Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, strikes a beautiful balance between the sacred and the secular, old and new, sound and silence, and form and function.
Bhutan received 64,028 tourists in 2011, recording a 56.65 percent growth, the highest in the Bhutanese tourism history, according to Tourism Council of Bhutan’s annual report for 2011.
This diminutive man from Dotey has been performing mask dance now for thirty years and counting. If health permits, Kaka expects to perform at the Paro Tshechu for another 10 years.
The Bhutanese tourism industry earned USD 47.68m from tourists last year, up by 32.52 percent from the previous year. Of this, The royalty generated for the country was USD 14.89m.
Tourism Council officials said these earnings do not include revenue from other sectors like airline, handicraft, and out-of-pocket spending.
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.
For the last 13 years, Jordhen has been entertaining guests in her old two-storied traditional house in Bangbangla village in Gongdue Gewog, Mongar. Her work is to feed guests coming to the Gewog, and also provide shelter, if they choose to stay at her house.
Jordhen is the village’s Tosop, a responsibility given by the local government.
Here is a short history of 3 structures built in the early 20th century under the patronage of the local chief, Dzongpon Kunzang Thinley. Two of these structures were built in the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong, and one in its proximity. While one of them has been demolished, two are still standing.
Bhutan is a landlocked country, approximately 300 km long and 150 km wide, with an overall size of 38,394 square kilometres. It is situated along the southern slopes of the Himalayan range, bounded by Tibet in the North, India from the other sides.