2020 Bucket-list – Bhutan

 ” Stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it. ”

                                                   Annette White

Bhutan is a mountainous country of extremely high altitudes and irregular, often precipitous terrain, which may vary in elevation by several thousand feet within a short distance. Elevation generally increases from south to north.

The mountains are a series of parallel north-south ranges which also makes it easier for hiking and trekking throughout the places in Bhutan. Most of the tourist are seen hiking, trekking and camping. Bhutan  is one of the unique countries with its natural beauty, forest conservation, gross national happiness, great culture & heritage and biodiversity. Bhutan covers 72% forest area of the country which is one of the large biodiversity places in the world. What are you waiting for?

Amazing Dragon Holidays commits to offer fulfilling experiences, it can be any types of holiday. Confused? Whether to hike or trek? Cultural Sight-seeing or Festival? or Honeymoon? hmm Vacation?

Just mention anything you want us to include in your holidays we will make it easier for you. Short holidays to long vacation. The itinerary will be solely of your taste. Believe it or not, we are “Your True Holiday Partner”.

 

Scroll down to see what’s coming next in year 2020 and for more please contact us.

If you wish to visit during this festival.

Festival Destination Start Date End Date
Punakha Drubchen Punakha Mar 02, 2020 Mar 04, 2020
Punakha Tshechu Punakha Mar 05, 2020 Mar 07, 2020
Tharpaling Thongdrol Bumthang Mar 09, 2020
Gasa Tshechu Gasa Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Zhemgang Tshechu Zhemgang Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Talo Tshechu Punakha Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Gomphukora Trashigang Apr 01, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
Paro Tshechu Paro Apr 04, 2020 Apr 08, 2020
Chhorten Kora Trashi Yangtse Apr 08, 2020 Apr 22, 2020
Domkhar Tshechu Bumthang May 03, 2020 May 05, 2020
Ura Yakchoe Bumthang May 04, 2020 May 08, 2020
Nimalung Tshechu Bumthang Jun 30, 2020 Jul 01, 2020
Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang Jun 30, 2020
Tour of the Dragon Bumthang Sep 05, 2020
Thimphu Drubchen Thimphu Sep 22, 2020
Wangdue Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Sep 24, 2020 Sep 26, 2020
Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Bumthang Sep 26, 2020 Sep 28, 2020
Thimphu Tshechu Thimphu Sep 26, 2020 Sep 28, 2020
Gangtey Tshechu Wangdue Phodrang Sep 28, 2020 Oct 01, 2020
Thangbi Mani Bumthang Sep 29, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Jakar Tshechu Bumthang Oct 23, 2020 Oct 27, 2020
Chhukha Tshechu Chukha Oct 24, 2020 Oct 26, 2020
Dechenphu Tshechu Thimphu Oct 26, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Bumthang Oct 31, 2020 Nov 03, 2020
Prakhar Duchhoed Bumthang Nov 01, 2020 Nov 03, 2020
Black Necked Crane Festival Wangdue Phodrang Nov 11, 2020
Mongar Tshechu Mongar Nov 21, 2020 Nov 24, 2020
Pemagatshel Tshechu Pemagatshel Nov 21, 2020 Nov 24, 2020
Trashigang Tshechu Trashigang Nov 22, 2020 Nov 25, 2020
Nalakhar Tshechu Bumthang Nov 30, 2020 Dec 02, 2020
Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham Bumthang Nov 30, 2020
Trongsa Tshechu Trongsa Dec 10, 2020 Dec 13, 2020
Druk Wangyel Tshechu Thimphu Dec 13, 2020
Lhuentse Tshechu Lhuentse Dec 21, 2020 Dec 24, 2020
Nabji Lhakhang Drup Trongsa Dec 29, 2020 Dec 31, 2020

