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 deeply Buddhist land, where monks check their smartphones after performing divination, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses. Yet while it visibly protects its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is not a museum.
You will find the Bhutanese well educated, fun loving and well informed about the world around them. It’s this blending of the ancient and modern that makes Bhutan travel endlessly fascinating.
- Amazing Himalayan landscape, where snow-capped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests
- Majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries
- Unique architecture sets the stage for spectacular tsechu (dance festivals) attended by an almost medieval-looking audience
- Textiles and handicrafts, outrageous archery competitions, high-altitude trekking trails, and stunning flora and fauna.