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12 Places to visit in Thimphu

Thimphu

  As a visitor you’re probably wondering what Thimphu has to offer in terms of aesthetics. Well, Little Bhutan has come up with a list of things you could do and the places you should visit while taking in the sights and the surrealistic setting of this magnificent Himalayan … [Read more...]

Soaring High Once Again!

Black Necked Cranes (flight)

Revered and deeply respected in Bhutan, the Thrung Thrung Karmo not only flies around Phobjikha valley but also in Bhutanese folklore and in Bhutanese song and dances. Sadly, today, it has flown straight into the list of vulnerable species. Currently, the population of the black-necked-crane – … [Read more...]

The Fourth Druk Gyalpo – A Visionary & King Extraordinaire.

K4

    On the morning of December 14, 2006, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme SingyeWangchuck issued a royal decree that declared the Crown Prince, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the new King of Bhutan. Though at that moment it stunned every Bhutanese, it was a moment in history … [Read more...]

From One Blackboard to Computers.

School Children in the remote village of Merak & Sakteng

It was only in the early 60s that secular modern education of the Bhutanese began; in a small room located at a watermill at the base of Trongsa Dzong. There was just one teacher and just one blackboard. Until then, monastic education was the only form of education accessible to the Bhutanese. … [Read more...]

The Nabji Korphu Trail

Trekking in Bhutan

    My moment of reckoning arrives when I say yes to a fateful trip that sparks childhood memories of leisurely hikes in the green valleys of my youth and so much else besides. It begins when― after too many years of urban indolence and monotony― I choose to accompany my friend … [Read more...]

White Bellied Heron.

White bellied heron

  The Gentle Giants Face Rough Opposition One among the 50 rarest birds in the world with a population of less than 200, the white bellied heron, also referred to as the gentle giant because of its mild nature, has at present found its passage into the list of ‘critically endangered’ … [Read more...]

Atsara – Not just a clown!

Atsara

A huge, bloody red nose is the first thing that strikes you about the Atsara. Then comes the exaggerated facial expressions – the perpetual grin as if to mock you to submission. And then the attire gets you, somewhere between a hippie and a gypsy doing an absurd dance. Say hello to the Atsara, the … [Read more...]

The Significance of the Chipdrel & Marchang Ceremony

Chibdrel procession

The Chipdrel and Marchang ceremony is a sight we witness at any given scenario in Bhutan. It seems like the scale of occasion doesn’t matter - be it a Royal Wedding, a visit by a head of state, or the promotion of a high ranking official - a Chipdrel and Marchang ceremony can make one small event as … [Read more...]

Birdwatching in Bhutan

Birdwatching

  Covering 38,394 sq. kilometers, Bhutan boasts of 70% forest cover, which is home to more than 700 species out of the 2,900 species of birds in Asia. Bhutan is considered a birding paradise with 678 recorded species. At least 14 species are globally threatened and ten fall within the … [Read more...]

Democracy & Buddhism

Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse Rimpoche

The future lies along the avenue where religious enlightenment meets personal freedom Some years ago a young man chafing under what he imagined to be the restraining strictures of Buddhism posed the following question to His Holiness Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rimpoche: “Didn’t the Buddha say one … [Read more...]