We will be more than delighted to answer your questions.  Memorial Chorten

Paro Taktsang – Tiger’s Nest

Paro Taktsang Dzongkhag is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site, the temple complex is situated in the upper Paro Valley in Bhutan, the land of thunder dragon. Also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s nest, this place is surrounded by pristine scenery and carries a lot of religious and historical significance. This is one of the most renowned spots of Bhutan and is massively loved by the tourists. Many visitors state that the Tiger’s Nest is a must visit destination not only in Bhutan, but in the whole world. The distinctive location of Paro Taktsang makes it difficult for people to reach there by driving up. The most recommended and possible way to go there is by hiking up, or you can reach most of its way by hiring a horse. In case of hiking, the distance is around 4 miles round trip, the elevation gain is around 1700 feet, around 10,000 feet above the sea level, and it takes 6 to 8 hours to complete the entire trip.

The monastery is encapsulated by magical impressions and its legacy is adorned by tantalising stories and tales from the past. Taktsang is spelled as Stag Tshang in the Tibetan language and means Tigress Lair in literal terms. Padmasambhava, famously recognised as Guru Rinpoche, flew to Paro Taktsang from Tibet on the back of a tigress called Yeshe Tsogyal from Khenpajong, whom he is thought to have converted into a flying tigress. The Tiger’s Nest is said to have been sanctified to tame a tiger. The history of the holiness of this place is derived from the incident when the 8th century Guru, Padmasmabhava emerged in eight incarnated forms after meditating in one of the caves of the monastery devotedly. Another alluring name is Tenzin Rabgye, who built the temple here in 1692. It has been specified by many authors that Padmasmabhava was reincarnated in form of Tenzin. A plethora of Tibetan saints and eminent figures have come to the Tiger’s Nest to meditate, like Milarepa (1040-1123), Machig Labdron (1055-1145), and Thangton Gyelpo (1385-1464).

The structure of the place is exquisitely comprehensive and emanates senses which gives an absolutely diverse and magnificent experience to the visitors. The monastery buildings consist of four main temples and the residential shelters by acclimatising to the rock ledges, the caves, and the rocky terrain. All the buildings are unified through steps and stairways and all of them have balconies to offer artistic and heavenly views of the valley down below. Tholu Phuk is the name of the cave where Padmasmabhava first entered, and the cave where he meditated is called Pel Phuk. The wooden bridges along the paths just add to the whole enchanted feel of the place.

Bhutan’s GNH Policy

“There is no path to happiness, happiness is the path.” – Gautama Buddha

Bhutan is the abode of happiness, being only country in the world that prioritizes happiness and keeps it above everything else. The Government of Bhutan focuses on one philosophy to function, and that is the level of happiness amongst its people, called the Gross National Happiness. It involves an index which is used to measure the combined happiness of the citizens of the country.

The concept of GNH is something to enthusiastically look forward to for all the other countries as well. The prime realisation and implementation of the thought that real success and the utmost achievements lie in the happiness and the well-being of the citizens of a country is commendable and inspirational. It surely is something that could change the world, a ray of glistening hope for eradicating the atrocities and creating positivity… the big change everyone wishes for. The experiences of the people visiting the country have been extraordinary, many of them confess that a visit to this country has given them a new perspective in life and a new world to look at, with a clear and revitalised vision.

“Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National product”, said Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the 4th King of Bhutan, during an interview with a British journalist in 1972. That was when the term was actually coined. The first GNH survey was conducted in 2008, followed by a second one in 2010, and the third nationwide survey was conducted in 2015. The GNH Surveys cover all the twenty districts. The results are reported for varying demographic factors such as age, gender, residence, and occupation. Gross National Happiness values the collective happiness of people by amalgamating the importance of nature and traditional values, and accentuating enormously on the same.

