Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rafting Paradise

Punakha - The Summer capital of Bhutan
Rafting Paradise

Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until and still it is the winter seat of Je Khnep (the chief abbot). Blessed with temperate climate and owing to its natural drainage from Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers, the Punakha valley produces abundant crops and fruits.
There are splendid views of the distant Himalayas at Dochula pas (alt. 3,050m) on Thimphu – Punakha road. The road from Paro/Thimphu passes climbs steadily through a temperate type of leafy forest where rhododendron and magnolia bloom in March, April and May, and then drops down to semi tropical zone where, orange and banana tress and cactuses are found in abundance.
Places of Interest in and around Punakha

Punakha Dzong : Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.
Wangduephodrang is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan. The town is not more than an enlarged village with a few well-provided shops. Located in the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. This district is also famous for its fine bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Wangduephodrang Dzong : Sitting on top of the hill at the confluence of Punakha Chhu and Tang Chhu rivers, Wangduephodrang Dzong is town’s most visible features. The Dzong is open for visitors during Wangduephodrang Tsechu celebrated in autumn.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Because of her geographical situation, the land of Druk Yul knows different climats. Asan effect, you’ll find a wide variety of   plants,flowers and trees here. Besides dense forestation, grazing lands, luscious green valleys, wild flowing rivers and crystal blue lakes, you also find alpine mountains with snowcapped peaks and impressive glaciers. Bhutan’s rich flora also contains over 5.500 species of vascular plants like beautiful rhododendron species, magnolias, over 600 orchid species, many medical plants, beard moss and the delightful blue poppy, Bhutan’s national flower.

It's not only Bhutan's flora that will capture your heart. It's also the kingdom's wildlife that's impressive and wildy varied with over 165 species of mammals, many of them endemic to Bhutan. It is the land of tigers, elephants, golden langurs, butterflies, water buffalos, bluey sheep, rhesus monkeys and yaks which are the pets of many Bhutanese people. The high Himalayas are the domain of the snowleopard.
The royal kingdom is also a bridwatcher’s paradise with over 620 birdspecies. Many of them are endemic to Bhutan, like the palas osprey, the black necked crane and the hornbill. The Takin is Bhutan’s national animal, being very unique and holding strong associations with myths and religious history.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Bhutnese Cheese

Country Bhutan farmers make spread and cheese partly for storage or as a preserved form of dairy for self consumption, with any excess being sold for cash. Dairy from nursing cows is boiled then seeded from a previous batch of yogurt and left to curdle. Since the following morning the rich curd is churned manually, until butter is formed. In order to avoid the butter from becoming rancid it must be washed.Bhutanese farmers may also steam the butter to form ghee, that can last much longer. The ghee can be used for cooking or maybe spooned onto rice.

{The rest of the  thin whey is then warmed to cooking which seperates  cottage like cheese called datshi.This cheese is used in one the most known  of all Bhutanese dishes Ema Datshi.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bhutan Switzerland of Asia

It is difficult to envision that such a little nation, the span of Indiana with the number of inhabitants in Alaska, tucked in the Himalaya Mountains, available just by two planes, is the "Most Happiest Country" on the planet, the last standing Buddhist Kingdom and has one of the quickest developing GDP's on the planet. Bhutan is the main nation on the planet that has a "GNH." You may think GNH is simply one more factually based term with no genuine application, however it alludes to "Gross National Happiness."

Some call Bhutan the "Switzerland of Asia" in view of its size, shape and area in the mountains.
Bhutan has one of the stable ecosystems in the world and has virtually no environmental damage due to its long isolation.

Bhutan has found the perfect balance. In recent years, internet, cable television, cell phones, as well as many other modern technologies and ideas have become a part of Bhutan, but their desire to preserve of cultural values, as well as the desire to protect the environment has remained high. Bhutan’s economy and culture are growing and changing. Bhutan’s unique strategy has presented a solution to globalization. They are able to adapt to globalization, to strengthen their economy, while still preserving thousand year old traditions and culture. Bhutan is the only Buddhist Kingdom still in the world, and one where cell phones and cable television are present. During my visit, my little brother and I would sit in our guest room watching the Smurfs on cable television, while Buddhist monks in traditional robes prayed in the room next door.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Foods of Bhutan

The food in Bhutan is changed and every area has its own claims to fame. You'll discover loads of dairy—from both yaks and cows—a wide assortment of new vegetables, and spices, for example, cardamom, ginger, caraway and turmeric. Meat and poultry dishes are generally served as stews or curries and all dinners are joined by either white or red rice, which has been steamed or boiled. Buckwheat and maize are in some cases substituted for rice.
The Bhutanese like their nourishment zesty—chilies are not viewed as a flavoring, but rather a vegetable that is presented with essentially everything. (Don’t worry, they do make allowances for western palates.)

Momos are Tibetan-style dumplings, which are loaded down with pork, cabbage or cheddar. These most loved treats are generally served at special events (or at whatever time Beth is driving the visit since they are her top pick).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

  • The minimum tariff includes:
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • All travel with a licensed English speaking tour guide
  • Bottled water for the entire trip