Bhutan

Bhutan

Etymology

The precise etymology of “Bhutan” is unknown, although it is likely to derive from the Tibetan endonym “Bod” used for Tibet. Traditionally, it is taken to be a transcription of the Sanskrit Bhoṭa-anta “end of Tibet”, a reference to Bhutan’s position as the southern extremity of the Tibetan plateau and culture. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Pulse Club & Lounge – Karaoke in Thimphu, Bhutan. [facebook]

The Big Bang – Now in town with a big bang, a nightlife venue with dance club, live music lounge, karaoke lounge, smokers lounge and great food! [facebook]

The Taste – THE TASTE servers you the best in the town.From local dishes to western fast foods, continental cuisines and many more with varieties of high class drinks. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Asian Date Net – Bhutanese’s best free Asian dating site! Completely free online dating for Bhutanese singles meet at Asiandatenet.com. Bhutanese has many single men and women just like you seeking online love and romance, friendship, relationship & marriage. Looking for a date, girlfriend, boyfriend and fun at free Bhutanese dating service is easy & convenient. Sign up today and find many personal ads in Bhutanese. Asiandatenet.com is not one of mail order brides or husbands service. [asian date net]

Connecting Singles – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in Bhutan? Are you tired of the Bhutan bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Bhutan restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Bhutan local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [connecting singles]

Date in Asia – Free Dating Service and Personals. Meet Single Girls in Bhutan Online today. [date in asia]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Backroads – So exotic. So dramatic. Its magical essence can’t be articulated. From the rich Buddhist culture to its remote Himalaya setting. Here the people live unimaginably hard but full lives, rooted in age-old tradition yet ready to join the 21st century. Bhutan seems like a place that couldn’t still exist. A place you feel lucky to have experienced. [backroads]

Backyard Travel – From forested trails through the river lands of Paro Valley to guided treks up Himalayan mountain passes, our bespoke Bhutan walking tours will take you through the country’s scenic landscapes. Explore dzong fortresses along the road, chat with spirited monks and humble villagers in local communities, and enjoy the rare wildlife found in natural parks. The best way to know a place is by walking its dirt paths. Make your own way with a tailored Bhutan walking holiday. [backyard travel]

Boundless Journeys – With a diverse collection of small group and locally guided itineraries, Boundless Journeys leads the way on “The World’s Great Adventures” by offering exceptional walking, hiking, trekking, sea kayaking, expedition cruising, wildlife safaris, and cultural tours to more than 30 countries. [boundless journeys]

Classis Journeys – In all of Bhutan, there is not a single stoplight. Gross National Happiness is an official measure of the country’s well-being. And the number of foreign visitors is strictly limited to protect the culture and environment. In Bhutan, travel is on a higher plane in so many ways! Of course, there’s the Himalayan factor, tucked as it is into a niche in the soaring chain. Bhutan is also one of the world’s most Buddhist countries, and its historic dzongs (monasteries) perch serenely over sweeping expanses of terrain. [classic journeys]

Far & High Adventure Travel – We breathe life into your travel itinerary and go above and beyond to make it flawless, and to deliver you the experience of a lifetime. [far & high adventure travel]

Kudu Travel – Bhutan, ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’, is the last independent Himalayan kingdom, a stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism, with a unique culture which has been protected for centuries, by its remote mountainous terrain and a self-imposed policy of isolation from outside influences. [kudu travel]

Responsible Travel – Adventurous souls love to roam freely and a Bhutan walking holiday offers you the chance to stretch your legs and feed your mind as you journey through the country’s stunning isolated wilderness. Hike up steep slopes across windswept meadows filled with wildflowers; visit sleepy hamlets surrounded by fragrance filled forest and really get off the beaten track to visit lively villages, atmospheric monasteries and centuries-old temples perched high on hills. [responsible travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Celebrate With The Locals – Tsechu is the local word for festivals. The Bhutan Tourism celebrates Paro Tsechu and Thimpu Tsechu  with a lot of hullabaloo. These festivals are a once in a lifetime experience because of its variety and showcase of culture which is why it features in our TOP 10 Things to do in Bhutan. [roads less travelled blog]

Drive Up The Dochula Pass – While driving towards Punakha, stop at the Dochula Pass. It’s usually  fog filled but has an amazing view on clear days. It’s lined with lots of prayer flags giving it a peaceful and holy atmosphere. It also provides a majestic 360-degree view of the mighty Himalayas. This is a must on your list of Top 10 things to do in Bhutan. [roads less travelled blog]

Enjoy The Breathtaking View of The Himalayas from The Passes – The Kingdom of Bhutan lies on the slopes of Himalayas. Go on long hikes and walks to various monasteries or hills to get better view or drive on high passes like the Dochula Pass or the Chele La Pass which will give you a clear panoramic view of the majestic range. If you want explore the Great Himalayan Beauty then this is the place to be!! [roads less travelled blog]

Explore The Dzongs And The Goembas – Feeling spiritual? The Kingdom of Bhutan is known for its Fort/Fortresses (Dzongs) and Monasteries (Goembas). Visit the various monasteries like Taktsung Palphug Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Trongsa Monastery. [roads less travelled blog]

Explore The Nature And The Wildlife – Bhutan is a paradise for the Nature and Wildlife lovers. As it’s located on the slopes of Himalayas its full of beautiful varied species of flowers, trees, bamboos, birds and animals. [roads less travelled blog]