Bhutan also has a GNH Screening Tool. It is a system which confirms that all development policies and projects of Bhutan are studied under the concept of GNH. The GNH Screening Tool evaluates, monitors, sets goals and nurtures national awareness about all the conditions that are favourable to the happiness and security of the people, and the nation as a whole. The GNH screening tools can be applied in two phases, at project level and policy level. Generally, it consists of three types: For all ministries and sectors (e.g. good governance), For respective ministries (e.g. education, health), For individual sectors (e.g. youth, employment).

The Gross National Happiness Policy has four pillars and nine domains. The four main pillars of Gross National Happiness are maintainable and justifiable socio-economic development, environmental conservation, protection and advancement of culture, and upright governance. Psychological wellbeing, Health, Education, Time Use, Cultural Diversity, Good Governance, Community Vitality, Ecological Diversity, and Living Standards are its nine domains.

In this rapidly transforming era, the only milestones considered by the humans today are in terms of business of finance, industry, or trade. While focusing on all of this, we forget the basic essence of human life, which is a stabilized and happy mind and lifestyle. The welfare of people is the ultimate path to everyone’s goals. The importance of a healthy mind has to be promoted and encouraged more. With a nourishing approach like the GNH, everyone gets closer to their dream life.

Drukpath Clean-up campaign

Amazing Dragon Holidays will be organizing cleaning campaign on the Druk-path trekking trail to preserve the rich natural forest of Bhutan. Your little effort of volunteeing in the event shall go a long way in realizing the dream of preserving our forest. The participants will be paid a nominal daily allowance of Nu. 500 per day. All the facilities like tents and foods will be provided. We will also be hiring horses to carry the garbage to reduce the burden on the participants. Therefore, please volunteer to help preserve our environment.

Travel to Bhutan

Secure yourself and family a wonderful holiday in Bhutan immediately and hassle free right when you arrive. Amazing Dragon Holidays caters to countless packaged and customized tour for your travel to Bhutan.  You can also choose to travel on the personal interest that would range from Cultural to Festival tours, Biking to rafting tours, Bird watching to Trekking in the unique Himalayan Country – the very home of GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS”.

You will be treated with daily sightseeing and package tours in and around Bhutan. Since the start of the history, Bhutan has been given countless number of names by Tibetens.  Bhutan comes from word “Bootan’ meaning highland given to us by the British Companies in India. The uniqueness of this mysterious country is extra-ordinary and overwhelming. It is impossibly and unimaginably beautiful with the lush green natural forest covering almost 70% of the total land of 38,000 sq.km. Almost all the places are green and full of wild flowers and meadow grass. The air is clean, sweet and foliage muffles the wind. Artist love its lights, the writers its isolation. It is a birders paradise and trekkers heaven.


Scholars of any trade get their best and most beautiful platform to carryout field study and non-scholars to simply gaze and get amazed.

The lord of the ring may be filmed in New Zealand but if you want ancient and tangible magic, Bhutan is the place. Remember to smile while you are in Bhutan because it’s the land of Gross National Happiness and Happiness begins from here.

The Total population approximated at 0.7 million is sparsely scattered on the total area of 38, 394 sq.km. Buddhism is recognized as the state religion but depending on the choice of the citizen, other religions are also being practiced.

With doors of Bhutan opened to show how well this small yet distinctive country is being preserved, it was also recognized as the 7th bio-diversity hotspot in the world. This is being credited to the national policy of protecting and preserving 60% of the total land for rich natural forest.

Pilgrimage Tours to Bhutan

While on this pilgrimage, you will have access to sacred places and monasteries that are not usually open to foreign visitors. You will have the opportunity to meet Buddhist teachers from Bhutan and participate in ceremonies. There will be time to wander independently, to meditate daily and to discuss the various aspects of Buddhism. The pilgrimage is being done outside the regular tourist season in order to support the time needed for quiet reflection and contemplation. There will be a considerable amount of hiking to sacred sites.

