Discovery

This discrete and secret country, hidden in the mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, is for much a mythical destination. The kingdom indeed did everything to preserve and protect the Bhutanese culture and traditions. For those which choose to venture in this ignored destination and which are not too demanding in terms of hotel infrastructures, the country has to offer much. The visitors will be able to hike indeed there in imposing landscapes of mountains with Paro or Bush-hammered, to impregnate religion and Buddhist traditions in the many temples and monasteries, to admire the remarkable architecture of the famous dzongs (these fortresses, sits of the administrative and religious power of the districts), and to let themselves touch by the heat and the hospitality of the inhabitants.

Identity

Wedged between India in the south and China (autonomous region of Tibet) in north, Bhutan is composed of a narrow band of plains in its southernmost part, and gains in altitude while going up towards north with Himalayan tops of more than 7,000 meter altitudes. Bhutan was unified at the beginning of the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651) equipping it with a strongly impregnated administration and a legislation of the Buddhist religion. At the 18th century, the British Empire installed in India seeks to extend in Bhutan by annexing the area from Duars, the plains of the south of the country. In 1865, the two countries sign the treaty of Sinchula by which Bhutan agrees to yield Duarsau Raj Britannique in return for an annual payment on behalf of the English. Three years later, Bhutan signed a second agreement with the British Empire attesting that the United Kingdom would not interfere any more in the internal policy of Bhutan but would manage its foreign politics.

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, arrived at the power in 1974, founded many democratic reforms, the opening of the country on television and to Internet in 1999, and the passage of an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy in 2005. He focussed during all his reign on the concept of National Happiness Gross (BNB), aiming at opening Bhutan with the modern world while preserving the cultures and the Bhutanese traditions of globalization, for the wellness of the people.

Culture & Traditions

BUDDHISM

In Bhutan, Buddhism is much more than one religion, it acts of a state of mind. The principles resulting from this religion are in keeping with the values granted to peace. Buddhism preaches indeed as well non-violence as the compassion. A stay in Bhutan will make you understand at which point these values are respected.

FESTIVALS

Monks or not, the festivals occupy an important place in the heart of the Bhutaneses. If you are likely to attend the one of the local festivals, you will see of the Bhutaneses equipped with traditional costumes devoting to traditional songs and dances. Most known are those of Wandgue, Paro and Thimphu Tsechu. Besides being a festival, they are a Buddhist means of teaching and the occasion of enormous gatherings.

NATURE

Hidden in the mountains, Bhutan is a very preserved and authentic destination still. Between green valleys, mountains and rice plantations, this country will offer to you an idyllic framework for exceptional excursions. You will be able to admire the valley of Paro which is characterized by its fertile rice plantations, which are irrigated by crystalline water of the river which crosses it. You will join then Central Bhutan to admire the wonders of the National park of Black Mountains in the valley of Phobjika.Tant of natural beauties gathered in only one country.

RELIEVING

Country of Buddhism and the spiritual retirement, Bhutan proposes to the travellers several structures to be released. Different lodges from the country is devoted to the relaxation. The travellers in search of spirituality and of calm will be able to live a new experiment Zen with the Kingdom of the dragon. A true return to the source, an occasion to find you only vis-a-vis you even.

 

Essential

15°-20° SUMMER / 10° WINTER
Ngultrum
+5h SUMMER/ +4h WINTER
LE DZONGKHA
Thimphu
L'EMADATSI

Form your trip

The stages

Bhutan, nested on the Himalayan slopes, is a ground of mysteries, the country having known to protect its environment and to preserve its traditions. A customized trip to Bhutan is put rhythm into by the Buddhist beliefs, that is to say a humble lifestyle and a specific architecture with monasteries and temples. Himalayan forests, pastures, valleys and tops constitute the environment of your circuit in Bhutan. The valleys of Thimphu and Paro, the crowned mountain of Chomolhari which culminates to 7315 m, the national park of Pirin, the nature reserve of Srebarna and the jungle of the South associate the interest of nature and the visit of the monasteries.