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Kingdom of Bhutan – A Romance with Nature

Tatsang Monastry, Paro, Bhutan Corridors of Power - The Courtyard at Paro Dazong, Bhutan Mount Everest from 30000 Feet The Bhutanese Mask Dance A Deity @ Paro Dazong
Sumit Malhotra

Bhutan – A country I visited just once, and fell in love with.

The visit was whirl-windy but made me feel as if I was at the centre of a never known bliss. Nestled in Eastern Himalayas, the grandeur of landlocked Bhutan is addictive. It indeed makes you feel as if you were in abode of Gods. It is surprising that in modern times, the Kingdom of Bhutan has been able to preserve its culture and traditional lifestyle. The use of traditionally woven garments “Kira & Toego” for ladies and “Gho & Kabney” for the gentlemen is seen all over. The high perched prayer flags, the ancient architecture as well as the environment speak even more volumes about this preservation.

Bhutan is a land of monks, Dzongs, Monasteries, and the pristine Himalayas. Its quiet and serene with beauty that is unmatched with any other place I have ever been. The people are warm and charm you with their simplicity and politeness. The life moves at a slow pace that adds to the charm. No wonder Bhutan believes in “Gross National Happiness” for its people and not the “Gross National Product”. This is the an inspiration that guides every aspect of Bhutan’s development.

Tourism is restricted and backpacker and independent-style travel is almost unheard of. Visitors to Bhutan are required to travel as part of a pre-arranged package or guided tour. The hit is a minimum $US250 per day tourist fee. Check this link out for details.

Bhutanese food is simply made. Various kinds of soups and stews of meat (pork, beef) and dried vegetables spiced with chillies and cheese (yak and cow milk based) are prepared. Ema datshi, made very spicy with cheese (Ema) and chilies (Datshi), is the national dish for its ubiquity and the pride that Bhutanese people have for it.

Some pictures in and around Bhutan, a country of impossible beauty and charm, follow from a past visit. Savour them and fall in love with what I call Shangri La – the Earthly Paradise.

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