Pilgrimage Tours to Bhutan

Bird watching

Bird watching in bhutan

An excellent opportunity to see pheasant species like the Satyr’s Tragopan and a host of mixed species that dwell in the cool broadleaf forests. En route to Punakha, espy the Red-flanked Bluetail and Golden Bush-Robin, Grey Bushchat and Rufous-breasted Accentor. Identify the Blue-winged, Red-tailed and Chestnut-tailed Minlas, Rufus-winged, White-browed and Nepal Fulvetta and Whiskered, Stripe-throated, Rufus-vented, Black-chinned and White-bellied Yuhinas. It is possible to see both Barwings plus a good selection of Laughing Thrushes before Punakha.

The Festival

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Festival Date of Bhutan 2016
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The Bhutanese or Buddhist festivals or Tsechus are some of the prime stage of showcasing the living culture of Bhutan that have come to admire and treasure. The tsechu is a festival in honor of Guru Rimpoche “The Precious Master” who first brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th Century. This kind of festivals are held in all the districts attracting hundreds of local Bhutanese people and international travelers in the festivity mood, celebrations and deep faith. Held on the tenth day of the Bhutanese lunar month, these festivals last upto four days in which a series of highly stylized masked dance ritual with colourful brocade dress are performed. The local Bhutanese come dressed in their best for the very special occasion. Apart from Tsechus, folk festivals exist on a smaller, community scale that provides fascinating insight into local beliefs. These community or folk festival are often more interesting as the visitors get a closer and better perspective of the local festival and events.

Incase, your visit to Bhutan doesn’t fall on any of those festival dates, Amazing Dragon Holidays can give you a cultural program on the concept of festival of Bhutan. You may make a advance reservation through us.

The Cultural Tour

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Until the closing of the border with Tibet in 1959, the High Himalayas provided easy access in several places with certain passes open even in winter. There were numerous cultural and economical exchanges between the two countries going all the way back to the seventh century. On the whole the Bhutanese are known to have religiously guarded their culture from outside influence. During festival times, dancers in brilliant silk costumes re-enact legendary events accompanied by blaring horns, booming drums and clashing cymbals as they perform to large audiences. Certain dances require the participants to wear heavy masks. Amongst the dancers the atsaras or clowns with their expressive masks and postures provide a welcome counterpoint to the formalised religious dances. They confront the monks and within prescribed limits mock them. In a country where sacred matters are treated with the highest respect only the atsaras are allowed to make fun of religion.
Art and painting are the important aspects of Bhutanese culture and they depict the spiritual depth of Bhutanese life. Painters use vegetable dyes to give their work the subtle beauty and warmth. The work itself is done on statues, murals or the renowned thangkas. A Bhutanese does not view a painting or a sculpture as a work of art but as a religious work. The rules of iconography are firmly established and must be scrupulously respected. Each deity has a colour and special attributes that cannot be changed without altering the meaning and religious function. The thangkas are not hung permanently in the temples but are kept rolled up in boxes and only displayed during important ceremonies.
Bhutan also has a wealth of hand-crafted artwork including sculpture, jewellery, bamboo-work and especially textiles. The art passes from father to son and mother to daughter. Though Bhutan is particularly famous for the quality of its textiles the other arts too are typical of the place. Each region has its specialities: raw silk in eastern Bhutan, brocade in Lhuentse, woollen goods in Bumthang, bamboo wares in Kheng and gold and silver work in Thimphu.
Bhutanese jewellery is limited but spectacular. Wood carvings too are famous- they are found on wall panels and small folding tables that are always painted. Masks, representing human characters animals or gods can be made of wood and paper-mache and are always painted. Bhutanese hand-woven fabrics are unique in themselves. Weaving skills too have been developed to an art form with the weavers creating artistic patterns and designs.

The Trekking

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The power and beauty of the mountains is more impressive on foot than from any vehicle. Whether you take a two-night trek around the Bumthang valley or walk for three days from Thimphu to Paro or take the eight-day trek to the base of Mount Jhomolhari, the views, villages, people and experience will be unparalleled