Bhutan's Druk Path Trek...in Two Days
12 Feb 2017

Bhutan’s Druk Path Trek…in Two Days

We were short on time. “It says here that most people do the Druk Path in six days.” “Well, in four days I have to leave the country. In three days, you have to leave the country. So we better do it in two.” It was reluctantly decided. My friends

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Places in Central Bhutan that You Can't Miss
24 Jan 2017

Places in Central Bhutan You Can’t Miss

While most travelers to Bhutan visit the capital city Thimpu and Paro (known for the Tiger’s Nest monastery), Bhutan offers much more if you have a bit longer. Many travelers skip Central Bhutan (either due to lack of time or because of the poor road conditions), but this is a

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06 Dec 2016

Trek to Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

Perched in the hills to the north of Paro in Bhutan is a complex of white, fortress-like walls topped by wide, flat roofs that look like fans spread out to hold everything steady. Through the morning mist it seems as if it can only be magic preventing the whole structure

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The Brokpa People of Bhutan
30 Nov 2016

The Brokpa People of Bhutan

Some of the most remote villages in Bhutan are found on the far eastern side of the country. It is the land of the Brokpa people. According to their oral history, the Brokpa originate from Tibet and came to Bhutan after they beheaded a tyrannical king in their ancestral village.

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The Friendly Phalli that Protect Bhutan
10 Nov 2016

The Friendly Phalli that Protect Bhutan

Shafts of soft light filter into the dusky inner sanctum, illuminating unfurling incense tendrils, their haze slightly obscuring the fading dharmachakra images and murals imprinted across the temple’s ancient walls. Dropping ngultrum notes into the bowl, I bow my head with hands in contemplation pose, waiting for the wang (blessing)

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Bhutan's Colourful Tshechu Festival
27 Oct 2016

Stunning Images of Bhutan’s Colourful Tshechu Festival

The Tshechu Festival is celebrated every November in Lhuentse, one of the easternmost districts of Bhutan. The festival’s remote location puts it among the least-visited festivals, from a tourist perspective. It also just happens to be one of the most lively and colorful festivals in the country. Visit the festival

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Nilgiri and Rhododendrons
13 Oct 2016

Trek Among Blooming Rhododendrons in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan

Rhododendron in Nepal is known as Gurans; it is indigenous to the High Himalayas, and is also the national flower of Nepal. Indo-Burma and South Central China are considered biodiversity hotspots—that is, areas of high animal and plant diversity, but with high rates of habitat destruction. One group of plants

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Photo; Piet Van Der Poel
11 Apr 2015

Cycling in Bhutan

The first known bicycle in Thimphu was a Hong Kong made Raleigh racing bike, imported around 1971 by Prince Namgyel, then Minister of Trade, Industry and Forests, who wanted to set a good example and cycle to work. Back in 1993 when I first arrived in Bhutan, bicycles were rare

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10 Apr 2015

Mountaineering in Bhutan: Protected Peaks

Though Bhutan did briefly open up for mountaineering in the early 1980s, by the mid 1990s climbing peaks above 6,000m was prohibited and in 2003 Bhutan mountaineering was banned altogether. This was done primarily to respect the beliefs of the local communities who attached strong spiritual value to the mountains, and wanted

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Takstang Monastery.
10 Apr 2015

How to travel to Bhutan: Reaching the land of the Thunder Dragon

When Bhutan finally came out of isolation in the latter part of the 20th century, it made a very important decision about how its tourism industry was going to operate. Instead of the backpacker-style independent travel offered in nearby Nepal and neighbouring India, Bhutan opted for high-end, small scale tourism

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