A powerful snowstorm on February 25 blew away roofs of more than 50 houses, school buildings and a veterinary clinic in Merak, Trashigang.
Punakha Drubchen is from the 3 – 5 of March, followed by the Punakha Tshechu from 6 – 8 of March, 2009. These important historical and religious festivals are held every year around this time of the year in the Punakha Dzong. Check out the links below for some useful information on these two festivals.
It’s now winter but Thinley, a farmer in Trongsa is looking forward to next autumn. Not that he’s particularly crazy about the season, though things may seem nicer then. What he’s excited about is the stream of tourists that the fall delivers.
My visit to Ungar in Lhuentse was one of the best experiences of my journalistic life. The trip was refreshingly different. It was a trip with the Secretary of Gross National Happiness Commission to one of the farthest and poorest villages in Bhutan.
The authorities want to preserve this village as it is, in its traditional medieval form – to attract tourists – but some villagers are not keen on the status quo and are instead pushing for an overall change in the scenario.
Some distance above Ungar village in Metso Gewog in Lhuentse is a curiously tilted ridge which the locals say houses and represents the village’s guardian deity, Phushing Liphung Tsangpo.
Thimphu will be one of the cleanest cities in the world by 2011, assured the prime minister, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley.
It is almost midnight. The temperature has dropped to 2 degree Celsius. A large gathering of devotees wait in anticipation huddled near Jampa lhakhang in Bumthang, their eyes on the monastery’s main door.
Having stood as a silent observer of the slowly changing face of northern Paro valley for over half a century, the ruined Drukgyal Dzong has now undergone changes and become a tourist attraction now more than ever.
If walls could speak the Semtokha Dzong would tell fascinating stories of the days when the Bhutanese polity was established, when fact and mythology merged to form Bhutanese history.