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Weaving – an art form in Bhutan

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

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!

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

  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...]

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

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

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 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!

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.

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...]