Day Hikes in Thimphu: Phajoding

This is one of the popular hikes around Thimphu valley. It is not the easiest of hikes, but the rewards – both in terms of the view and the feeling of satisfaction once you make it to the top – is totally worth it. You can get a birds-eye view of the entire Thimphu valley […]

Top 5 places that you must visit in Western Bhutan

There are many interesting places that merit a visit in Bhutan. However, if you are in Bhutan for only for a very short duration and do not have to opportunity to venture beyond Western Bhutan, here are five top places that will enable you to get a glimpse of the beautiful landscape, culture, and traditions […]

Celebrating Teachers

Teaching is one of the most noble of professions. As Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell when his influence stops.” Teachers have the potential to open the minds of young children to a beautiful world of learning and to instill in them a lifelong joy and thirst for knowledge. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Meditation

Meditation is the most powerful mental and nerve tonic. Divine energy flows freely to the adept during meditation and exerts a benign influence on the mind, nerves, sense organs and body. Meditation opens the door to intuitive knowledge and realms of eternal bliss. The mind becomes calm and steady, you discover a greater sense of […]

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422 black-necked cranes arrive in Bhutan – December 9, 2015

Starting early November until yesterday, a total of 422 black-necked cranes (grus nigricollis) have arrived at their winter grounds in Bhutan. At 340, Phobjikha has recorded the highest number cranes, the black-necked crane visitor centre’s manager, Santa Lal Gajmer said. In Bumdeling, 60 cranes have arrived. “More cranes are expected because last year it kept […]

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Big lessons on climate change from a small country

The mountain kingdom of Bhutan may not seem an obvious place to look for lessons on addressing climate change. But on a recent visit here I was impressed with how much this small country has achieved and also with its ambition. Bhutan has much to teach South Asia and the wider world. These lessons are […]