Experience Bhutanese living national art of weaving, its style, and techniques. Get to know how local dress and textiles are made by women and men. The knowledge and skills required to create these textiles have been passed down through matriarchal and Buddhist Lama lineages for countless generations. Bhutanese unique designs represent the most intricate patterning of any textile art in the world. Enjoy how Bhutanese textiles serve as a cultural repository which, having developed over the centuries, still plays a critical role in all religious, official and social events. These textiles possess great spiritual significance. Buddhist scholars believe that symbols and design elements found on Bhutanese textiles represent glyphs manifesting ancient wisdom.
The concealed corners of Bhutan offer captivating sights and opulent ethnic heritage, making it a perfect place for a tour or trekking adventure. Bhutan's diverse scenery of soaring landscapes command our attention. To explore this, we take to alpine settings at the highest points and the primeval forests and mountains of Bhutan’s enchanting remote expanses, the core of Himalayas’ beautiful and tranquil settings and trails, untraveled and isolated.
Our cultural encounter begins at Kathmandu, Nepal where you will explore ancient monuments, stroll around palace squares and witness a sumptuous blend of culture, history and traditions. In Bhutan, we shall combine the exploration of Bhutan’s cultural heritage with the exceptional Druk Path Trek. Visiting the renowned Tiger’s Nest Monastery, we embark on our trek from Jangchu Lakha. To the highest points in the country, this trek touches a remarkable range of environs and thrilling trails with classic views of the soaring peaks of Mount Gangkar Puensum standing tall at (7570m/24835ft ).
This trek is followed by a tour of the capital and then a beautiful short hike will take us to Lungchutse Monastery and to a place that brings you fascinating views accessible nowhere else. Mountains like Jhomolhari, Kang Bum and Gangchhenta can be seen across the stark, vast stretch of Bhutan’s mystical wilderness that concludes this cultural yet adventurous trip.
As you espy the snow capped mountains from your arriving plane, or standing at Lake Fewa in Pokhara where the mountains tower over the scenery like the sets painted for a movie.
Punakha is a literal mosaic of cultural and spiritual traditions that has been extraordinarily influenced by Buddhist principles and unique Bhutanese lifestyle and history.
The fascinating events of Bhutan’s festivals are filled with history, culture and traditions still continued with the same commitment and devotion. Titled “Bhutan’s festival tour”, one must make this journey at least once, to understand Bhutan’s deeply religious roots.
From the magnificent Jambay Lhakhang of Bumthang to the Punakha Dzong, sheltering the world’s most diverse Himalayan ecosystems, to finding an unsullied perspective on the culture of Bhutan, Festival tours are exciting and special.
Bumthang is a district in Central Bhutan. It is known for its four major valleys: Chokhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. As a part of a conventional Bhutan tour, Bumthang is meant to be an enlightening short but insightful odyssey but not much focus is put upon exploring this magnificent place.
The history and culture of a country, a civilization, and ways of knowing and believing are transmitted to us through stories and information. The idea of preserving stories for perpetuity and posterity is not a new one because those who read before they travel are exposed to a staggering array of information that can help them appreciate the uniqueness of a destination. Other than guidebooks, reading about places and the experiences of a writer, give back information that pull back the curtain of ignorance and make you seem less of an outsider. These books are like guides that prepare you for various aspects of your journey and because of their interesting narrative (they are not always objective), you will also to be able to understand the mystical side of things, rather than just the physical. It lets you in on those normal conversations and personal opinions while giving you information about the land and its people. These books aren’t there to just help you reach from one destination to the other; it is about letting you into people’s lives, so that you can find a connection with them. These books can be an enormous resource for research and travel planning, but they are also fun to read and are enlightening, more than often. They allow readers to reflect, internalize and take ownership of another culture and carry it with them even after the destination is long gone and what remains are only memories.