Bhutan, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ was isolated and almost non-existent in the annals of the twentieth century history. That is why it stands out unique and special and is blindingly beautiful. To preserve this beauty and natural beauty, the country is taking cautious measures to ensure that progress does not cause any irreversible damage to the Eco-system.
Bhutan's culture is a perfect example of changing with times, but not losing the essence of one’s tradition and culture. It is the only country in the world where the sale of tobacco products is banned in the streets of the capital and towns have no traffic lights. The spell cast by this kingdom and its people is hard to ignore, which is why travelers keep visiting time and again.
It’s a country where television debuted as recently as 1999; where the first motor road was built as lately as 1964. It’s a country where the rice is red and chilies aren’t just a flavor but the main dish. It’s also a deeply spiritual land; where men and women wear the traditional dress (Gho for men/Kira for women) and giant protective phallus adorn the walls of traditional houses. It’s also the birthplace of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH), a development philosophy that places GNH above “Gross National Product”.
Culture of Bhutan
Religion and the institution of monarchy are an important part of the people’s lives; but the most striking fact is the extensive perpetuation of tradition in Bhutanese culture. This is most overtly reflected in the nature of dress and architecture. All Bhutanese continue to wear the traditional dress, men wears gho, a long gown hitched up to the knee so that its lower half resembles a skirt and women wears kira, an ankle-length robe somewhat resembling a kimono. Generally colorful apparel, the fabrics used range from simple cotton checks and stripes to the most intricate woven designs of silk.
Festivals of Bhutan
With Mythical Bhutan Travels you can be part of Tshechu (“tenth day”) which are Bhutanese festivals held every year in various temples, monasteries and Dzongs across the country. Basically a religious event celebrated on the tenth day of every month of lunar calendar corresponding to the birth day of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the month of Tshechu depends place to place and temple to temple. On these occasions people from various villages come together and socialize.
Religious mask dances are the biggest crowd puller on Tshechu. These dance performances are based on incidents from the life of Guru Padmasambhava. Every mask dance performed during Tshechu has a meaning or a story behind it. People also receive blessings from lamas as this said to cleanse away all sins. This event consists of colorful Bhutanese dances, reverence and blessing, feasting and socializing. These mask dances are performed by monks in monasteries as. Among many Tshechus in the country most popular are Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals many tourists from across the world are attracted to this unique, colorful and exciting culture in "Bhutan".
All mode of transport with in Bhutan is by road and there are no domestic airlines and trains. The motorable roads are well maintained and connect most of the places. However the mountainous terrain and winding road restrict the average driving speed of vehicle to about 35 km per hour.
Mythical Bhutan is a Unit of Galing-kha Group of Companies Private Limited registered as Private Limited Company under the Companies Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2000 vide Certificate of Incorporation Registration No. U20100211THI0245 dated 10th February, 2010. We are an accredited Travel Company registered with the Department of Tourism, Royal Government of Bhutan and the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators in the Year 2011. The Office is located in Thimphu the Capital of Bhutan.
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