The Impressive Sights of Bhutan

Taktshang Goemba, Tiger's Nest monastery in BhutanBhutan is certainly no ordinary location. The Himalayan kingdom has a reputation for magic and mystery – being a place that carefully embraces global developments while retaining much of its traditional Buddhist culture. These are just a handful of the reasons that this little slice of heaven is worth the $200 tourist tax that you have to pay for every day that you stay.

Thimphu

While the Thimphu Valley has been able to support small settlements for many centuries, the current city did not develop until the King of Bhutan declared that it would become the new capital in 1961. Only a year later, the first vehicles were seen on the streets. This is one city that slowly started to adapt to its newfound role of nation capital.

If you want to learn more about the religious aspect of Bhutan, we highly recommend that you travel to some of the monasteries that you can find here. These include the Changangkha Lhakhang (which dates back to the 15th century, making it one of the Thimphu Valley’s oldest temples), and the Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist emanation of compassion.

Another good example is the National Memorial Chorten. Especially as the locals are heading here for evening prayers, this is certainly worth a visit. It was built in memory of the third king back in 1974. (more…)

Where To Stay In Bhutan

Taj Tashi Patio BonfireIf you have not read the amazing travel experience from Rebecca before reading this article, we highly recommend that you do so here. As you can see from her experience, Bhutan is not an ordinary location. It is a modern country that still has one foot squarely locked in the past. It is moving forward slowly without actually compromising on what its history means.

A few of the keywords that Bhutan is renowned for include the preservation and protection of its natural environment, the preservation and promotion of culture and tradition, and the careful progress in sustainable socio-economic development. Simply put, Bhutan is different from anything that you might have seen before. However, that does not mean that you cannot explore Bhutan in luxury.

The Taj Tashi

This was where the journey ended after the first day. The Taj Tashi is a luxury hotel that is located in the heart of the Thimphu Valley. It is a gateway to a land steeped in magic and mythology.

This hotel blends together modern design and Bhutan’s traditional Dzong architecture. There are 66 elegant guestrooms, most of which offer spectacular views of the mountains high above the Thimphu valley.

The hotel is located in the capital city of Thimpu, making this a perfect place to stay if you want to explore the pristine wilderness, scenic mountain passes, centuries-old street festivals, and spectacular monasteries. (more…)

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