Trek and Tour in Bhutan

 

Bhutan is a mystical kingdom where time ceases to exist, where lamas can live for hundreds of years, where reincarnation is a part of life and no one measures their life by years. In this tiny Himalayan kingdom, life is measured by seasons, festivals and Gross National Happiness. Bhutan is a beautiful, surreal place where fluttering colorful prayer flags decorate the landscape everywhere, just as Buddhism colors every facet of life.

The sentry-like Himalayas kept Bhutan protected from the outside world for generations. Except for the invited guests of the royal family, outsiders knew little about this hidden Shangri La of blue skies, snow-capped mountains, ancient monasteries and tantric Buddhism. Since 1974, tourists are welcome in the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, or Druk Yul, as it is known as in Bhutanese, but until now, the numbers have been minimal, which means that the environment, religion, culture and traditions have remained  almost entirely uninfluenced by the modern world.

The history of Bhutan recounts astonishing legends of mystical reincarnations and magical transformations of deities and demons.  It is quite fitting that Bhutan’s only international airport is in Paro where, according to legend, the Great Guru Rinpoche arrived from northeast Bhutan, flying on the back of a tigress in 747 AD.  The  famous ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’, perched on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro Valley, was built at the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated, and brought Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan. As well as being the most sacred Buddhist site in Bhutan, it is a breathtaking sight to admire and marvel at the effort of its construction.