Visit to the Golden Rock, Myanmar

Among the top three most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar is the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda on the Golden Rock (the other two are Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay). Located some 200 km away from Yangon in the Mon state, the 24 ft pagoda has been built on a granite rock. Painted […]

Indians can now better plan stay in Bhutan

Destination Bhutan has adopted a different strategy altogether that gives top prominence to its environmental sustainability and happiness of its citizens. The guiding philosophy being the ‘Gross National Happiness’ based on sustainable economic development, conservation of the environment, preservation of culture and good governance with the consent of the King.   Damcho Rinzin, Head of […]

Chimmi lhakhang

The Divine Fertility Temple – Chimi Lhakhang

One of Bhutan‘s best temples and also most unique temples is Chimi Lhakhang which is on top of a hillock, a few kilometers before Punakha. The temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, fondly known as ‘Divine Madman’ because of his non-conventional and ‘outrageous’ style of teaching. He was a social critic and openly challenged the hypocrisy of the […]

Nancy & Loren in Bhutan

Make your own stamp in Bhutan

Want to make your own stamp in Bhutan – then go ahead and make your own personalised stamp 🙂 One of the most interesting things that you can do in Bhutan, is to get your own personalised stamps at the Bhutan National Post Office in Thimphu. You can have your personal stamp from Bhutan printed here […]

dochula, Bhutan

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 […]