Get An Adrenaline Rush! – Bhutan Tourism offers plenty of adventure sports for those who are adrenaline junkies.  Go for long hikes or treks like the Druk Path Trek. They offer adventure activities like Rock-Climbing, Cycling, Kayaking, Rafting and Fishing. These activities are fun with friends and family and leave you highly energised. [roads less travelled blog]

Hike Up The Tiger’s Nest – The Taktsung Palphug Monastery also known as the Tigers Nest Monastery sits on the side of a cliff at 900 meters from the Paro valley. The 8 km hike to the monastery is energising and has a panoramic view of the valley. The Monastery is a magnet for Bhutan Tourism and is a sacred place for the monks. It is also the part of all Bhutan Packages. [roads less travelled blog]

Mountain The High Gross National Happiness (GNP) Of Bhutan – In Bhutan people value happiness more than money. The Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an indicator that shows that the happiness and social quality of life is more important than the economy that is the Gross Domestic Product. So remember to have the time of your life and increase the GNH of Bhutan. [roads less travelled blog]

Ride Up The Chele La Pass – Being 3988 meters high, this pass is one of the highest motor-able passes. This pass offers a cornucopia of flora and fauna like red, pink and yellow rhododendrons. You can also get a spectacular view of the holy peaks – Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. With prayer flags fluttering on either side, this Pass has a very spiritual and beautiful feel. [roads less travelled blog]

Spice It Up The Bhutanese Way – Bhutanese cuisine is a must-try! The Bhutanese cuisine is spicy and healthy with cheese, chilli, meat and rice being their main ingredients. Ema Datshi, made of cheese and chilli, is their national dish as its so unique and flavourful. For those who can’t handle spice a simple yet scrumptious meal of boiled vegetables, rice and meat is also available. [roads less travelled blog]

Festivals

Festivals

Haa Summer Festival – Set in a stunning location in the wilderness with views of the Himalayan landscape, the 3rd Haa Summer Festival gives visitors an in-depth picture of the lives and culture of the nomadic herders living in Haa Valley. It’s a happy and lively celebration of traditional Bhutanese culture, sports, and religion. Tourists can participate in some of the local sports (such as yak riding), try the local cuisine, or dance to their ancient folk songs. [one step 4ward]

Jambay Lhakhang Drup – Traditional and mask dances are performed to honor Guru Rimpoche and to celebrate the establishment of the Jambay Lhakhang Monastery. The fire ceremony, Mewang, is considered the highlight. During the fire ceremony, locals sprint underneath a large flaming gate made from dry grasses. The other notable event is the Tercham (Dance of Treasure), where masked dancers perform naked in the middle of the night. They believe this dance will bless infertile women so that they may bear children. [one step 4ward]

Paro Tshechu – The most popular spring festival, monks and laymen dress up in vibrant, brocade costumes. While wearing masks representing wrathful and peaceful deities, they re-enact the legends and history of Buddhism in Bhutan. The culminating moment of the festival is the viewing of the four storey high, 350 years old thangkha (Buddhist religious scroll), celebrating the deeds of Guru Rimpoche. [one step 4ward]

Punakha Drubchen – What makes Punakha Drubchen different is the dramatic recreation of a scene from the 17th century battle with the Tibetan army. The local militia men (pazaps), dressed in battle gear, reenact the encounter. It’s to remember when the village districts in Bhutan came forward and managed to drive the Tibetan forces out of the country, bringing newfound internal peace and stability. The Punakha Tshechu is held immediately afterwards. [one step 4ward]

Thimphu Tshechu – The Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in Bhutan as thousands of people flock to the capital in their finest garments. This three-day festival is a welcomed reprieve from work. During the festival, people pack into the courtyard of the Tashichho dzong (fortress), a dancing stage is erected, and mask dances, often with a religious significance, are performed. [one step 4ward]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus/car – The roads that cross the country are characterized by their twists, turns, and steep inclines, but despite the difficult topography, they are generally very well-maintained and safe. Local and inter-district bus services are not very comfortable and stop frequently. Your local tour operator will provide a vehicle and driver for the duration of your stay. This cost is included in the daily tariff. [wikitravel]

Hitchhiking – As the public transport running between towns in Bhutan is infrequent, hitching is a very common way to get around. The thumb in the air symbol, however, is not recognized, and you will need to flag down a passing vehicle in order to get one to stop. NB: As some drivers pick up passengers as a means of supplementing their incomes, it is customary to offer payment when getting out of the vehicle (the amount depends roughly on the distance, but it will be comparable to the cost of traveling by bus). [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Bhutan Professional Services – BPS is an engineering consulting firm offering a wide array of professional services, such as, project and construction management. [facebook]

Centre for Professional Development – The Centre for Professional Development (CPD) provides cutting-edge, ultra-modern skills required in the everyday workplace. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Bhutan – Bhutan is located at the east of the Himalayas. Expats enjoy the rich traditional culture that is very much evident and embedded in Bhutanese day to day life. We’ve gathered some important information to help you in your travel and stay. [expat woman]

Living in Bhutan- Expat – Nicknamed the “Land of Happiness”, Bhutan is located in the heart of the Himalaya, surrounded by India and China. Bhutan holds a unique landscape, interspersed with mountains. On moving there, you will discover a huge cultural and traditional heritage, along with a picturesque architecture that has been preserved over decades. [expat]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Bhutan – This is a facebook page created in order to spread awareness about LGBT in Bhutan. Tomboys and lesbians have become very common along the side walks of thimphu but what the youth arent aware of is the existence of a gay population… [facebook]

LGBT+ Community in Bhutan – This page is dedicated to LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Questioning Individual) community in Bhutan. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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