Bhutan travel: Experience Happiness in the Himalayan Kingdom
Above Picture: Punakha Dzong, Punakha district, Bhutan (King and Queen of Bhutan got married here)
I recently visited this beautiful country Bhutan. It’s was an amazingly happy experience.
The air smells fresh with scent of the pine trees. Being the only carbon negative country in the world. By taking a flight from New Delhi, India to Bhutan one can soak in the Himalayan mountain range view from the flight window. I was literally spell bound when the plane was flying across Himalayan snow clad mountain range.
People: Bhutanese people are beautiful, friendly, smiling and have great sense of national integrity. They behave in compassionate way with you. I felt like a human there.
Food: If you love organic food, buckwheat noodles, soups, momos, non-vegetarian food, dairy products. They are famous for their red chillies,cheese, peach wine. There are many guest houses, restaurants serving local Bhutanese cuisine. A visit to the centenary farmers market in Thimphu would make the trip worth while. I would say simply delicious.
Sightseeing: Every region of Bhutan has spiritual significance. There are many sights having Buddhist monasteries, Palaces, Dzongs, colourful Festivals with mask dances (which happen year round region specific) and of course the lovely picturesque nature.
Exercise: If you want to make your health your priority this is it. This country offers many trekking, hiking activities which one can enjoy. Very famous being the trek to the Tiger’s Nest monastery situated in Paro, Bhutan.
Hot stone bath: Traditionally Bhutanese hot stone bath to be experienced, to sooth the aches, muscle pains of the body.
Shopping: one can shop the national traditional outfit worn by the beautiful Bhutanese ladies called Kira( long skirt) , tego (blouse). Traditional Bhutanese jewellery is available at many shops situated in Thimphu and Paro.
Black-necked crane festival in Phobjikha valley, Bhutan
Are you a bird-watching enthusiast? An ornithologists? or loves wildlife birds,nature?
then head to Phobjikha valley, Bhutan. The world's endangered, rare migratory black necked cranes come all the way from Tibet to Phobjikha valley, Bhutan during the winter months. They are the most beautiful birds i have seen in natural setting.
How to go to Phobjikha valley?
The drive from Punakha to Phobjikha valley is aprroximately 4 and half hours and is bit bumpy. The drive offers great scenic view of the various flora and fauna, Bhutanese villages and yak animals to keep you entertained.
The Phobjikha valley is u shaped glacial wetland located in the central Bhutan. The place has human habitation, potato farming is done here.
Black necked crane information centre:
Upon arrival in the valley first visit the information centre initiative by Royal Society For Protection of Nautre(RSPN). Where in you are provided with information about the place . Present are the spotting scopes to see the black necked cranes in the valley. They have kept an injured crane named Karma at this centre. So one can catch close up glimpse of the crane and provide donation .To keep a memorable one can purchase post cards, stamps at this place. Also enquire about the local home stays, treks.
Annual black necked crane festival: held in month of November at the Gangteng Monestary. It a spectacular sightseeing with crane mask song, dance. The festival is celebration of the arrival of the black necked crane in the valley during the winter months. It is part of the ecotourism. As the Bhutan country and its people value the importance of nature, conservation. The festivals plays an important part in preserving, protecting the nature and its inhabitants. Apart from this festival many other festival take place year long in the great Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
One must visit this carbon negative country to see how the locals celebrate the rich biodiversity this place has to offer and values and traditions kept by the people.
p.s. i had visited this place in end of February month.
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