Put on your best clothing, learn about the culture and history of this beautiful place and join in the festivities, says Avril-Ann Braganza.
If you’re in Bhutan between 25th February and 2nd March this year and enjoy festivals, you might want to attend the Punakha Tshechu and Drubchen in Punakha.
Bhutan’s strategy of “low volume, high quality” tourism has made it a highly-regarded destination among discerning travellers. It costs an official USD 250 per day per person to sample the charms of this isolated Himalayan kingdom, an amount that includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.
There is an ethereal beauty to Bhutan that visitors just can’t get enough of.
It was just after 11pm, Wednesday, in the western town of Paro, Bhutan. It was also Ladies’ Night, and we were walking towards Destiny Club disco to celebrate the last night of our trip. Young girls in mini-skirts and heels overtook our big group, checked out our casual clothes and said: “Tourism day?”
Jerome Oregan and Alison Dyer is a couple from South Africa. This is the first time they are visiting Bhutan. They sit near the Taa Dzong (which houses the Museum of Monarchy) in Trongsa and watch birds before they begin their tour of the Museum. Jerome and Alison are here for few days. Like them there are many tourists visiting the museum ever since it was started in 2008. It has become one of the popular tourist destinations in Trongsa.
Thimphu, with a population of about 104,214 people is the capital of Bhutan. Thimphu is also the biggest and the most cosmopolitant city in Bhutan. Besides many attractions, Thimphu is also famous for being one of two national capitals in Asia that does not have traffic lights (the other is Pyongyang, North Korea).
Trongsa lies smack in the center of the country. Due to this feature, in the olden days when Bhutan was made up of many smaller power holds, the one that controlled Trongsa was the most influential and thus considered the strongest.
Bumthang, considered by the Bhutanese as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, has some of the most ancient and precious Buddhist sites. The age-old indegenious traditions are very much alive, and it is a unique example of original Himalayan culture which adds to the number of distinctive priceless assets of Bhutan. Bumthang is a must-vist destination if you have a week in Bhutan.
About 26 different festivals are held in Bumthang every year. The Tenda Tshechu of Kharchu Dratshang is one of them. It is one of the most auspicious and unique festivals in Bumthanhg.