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Facts about Bhutan

Bhutan opened its doors to the outside world in the early 1960s. Bhutan got its first paved road only in 1962. The history of Lhakhangs in Bhutan dates back to the 7th century when the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo built 108 temples throughout the Himalaya region to subdue a demon. His Majesty the fourth King […]

gross national happiness bhutan

Gross National Happiness

GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS: Bhutan abounds in monasteries, prayer flags and scenic beauty. And the outside world wasn’t aware of this until five decades ago. It was only in the 60s that Bhutan opened its doors to the outside world after centuries of isolation. Ever since, it has gained an almost mythical status as a real-life […]

Attractions in Thimphu

Attractions in Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, sprawls along a valley at an altitude of 2,300 meters. In 1961, Thimphu replaced Punakha as the capital. It is estimated that about 100,000 people reside in Thimphu making it is the most populated Dzongkhag in the country. Thimphu is a mixture of residents from all over the country as […]

The History of Tsechus

The History of Tsechus

The great Nyingmapa scholar, Padmasambhava (the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism) visited Tibet and Bhutan in the 8th and 9th century. He used to convert opponents of Buddhism by performing rites, reciting mantras and finally performing a dance of subjugation to conquer local spirits and gods. He visited Bhutan to aid […]

National Symbol of Bhutan

Know what sets Bhutan apart as a tourist destination

First of all, it is important to know what sets Bhutan apart as a tourist destination. Many people, including those working in the tourism industry think that it is the untouched natural scenery and our culture that sets Bhutan apart from other tourist destinations. They are only partially right. There are many places on earth […]

Chorten Kora and Namgang Kora

Chorten Kora and Namgang Kora

There is an annual Dakpa Kora (circumambulation of the Chorten by the Dakpas) festival held on the 15th of the first lunar month, and a Drukpa Kora (circumambulation of the Chorten by the Bhutanese) festival held at the end of the first lunar month, which celebrates the stupa. These festivals are attended by Dakpa people […]

Language in Bhutan

Dzongkha – The National Language of Bhutan

Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan. The word Dzongkha means the language (Kha) spoken in the Dzong. Dzongs are the fortresses established throughout the kingdom by Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the 17th century. Although there are over 18 languages in Bhutan that belong to the Tibeto-Burman group and Lhotsamkha (Nepali)  – Indo-Aryan group, the […]

Key Facts About Bhutan

Key Facts About Bhutan

Bhutan, in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas, is a haven of harmonious evolution. The Bhutanese live in harmony with nature and have evolved a unique identity that has originated from a religious, spiritual and cultural heritage. For visitors, we, in Little Bhutan, have compiled some key facts about a country whose history stretches back […]

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Biodiversity in Bhutan

A brief background: Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas with total land area of 38,394 square kilometers. Though the country is small, Bhutan has world’s most rugged topography that varies from 100 meters in the south to over 7,500 meters above sea levels in the north thereby bestowing Bhutan with outstanding landscapes of […]

Visit Bhutan William & Kate style

Ms. Isabella  Ratchford Caravaggio, 21 yr. old solo traveler from Italy travelled to Bhutan (5th – 8th August). She hiked to the famous Taktsang Monastery the Kate & William style.