Bhutan Adventure Holidays, Bhutan Family Holidays

Bhutan (or Druk Yul)
Ancient stone tools and weapons, remnants of large stone structures, and megaliths that may have been used for boundary markers or rituals, provide evidence of civilization as early as 2000 B.C.

Many historical references to Bhutan have called it land of the South or, Lhomon Tsendenjong (southern sandalwood or medicinal country).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
Bhutan is the land where people believe that fluttering prayer flag, hoisted on mountain passes, carry messages and prayers for peace and happiness of all sentient beings in the valley.It is a land where agreement is strong amongst all citizen that protecting, preserving and existing side by side with nature, and its fauna and flora can help attain increasing Gross National Happiness for the country. Bhutan is the land, among the least frequented travel destinationon on earth, thus the level of excitement, adventure, and satisfaction from journeying to Bhutan will not be encountered elsewhere.

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
Often known as “Last Shangri-La" to the West, Bhutan is truly a place where material possessions are placed above people's happiness. This is the country whose Government tries to measure the impact of development in terms of achievement of Gross National Happiness. This is the country where 97% of its people are found to be happy.

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.

AHKE Adventure Travel is a licensed Adventure Tour Operator and travel guide in Bhutan offers you and your family a unique and customized Adventure Holidays and trekking trips to Bhutan. Take an adventure holidays to Bhutan with your family and explore culture and traditions of Bhutan with AHKE

 

 

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.

Bhutan, being one of the ten designated Biodiversity Hotspot on earth, has more than what you might expect. Seeing of Musk deer, Blue sheep, Snow Leopards, Takin (the National Animal), Monal Pheasants, Black-necked Cranes and Wild birds are not uncommon. All Itineraries listed in the links allow you to further customize your own adventure with our help. Be the one to experience the real joy and peace traveling to the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom.

Bhutan Today
Today, the world is discovering the more exotic side of this kingdom, increasingly known for its pure practice of Mahayana Buddhism, its undiluted culture, traditions, and pristine environment. These days, it is not uncommon to see mention of Bhutan as one of the best holiday destinations in many travel magazines and other news media. This is a land which is truly majestic and pure, marked by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the ten global biodiversity "hot spots" on Earth.

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.

flag 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.

emblemThe 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).


Geography
Location: Latitude: 27.5 Longitude: 90.5
Area: 38,364 sq km (14,812 sq miles)
Population: 552,996 (2005 Bhutan Census).
Urban Population: 30.9%, and Rural Population: 69.1%
Density: 16 per sg km,
Growth: 1.3%;
Sex Ratio: 111:100 (male : female)
Major language: Dzongkha (official), Sharchokpa (widely spoken).
Major religions: Buddhism (official), Hinduism
Life expectancy: 62 years (men), 64 years (women) (UN estimate)
Literacy: 59.5% (2005 Bhutan Census)
Monetary unit: 1 ngultrum = 100 chetrum
Main exports: Electricity, agricultural products, canned foods, and
juices, alcoholic beverages, dairy products, silica, gypsum, wood products, cement etc.
GNI per capita: US $850 (2006 estimate, IMF)

 
 
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