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Bhutan Destination Tours
Thimphu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan.It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan with an area of 2,067sq.km at an alleviation of 2,248meters and 2,648meters. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. The city sprawls across the western slopes of Wangchu, also known as Thimphu Chhu. The harmonious mix of modern development with ancient traditions makes it a unique town. Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has many dominant cultures. Thimphu features a monsoon subtropical highland climate with mild summers and relatively cool winters. Following are the places of curiosity.
Tashichhoe Dzong, “the fortress of auspicious doctrine“, an ancient fortress built in 1641. The magnificent structure imposed with white wash, as seen now, has undergone several renovations over the centuries following disasters like fire and earthquake. It has been the seat of Bhutan’s government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. It is also the centre for monastic body.
National Institute of Zorgi Chusum
Zorig Chusum, thirteen traditional crafts. Get a glimpse of traditional crafts that represents hundreds years of knowledge and ability that has passed down the generations. Bhutanese unique artistic tradition has served an important role in shaping its distinct culture heritage in the world. You can actually see the student keeping their interest in these wonders.
Folk Heritage Museum
A three storied restored traditional Bhutanese house which dates back to mid 19th century. Bhutanese leads a very simple life yet in a very happy and peaceful way.
Bhutan National Library
Bhutan National Library was established in 1967 with the primary objective of collecting and preserving mainly ancient Bhutanese written and printed resources. It is also a major scriptural repository and research facility dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich literary, cultural and religious heritage of our country.
National Institute of Traditional Medicine
The institute initially started in 1967. The institute trains students in traditional medicine, offering a six year course leading to a Bachelors degree for physicians, and a three year diploma course for the compounders who create the medicines. Institute supplies traditional medicines and medical services, trains doctors, and conducts research on traditional medicinal plants to identify the ingredients and develop new products.
National Memorial Chorten
National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. Decorated with richly painted annexes facing the cardinal directions, and features elaborate Mandalay, statues and a shrine, people circumambulate the Chorten, bustle the large red prayer wheels and pray at a small shrine inside the gate throughout the day. It is located on Doebum lam in the southern central part of the city and it is a very prominent place in the city.
Buddha Point/Kuensel Phodrang
The largest Buddha statue in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters) is located few miles away from the main town. The Buddha statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi, overlooking the southern loom to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Semtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan; the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. It’s an important historical monument. It now houses a Buddhist high school. It is located about three miles south of the capital at the end of the city.
Drubthob Gonpa/Zilukha Nunnery
The place also has an astonishing view of the majestic, TashiChhoe Dzong (Fortress of Glorious Religion), Gyalyong Tshogkhang (National Assembly Hall) and government cottages nearby. A golf course spans much of the district adjoining the lower eastern part.
It was built in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children.
Motithang Takin Zoo.
Takin Zoo is wildlife reserve area for takin, the National Animal of Bhutan. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. The reason for declaring takin as a National Animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley.
By the name Drukpa Kunley, popularly called by the epithet “The Divine Madman” is credited with creating the takin with unique features. Drukpa Kunley, who was not only a religious preacher but also a proficient tantric, was requested by the people of Bhutan during one of his religious lectures to conjure a miracle before them. The saint agreed to do so provided he was fed for lunch, a whole cow and a whole goat. Once served, he devoured the food of both animals and left out the bones. He then took out the head of the goat and fixed it to the skeleton of the cow and uttered abracadabra and the magic worked. With a snap, he created a live animal, which had the head of the goat and the body of the cow. The animal sprang up and moved on to the meadows to graze. The animal was then given the name dong gyem tsey (takin). Since then this animal has been a common sight in the hills of Bhutan. Because of this magical creation with high religious connotation, the animal has been adopted as the National Animal of Bhutan.
Thimphu Tsechu Festival
The very astonishing and the biggest Thimphu Tsechu Festival begin at the end of September. The event was believed to be originated in the year 1670 during the reign of Tenzin Rabgye. Since then, Thimphu Tsechu occupied a major part in the Bhutanese social history. The celebrations witness the people joining the event with families and friends and spending quality time with them. The indigenous folk dance performed by both monks and common men with traditionally designed colorful masks is the highlight of the festival.
Truly Tribal Tour
"Truly Tribal" is a journey that takes you through the green corridors of 'Dandakaranya'- the Dandaka forest of Ramayana fame. The Dandakaranya belt of Southern Orissa and adjoining Chhatisgarh is an anthropological wonderland.
It is home to numerous tribal groups that belong to diverse ethnic and linguistic identities living side by side in primitive harmony from time immemorial.
The Koraput region is considered the cradle of rice cultivation- where the primitive men tried their hands in domesticating the wild paddy into cultivated paddy- thousands of years back...
The program of Truly Tribal Tour is the sequent:
Day 1: Arrive Bhubaneswar and on arrival meet, greet and transfer to hotel. City tour covering the Temples and Caves.
Day 2: Visit to the world famous 'SUN TEMPLE' at Konark. Enroute visit the Buddhist Stupa at Dhauli and the Appliqué center at Pipili.
Day 3: Drive to Gopalpur-on-sea. En route visit to Chilika the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Upon arrival check into a hotel. Rest of the day free to relax on the beach.
Day 4: Drive to Rayagada. En route visit some of the Lanjia Saura villages.
Day 5: Drive to Bissamkatak to visit the Desia Kondh market (should be a Tuesday) and craftsman village. Visit one of the original primitive Dongariya Kondh village.
Day 6: Visit the weekly market of the Dongariya Kondhs (should be a Wednesday) at Chatikona. Drive to Jeypore (driving distance 160 kms, driving time 4 ½ hrs). En route visit some of the Mali villages.
Day 7: Early in the morning drive to Onkudelli to visit the weekly market of the most colourful tribe Bondas, Gadabas and Didayis (Should be a Thursday).Visit the Pottery village and Paroja village at Litiput.
Day 8: Excursion to Kunduli market, the biggest weekly market (should be a Friday) of the Parojas and Mali tribes.