those who escaped from the concrete jungle. The place reflects its authenticity through the green mountain and passes. It is no wonder if you come across a beautiful rhododendron while your visit to spring. The rich flora and fauna are preserved safely in several National Parks. You are sure to come across some unique mammals and birds if you visit them.
7. Unique Pieces For Art Lovers
Pema Lingpa, a treasure discovered had introduced art to Bhutan in the 15th century. Since then, Bhutan has grown in the field of art to enhance and reflect their cultural values. Woodwork, stonework, carving, painting, sculpting, woodturning, blacksmithy, ornament making, bamboo work, paper making, tailoring, and weaving are the most popular and are collectively known as the Zorig Chusum. Every art lover will be delighted to witness these beautiful arts and craftwork.
8. Highest Unexplored Destination
Gankhar Puensum in Bhutan is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The very fact that it is an unexplored land makes the visit to Bhutan a more exciting affair. There are some more mountains such as Mount Jhomolhari, Jitchu Drake, etc. are still unexplored as mountaineering activities are prohibited. It is also due to the belief of the natives that high mountains are the adobes of deity and spirits. No matter if you cannot really reach out to the peaks of these mountains, even the sight of the unexplored dynasty soothes one’s eye.
The most colourful festival in Bhutan is Tsechu. It is a festival celebrated at different places at a different time of the year. Bhutan expresses its cultural richness, Buddhist values and legendary victories with pomp and shows during this festival. The monks and people dress up in their most colourful attire and present themselves through dance. Another festival that is worth mentioning is the Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival, which is also known to highlight “Dance of treasure”- Tercham. Tercham is a unique dance form performed by monks naked wearing only a colourful mask. Another fact that makes this festival to stand out is that it is presented in the middle of the night.
10. Refresh Your Mind With The Weather
Bhutan has remarkably demarcated seasons. You can clearly distinguish the five prominent seasons- summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. Bhutan can be hot and humid during summer while cool in summer. The eastern part of Bhutan is generally referred to be temperate and dry. One can choose to visit Bhutan according to the time of the year when his ideal climatic condition prevails.
Bhutan can rightly be denoted as a land of natural wonder and an adobe of peace. The rich and vibrant culture and artistic background of Bhutan can surely lighten up your soul and release all the stress of your humdrum life.