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Rich Culture: The people of Bhutan are a rich mosaic of lifestyles and languages. However they are also united by their friendliness and unique cultural heritage rooted in Mahayana Buddhism that has remained isolated from western influence. They also treasure their environment, and live in harmony with its elements. The population is mainly concentrated in small towns and villages, and it is in these fascinating places that you can really discover the true spirit of the Bhutanese people.
Spiritual Kingdom Bhutan is a place where the mountains, rivers and valleys are abodes of the gods. The constant scenes of hills dotted with ancient temples, monasteries and prayer flags are testament to this, whilst in streams prayer wheels powered by the natural water flow turn day and night. Some sites are amongst the most sacred in the Himalayas such as Taktsang Monastery in Paro, and the many ancient Buddhist sites in Bumthang, Bhutan’s spiritual heartland.
Festivals: Tsechus (Buddhist festival) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. Local people gather in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith to honour Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. We have a range of suggested Tsechu itineraries, however if these departure dates do not suit you, contact us as festivals are held throughout the year.
Stunning Architecture: Architecture is a significant feature of the Bhutanese identity. Traditional shapes, colours and patterns are universally applied to all manner of buildings, which are also usually decorated with various floral, animal and religious motifs. The best examples of traditional Bhutanese architecture can be seen in Dzongs (fortresses), lhakhangs (temples), monasteries, chortens, palaces and bridges.