We were down at the bar in town enjoying a local beer (Druk 11000 “Super Strong”) when Randall received a text from a Bhutanese contact he had made, proposing a bike ride the next morning. When he read the message to me, I envisaged a meandering, casual ride around town to help get our bearings, followed by a friendly cup of tea. What was on offer, however, was something very different – a 110km ride from Thimphu to Paro and back again, along the winding roads just above the valley floor. As our first social invitation, we were certainly not going to turn it down, despite not being acclimatised to the 2,350m where we’d landed only two days earlier.
Festivals of Bhutan are a must-see on all visitors list of things to do in Bhutan. Every temple in every village in every valley has its own festival, 100s of years old. Unlike festivals elsewhere, the festivals of Bhutan are almost always religious in nature, with mask dances as the predominant performance. If you are visiting Bhutan, you should time your visit with one of the festivals in our festivals list. The list has the all the major festivals in Bhutan.
Once a year a Dzong or an important village may hold a religious festival called a Tsechu. Villagers from the nearby villagest come for several days of religious observances and socializing while contributing auspicious offerings to the monastery of the festival.
Bhutan’s forests provide a safe haven for the rufous-necked hornbill, a bird that is classified vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Birdlife International, according to a Thrumshingla National Park (TNP) officials.
The sacred Thimphu Drubchen (popularly known as Thimphu Dromchoey) was performed today at the Thimphu Tashichhodzong. The sacred masked dance is dedicated to appeasing the protecting deity of Bhutan, Pelden Lhamo.
Thimphu Drubchen and Thimphu Tshechu are just around the corner. Thimphu Drubchen is on 24 September, and Thimphu Tshechu on 28, 29 and 30 September. These festivals which take place in the Thimphu Tashichhodzong, is a major tourist attraction in the fall.
After covering more than 59,275 km on his bicycle around the world, Alvaro Neil is all smiles and looks strong. Yesterday, the 41-year-old Spaniard adventurer was in Thimphu on the road toward fulfilling a dream he calls “Miles of Smiles Around the World.”
With the Bhutanese handicraft generating a lot of revenue besides maintaining the country’s unique culture and tradition, the need for an electronic payment network, managing payments among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses and government entities is rising.