Bhutan Adventure Holidays, Bhutan Family Holidays
Bhutan (or Druk Yul)
Many historical references to Bhutan have called it land of the South or, Lhomon Tsendenjong (southern sandalwood or medicinal country). Bhutan's origin has been traced to the Sanskrit words Bhota-ant, meaning highlands country. The name Bhutan came to be used more widely in the late nineteenth century in English-language correspondence. The traditional name of the country, since the seventeenth century, has been Drukyul- country of the Drukpa, the Dragon People.
In 1907, Bhutan's 300-year-old dual system of government ended. In November of that year, an assembly of leading Buddhist clergy, government officials, and heads of important families established a new absolute monarchy. Sir Ugyen Wangchuck was elected as the first hereditary Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King, who reigned 1907-26) of Bhutan. This marked beginning of Monarchy in a unified Bhutan. The present King, His majesty Jigme Khesar namgyel Wangchuck is the fifth hereditary King of Bhutan.
Druk Yul and Buddhism
Druk Yul is the last surviving bastion of Tantric Mahayana Buddhism, maintained in the form and practiced since the 8th Century AD. This mystical Kingdom mystified the outside world for centuries by remaining secluded from the outside world hidden in its high Mountains, developing on its own terms the utmost care and caution.
Culturally rich and unique with strong Buddhist beliefs incorporated in people's day to day life, this sparsely populated Kingdom, surrounded on three sides by lovely snow-capped Mountains has existed for centuries in close harmony with nature. Most Bhutanese are farmers, and their farms are irrigatedby perennial streams fed by crystal clear glacial lakes filled by melting ice. Bhutan's prestine ecology and protected wildlife are found amongst high Himalayan peaks, within lush forested valleys.
Land, People and the Traditions
With about 69% of the population still living in rural Bhutan, farming is the occupation of the majority of Bhutanese. A barter system and close bonds within the family which may contain more than 50 members still exist in Bhutan.
Those visiting Bhutan are guaranteed a series of wonderful experiences, through seeing and living in the Bhutanese surrounding, and being a witness to centuries old festivals and unchanged medieval way of life in most Bhutanese. This medieval setting is alive, where farmers still practice subsistence farming to raise their family. The travel host will help you have life time experience of traveling through different cultural places in Bhutan.
The country’s most beautiful Himalayan valleys
of Thimphu, Paro, Bumthang, Punakha, Phobjikha, and Trashigang
will be canvassed during the trip. Meeting people at all wakes of your
tour, and taking pictures of many blooming wild flowers, alpine trees,
and wild animal would be experience worth taking.
Areas of Northern Bhutan bordering China are inhabited by wandering Yak herders, still pitching tents woven from yak hair, following ancient grazing trails. Bhutan's art and architecture are unique, incorporating Buddhist values in many forms. Paintings, signs and symbols on walls, windows, doors, and inside of homes and monasteries embody sacred stories, signifying people's trust and beliefs in Buddhist values. Bhutanese houses generally have a room on the upper floor where families keep a Buddhist shrine for daily prayers.
It is still in many way, the magical kingdom that contains scenes similar the West's medieval past which only a few lucky traveler experience.
The National flag is rectangular and divided diagonally into two parts, with a white dragon across the middle. The upper yellow half signifies the country's secular authority of the King in the affairs of religion and state. The lower saffron-orange signifies the religious practices and spiritual power of Buddhism manifested in the Drukpa Kagyud and Nyingma traditions. The dragon symbolises the name of the country, Druk Yul, and its white colour signifies the purity and loyalty of the Bhutanese people. The snarling mouth of the dragon expresses the strength of the male and female deities protecting Bhutan, while the jewels in its claws represent the wealth, prosperity and perfection of the country and the people.
The National Emblem, contained in a circle, is composed of a double thunderbolt placed above a lotus, surmounted by a jewel and framed by two dragons. The double diamond thunderbolt represents the harmony between the secular and religious powers; which results from the Buddhist religion in its Vijrayana form. The lotus symbolises purity; and the two dragons, male and female, stand for the name of the country- the Thunder Dragon (Druk Yul).
Suite No. 05. Druk Phunsum Tsogpa Head Office Bldg, Opp. Changlimithang Stadium, Chang Lam St. Thimphu
KINGDOM OF BHUTAN.
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