Bhutan: The Land of Gross Happiness

Bhutan: The Land of Gross Happiness

Bhutan: The Land of Gross Happiness

Bhutan is located at the eastern side of the Himalaya and is encircled on the North by China and on the rest sides by India. Its landscape consists of subtropical plains and Himalayan range with some mountains over 7000 meters. It experiences regular onslaughts of storm in its Himalayan region. As such, Bhutan is also called “The Land of Peaceful Thunder Dragon”. Bhutan is known for its stunning mountain sights, picturesque beauty spread all over the 18000 miles of its territory. The abundance of some rare wild lives, its Buddhist culture and lifestyle, magnificent architectures of monasteries, exquisitely carved wooden dwellings and liberal sprinkling of fine crafts makes this country an extraordinary place for travel and tourism. This is the only country where Gross national Happiness is measured and happiness is never one sided. The visitors get full warmth of such happiness.

One can reach Bhutan by air. The only airline that connects Bhutan to the outside world is Druk Air. The airport is a 2 hours drive from the seat of Bhutan. Bhutan is linked by road to equally scenic hill stations namely, Gangtok and Darjeeling in India. It takes about 7 hours drive. Comfortable buses and cars are in plenty run between these places and Bhutan.

Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan is at a height of 2300 meters and is one of the smallest capitals. It traditional art, culture, craft, architecture, monasteries, carved houses looks heavenly under the backdrop of crystal clear blue sky and virgin sun rays. The festival of dances organized in Thimpu are something special to savor and memories to take back home. Paro valley is another place which is an extension of Thimpu but with more powerful landscape that will leave you spellbound.

Tongsa spearheads the historical sites where an ancestral abode of the royal family is a sight to see. If you want to be among hand woven textiles par excellence then this place offers you several good shopping places.Bumthang Valley is the religious center of Bhutan interlaced with spectacular natural scenes and several old forts. Mongar fort will show you the latest trend in architecture built in 1930 without the aid of any drawings. Lhuntse fort (1654) is one of the most primeval exhibitions of Bhutan architect placing before you the rich heritage.

The richness and beauty carved in soft petals are specialty of flora bank in Bhutan. You will see the Blue Poppy, the national flower of Bhutan. Take a 30o view from the bottom; you shall be mesmerized to find the colour scheme of blue of the flower against a blue back drop of the nascent sky. There are several other flowers that are only found in the hilly terrain of the Himalayas such as Juniper, Edelweiss, Magnolias, and the Himalayan Orchids, and giant Rhubarb all such rarities blossoming beneath the shelter of pine trees, oak trees and several other tropical trees.

You shall have an eyeful meeting with the red pandas, the musk deer and the golden langur. You may find the snow leopard languishing somewhere distant. If you wish to have a tour to behold such beauties then there is Jigme Dorji National Park with all the facilities at your behest.