Internationally recognized HAPPIEST country Bhutan really amazed me and was a worth solo travel in many ways. No visa required for (Bangladesh, Maldives, India). So you’re really lucky if you belong to those countries else cost is high to travel Bhutan. Last month during winter I took a short trip (Feb 20 – 23) to visit Thimphu and Paro. This country was new to me and I was not sure whether I’ll love to stay for more days or not. Well, I must say I fall in love at the first sight, the day I took a prestigious entry of this most peaceful and modest country. I know nature always attracted or amazed me. But what really amazed me in Bhutan? Details inside to find out 🙂
I was reading TASHI DELEK magazine provided by DrukAir (Royal Bhutan Airlines) and observing the beauty of the mountains. Oh, today (Feb 20) is the National Holiday for Losar (Tibetan New Year)!! The rest three-day celebration for (Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck), came to know from the magazine. I was completely unknown about the first ever Bhutan International Festival 2015 as well till I landed in the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Druk) at the Paro International Airport.
Paro Airport View
WOW! What a Beauty! I’ll never forget the one-hour scenic drive from the airport to Thimphu. The both sides captured with mountains and in the middle clean and beautiful highway. Absolutely mind blowing… On the way crossed beautiful Paro Chhu (river) and Isuna Bridge. Pine and Cypress (National Tree) trees created an extra beauty in the roadside. Traditional & Colorful architects and houses/buildings are also eye-catching.
On the way to Thimphu
What Really Amazed Me in Bhutan [7 Points]
During my days in Bhutan some points I’ll really love to share with my readers what commonly unknown to many of us until we visit this beautiful SAARC nation.
Uniquely Beautiful Nature
I took not a single moment to close my eyes as it was totally impossible ignoring the natural beauty here. Just a picturesque country with rich landscape everywhere. The snowy beauty of Jomolhari, Birds Eye View of the Paro Airport, Beautiful Thimphu and Paro Chhu, Deep Pine forests in Takshang, Tall Cypress trees in Dochula, Snowfall in Chele La Pass and much more is there to explore as a nature lover. Bhutan comes with different beauty in different seasons.
Paro Chhu at Children’s Park Thimphu
I was so excited to be in Takshang
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Philosophy of Happiness
In Bhutan, the economic development or growth not measured with the materials or products. All Bhutanese is encouraged to follow Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Here happiness actually based on good governance policy, practice or promotes own culture and tradition, and proper use of the environment.
Yes, being in Bhutan I amazed to see their love for the nation and their king and queen. No issues with politics, all are practicing their own culture. Really only money cannot buy happiness. This is the only country where happiness, not measured by wealth, but still, all are happy by practicing their own prosperity.
Traditional but Modern
The world’s only Buddhist nation, though traditional but modern in every aspect of their life and lifestyle. All are self-independent. They are Culturist. Love art, music (modern and classic). All are encouraged from their childhood to take good education. Mostly well enough to communicate in English and maintain smartness in a getup as well. They got many festivals to celebrate in every season.
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This year for the first time they organized the Bhutan International Festival (Feb 14 – 23) for art, music, photography, culture, film, and education where they invited many international artists with locals as well. I was lucky enough to join this festival at Clock Tower, Thimphu and what really amazed me is that most all programs/events were free for all. And I really enjoyed here the free open-air concert by British musician MC Xander.
Bhutan International Festival 2015 at Clock Tower Thimphu
British musician MC Xander performs at the Bhutan International Festival 2015, Clock Tower, Thimphu
Working Woman and Safe to Travel
Bhutan always considered as the safest Asian country in the world where you are safe all time. Here crime record is mostly zero and what really attracted me is that all women/girls are self-independent. I found them to work in restaurant, hotel, shopping center, farmers market and medical shop. All Bhutanese are friendly, modest and helpful whether they know you or not. They know how to treat any tourists. You are safe even in a crowd. No problem to travel alone as a woman, in fact, you’ll be amazed by their gratitude always.
Sales Woman at the Centenary Farmers Market, Thimphu
Trying Bhutanese Dishes with local friends (Norbu and Kumar)
Maintaining Discipline and Rules
Here all are habituated to follow every rule given by their government. They are following a proper parking system, no accidents on the road, even in the highway. The roads are clean and nicely maintained. Nobody throws dust here and there, everywhere you’ll find a bin and its proper use. Can I expect to maintain that in my country (Bangladesh) too? Huh!!! 😉
Car Parking at Thimphu near Changlimithang Stadium
Traditional & Colorful Architects
Here all houses and buildings still maintain their old traditional design in architecture. They use wood a lot to draw many pictures mainly dragon and then color or paints with many bright colors. Same goes for Dzongs or Fortresses and Monasteries, every Dzong got many many years old histories with the old design and architects.
Traditional Architecture in Thimphu
Traditional Design in House
Bhutan 100% Organic Nation
I was really surprised to know that Bhutan is going to be 100% organic nation in the world. Here the farmers practice avoiding chemical fertilizers in the field. The Bhutanese government has taken the initiative to produce organic food by not using any chemicals.
On the way to Dochula Pass, I found locals selling organic apples by the roadside. Each apple skin became dry but they didn’t use any chemical to look those fresh. Isn’t it so uncommon? Yes, it is. I bought one packet of apples and came to know July to August is the time to grow apples in Bhutan. Farmers also sell organic food products at Centenary Farmers Market in Thimphu.
Organic Apples by the Roadside in Dochula Pass
Organic Oranges at Centenary Farmers Market
That’s Bhutan, always happy with their own identity and truly a must-visit beautiful country in the world.
Have you visited Bhutan? What else really amazed you in Beautiful Bhutan?