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To be draped in a kira, you got to wear it first!

How to wear a Kira. (Pic Courtesy: Raonline)

The national dress for women in Bhutan is the kira. It is a rectangular piece of cloth (hand-woven or readymade) that is wrapped around the body and pinned at each shoulder by clasps or brooches called komas. An inner blouse called the wonju and an outer jacket called the tego is worn to complete … [Read more...]

Bhutan to Get its Own Helicopters

H130 Airbus Helicopter

The current government formed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by a landslide victory in 2013, is keeping good on their word. In the build up to the election, during the campaign period, the PDP had pledged to purchase two helicopters to make life easier for cut-off communities in regard to … [Read more...]

Zen and the Art of Wearing a Gho.

A group of Bhutanese boys in Gho

A knee-length robe or the gho - tied at the waist by a hand woven cloth belt known as the kera - is the national dress for men in Bhutan. It was introduced in the 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and has ever since been a distinctive feature for the Bhutanese. But, while it looks … [Read more...]

Picturesque Paro.

Paro is undoubtedly one among the most developed dzongkhags in the country. Situated in perhaps the widest valley in the kingdom, it is covered in fertile rice fields, and the charming town itself lies on the banks of the Paro Chhu meandering down the picturesque region. The main town street - … [Read more...]

More than just a Bulls Eye!

An Archery tournament in process in Thimphu

Whoever said the game of archery is boring, should think again. In Bhutan, under the surface and away from the archery match, there’s plenty happening. From divine interventions and coercions to casting spells and witty barbs, everything is permissible. The national sport of Bhutan is … [Read more...]

When Darkness Settles, Night-hunting Begins.

Sunset in Punakha, Bhutan

Bhutan is a country that is soaked in customs and traditions. While most customs and traditions don’t raise eyebrows, there is one that is a little unorthodox. Yes, you guessed it right; we’re talking about Night-hunting. Night-hunting or the traditional culture of nightly courtship and romance … [Read more...]

Monpas: Bhutan’s Earliest Inhabitants

The traditional attire of a Monpa

The people of  Kudra, Phumzur, Jangbi and Wangling who live inside the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, in central Bhutan are called  Monpas, believed by some to be the first inhabitants of Bhutan. A close-knit people, they live in one-and two-roomed bamboo walled thatch huts and larger … [Read more...]

Rafting – the Ultimate Experience

Rafting along the Phochu River in Punakha

It wasn’t until the first few seconds prior to boarding the raft that I felt the first tinge of fear, of panic, of terror. I’ve always been terrified of water ever since I was a little boy. I get queasy every time I have to get into it, and here I was on a raft in the middle of one of the world’s … [Read more...]

To The People With Love

HM the Royal Grandmother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck & HM The 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Last Month on May 21, the Bhutanese people received a gift in the form of a beautiful garden from Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck on her 85th birth anniversary. Spread across 8.35 acres in the heart of the scenic Thimphu valley, the Ludrong Memorial Garden sits between … [Read more...]

Manas, One of Bhutan’s Top Destinations

Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan

The Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan had remained closed to the public for years and so people knew very little about it then. Now, after it’s been open to visitors recently, visitors are finding out the park is indeed a crown jewel for the Himalayan nation given its rich tropical and … [Read more...]