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Monlam Chhenmo (The King of all Prayers)

HH Trulku Jigme Choeda

There are prayers, and there are prayers. Buddhism in Bhutan is a way of life where prayers permeate every occasion or activity. And the great prayer of the Monlam Chhenmo is revered as the king of all prayers. The prayer has its centuries-old roots in India and presently lives on at Bodhgaya or … [Read more...]

The Abominable Snowman

As fictional as the yeti may seem to a westerner, to the Bhutanese it still exists. Known as the migyo in Bhutan, the Bhutanese believe that sighting one is inauspicious. During a recent trek to the northern highlands, I was advised by yak herders that I run downhill should I spot a female yeti. … [Read more...]

ARROWS OF THE THUNDER DRAGON – A FEATURE FILM

Arrows of the Thunder Dragon

Set in the 1970s, the 'Arrows of the Thunder Dragon' follows a brother and sister Kuenphen and Jamyang where, in a remote village, they learn traditional archery from their old warrior grandfather. The respected but eccentric old man uses a heavy hand and strict discipline to train young Kuenphen … [Read more...]

Up close and personal with the majestic mountains

Bhutanese Himalayas

There are numerous reasons why you should visit Bhutan. And one of them is because of the spectacular glimpses of the world’s tallest mountain peaks that you can witness from Bhutanese airlines. The flights to and from Paro International airport offer guests’ the opportunity to view some of the … [Read more...]

The Bhutanese bucket list

Bhutan has much to offer and you can do a lot while in the country. Here, we, at Little Bhutan, present six bucket list activities that you should definitely try when in Bhutan. However, if all of these are not in your travel plan, we recommend that you at least make time for three – mountain bike, … [Read more...]

Naru – an ancient bon festival

Ketokha village in Chukha

The stunning landscape of Bhutan, from snow-capped peaks and pristine forests to sacred caves and mountain lakes, is also home to deities who protect the land. And to appease the deities, different regions have different festivals. One such festival, unique and ancient as the land itself, is Naru or … [Read more...]

Weaving – an art form in Bhutan

A Bhutanese weaver

Zangmo learned to weave watching her mother while still a little girl. Today, the skills she acquired some three decade ago, feeds her entire family. She weaves around two ghos or kiras per week (depending on the orders she receives from customers). And that fetches her around Nu 8,000. For … [Read more...]

Trongsa, tantalizing and historic

Trongsa Choetse Dzong

If you ever do visit Bhutan, make it a point to travel to Trongsa. I’ll tell you why but, first, let’s delve into the region called the vanguard of the warriors a bit. The town of Trongsa in central Bhutan is also the capital of the district that goes by the same name. The name Trongsa in … [Read more...]

A Culinary Guide through Bhutan!

A typical Bhutanese meal

Bhutanese cuisine is as diverse as its landscape and people. The reason being is that the Bhutanese people have different backgrounds and this multitude is reflected within the country’s cuisine. The different varieties of gastronomic history in the country can be divided along the country's … [Read more...]

Little Bhutan’s pick of the Top Five Books on Bhutan

Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan By Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

  There are a lot of books on Bhutan, written by Bhutanese and non-Bhutanese alike. And while some books capture the Bhutanese way of life in bits and pieces, somehow, they don’t do justice to a kingdom that has but only recently come out of its self imposed isolation. Below is our list of … [Read more...]