Trips to Bhutan
Fibers of Bhutan – November 21 – 30, 2016 – from $2,995*
TRIP TO BHUTAN OVERVIEW:
A mysterious Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan is a serene place where Buddhism is the essential foundation interwoven throughout daily life. Intense storms in these dramatic mountains gave Bhutan its name which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” The landscape of deep valleys, lush forests and striking mountains is treasured by the Bhutanese people. Wildlife such as the golden langur, endangered snow leopard, black-necked crane, and takin, the national animal of Bhutan, call this stunning country home.
Bhutan maintained its independence for hundreds of years and remained closed to the outside world until 1974. Today, the country remains off the beaten path: full of vibrant culture and natural wonders that few people have the chance to experience. Bhutan’s constitutional monarchy aims to preserve traditional Bhutanese values and a quality of life that centers around spiritual values. This has been famously measured in terms of “Gross National Happiness.”
Fibers of Bhutan: Culture, Heritage and Art
This trip to Bhutan delves into the cultural and artistic heart of Bhutan. Traveling from west to east, you will see exquisitely built temples and shrines, hear the oral histories of the land and its inhabitants, and have intimate opportunities to meet the artisans and people who make Bhutan’s culture one of the most unique in the world.
In the western region of Paro, explore some of the holiest and historically significant temples and hike through breathtaking terrain. Northeast of Paro, in the capitol city of Thimphu, you will meet with a local textile designer and join her in an exclusive behind the scenes experience. You will also have time to engage in the capitol’s gallery of traditional Bhutanese culture. Explore the Thimphu weekend market to shop for handicrafts and immerse with locals in their daily routines.
Continue east across Bhutan via Dochula Pass: drinking in views of the higher Himalayas. The serene views are continuous throughout the Phobjikha Valley. Your Bhutanese experience will be crowned by hiking to the legendary Taktshang Monastery, also called Tiger’s Nest, on a trail through pine trees adorned with Spanish moss and fluttering prayer flags.
The tranquil kingdom of Bhutan is often called the “last Shangri-La.” The combination of Buddhist cultural traditions and stunning landscape make Bhutan a cherished and peaceful destination. Be one of the few travelers to experience Bhutan’s unique rural Himalayan life and arts.
- Learn from local women about the weaving traditions, materials and techniques of Bhutan.
- Visit the best arts and crafts museums in the country.
- Shop at the famed Thimphu weekend market, observing centuries of commerce and tradition.
- Meet local women and learn about their life and education.
- Hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang Monastery), and have the unique opportunity to go inside, light butter lamps and offer prayers.
- Sightseeing including dzongs (forts), monasteries, temples, other spiritual sites and wildlife refuges.
- Experience a country whose policies and cultural heritage have been shaped from Buddhism for thousands of years.
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