Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon always intrigued me. I always wanted to visit it and finally my dream came true and off I went on a soul-searching trip to the most elusive and tranquil destination I have ever seen.So, here, I have compiled a list of 10 Reasons to make Bhutan your next travel destination.
Palace of the King of Bhutan
1. Easy for Indians to Travel:
The stunning Paro Airport
If you are holding a valid Indian Passport then you do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. You just need a permit and the otherwise exorbitant minimum daily package required for all tourists is also relaxed for Indians so “difficult to travel” cannot be taken as a valid excuse.
2. It’s the Happiest Country in the World
The wonderful people of Bhutan
Bhutan’s constitution follows Gross National Happiness. It’s the only country which emphasizes on Gross National Happiness than Gross National Product. Bhutan focuses on development with value means the spiritual and personal development of the people along with commercialization.
3. Natural Beauty
Lush greenery and waterfalls with mountains as a backdrop are a common sight
The Kanchenjunga rises above the clouds
72% percent of Bhutan is under forest cover and a carbon neutral country. It’s a biodiversity hot-spot. It’s a country of mountains and valleys. The journey of this beautiful place starts with the incredible view of the snow peaked Himalayas as the plane touches Bhutan. The valleys covered with Rhododendrons are a sight to behold. In fact the Takin – National animal is also very rare and linked to legendary stories.
4. Tiger’s Nest
The Breathtaking Tiger’s Nest
Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest is a sacred Monastery perched 900 meters above the ground on a cliff in the upper Paro Valley. This place is so stunning that no trip to Bhutan will ever be complete without a visit here. Built in 1692, it still functions as a monastery.
The 52m high Buddha Dordenma Statue
Buddhism reflects everywhere in this country. The Stupas, monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, Djongs, prayer wheels, temples, red robed Buddhist monks are almost a part of the landscape of this beautiful country and so are the sound of chants, chimes and gongs.
Spiritual and Material Happiness are equally important
Bhutan is a beautiful country with 7,000,000 beautiful people. The people here are warm, simple and multi-ethnic. It’s hard to find a country where a king lives a simple life-like his subjects without any fanfare. Their main aim is environment sustainability and cultural preservation.
A traditional Bhutanese Tea Pot
Bhutan does not believe in pesticides and chemicals hence all the food here is homegrown and organic. Chilies are integral to Bhutanese cuisine. In fact their national dish – Ema Datshi is a cheesy gravy loaded with big green chilies.
8. Cultural Art and Heritage
Another beautiful Statue
They celebrate their art and culture. Even though they have embraced modernization their desire to preserve the culture and nature is of utmost importance. Almost everyone, irrespective of their age wear their National dress.
The Market at Thimpu
The people here value their natural resources hence they have mastered the art of weaving cane, bamboo products and textiles. A lot of handicrafts are available here along with jewelry and Bhutanese souvenirs too.
10. To find yourself
The Laidback Traveller
This country so full of beauty and tranquility where the people are happy, there is zero pollution, landscape is stunning that it is so easy to forget the pressures of city life and disconnect yourself from the clutches of modernization and reconnect with your inner self.