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Paying a Visit to the Happiest Place on Earth

Happiness has been one of the driving factors behind visits to Bhutan since its fourth king came up with “gross national happiness.” According to a new report in Forbes, happiness is still what makes the country so alluring to visitors. “People want to see this ‘last Shangri-La,’ preferably before it changes much more. But that’s not […]

The Happiest Place on Earth: Why Bhutan Belongs on Your Travel List Now

It’s been decades since the fourth king of Bhutan came up with the notion of gross national happiness. But that’s still what comes to mind when most of us think of the country. Even though it’s sort of silly, it proved to be successful marketing, on top of the inherent mystique and allure of this Himalayan nation that was […]

Bhutan: Shrouded in mystery and magic, this is the last great Himalayan kingdom

Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. Surprising Bhutan Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the main dish. It’s also a […]

Lacquerware – A loving gift from Bagan

Bagan is well known for its lacquerware products. These elegantly and tastefully designed lacquerware products are both used locally and exported. They can be used for a variety of purposes – cups, plates, decorative items, trays, cabinets and furniture to name a few. As expected, making good quality lacquerware is both time consuming and requires […]

Yangon – the golden city

And so finally after many years of planning, our trip to Myanmar finally came to pass. We travelled to Yangon on a Thai Airlines from Bangkok on 10th February. Upon arrival at Yangon, we were received by a very friendly driver. Ye, a third-generation Chinese from Myanmar, was very amicable and pleasant person who was […]

Packaged food and frizzy drinks should be the exception rather than the norm

With packaged, processed, modified food readily available in beautiful packages, it has become the norm for people to eat such food and drinks. People often stock their food cupboards with packets of chips and biscuits, frizzy drinks and instant noodles. It is a very delicious world we live in now, with varieties of food and drinks to tempt […]

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Pangrizampa Lhakhang and restoration of the historical Bazam

Four centuries ago, in the year 1616, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal at the young age of twenty-three years arrived in Bhutan from Tibet. His arrival in Bhutan heralded in an important era in Bhutan’s history. Zhabdrung unified Bhutan under his rule, defended Bhutan from repeated Tibetan invasions, built Dzongs in each valley and thus established firm […]

Zhabrung, the unifier of Bhutan

Visit to Simtokha Dzong

Time is a scarce resource for everyone. We are each given 24 hours every day and it is up to us to make what we want out of it. Much of my hours and days are spent at work. To ensure that life does not pass me by – without my having something to show […]

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History about the Nalanda monastery in Punakha

In 1757 the 9th Je Khenpo Shakya Rinchen, considered to be a reincarnation of Rechungpa (one of the two extraordinary disciples of Milarepa in Kagye Buddhist lineage), founded the Nalanda Monastery in Punkaha. At the time when this monastery was built, the ancient Nalanda University in India was a very holy and sacred place. Bhutanese […]