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Google’s Street View vans continue to cover countries around the world, allowing people to virtually go anywhere from their computer screens. Courtesy of Google’s Street View team, you can now take A Virtual Drive Through Bhutan. Click on the links in the captions so you can explore more on your own!
The first Bhutan International Festival will be held this year in Thimphu! The festival will run from February 14 – 23, with the aim of promoting local arts and creative industries including art, photography, film and music.
BhIF is a non profit annual event – working to build a resilient platform for the ongoing support of the creative arts in Bhutan. Our mission is to provide a new outlet for artists from across the nation, and invite a cultural exchange with artists from around the world. – BhIF
Today National Geographic continues to feature Bhutan as a travel destination, highlighting the nations timeless heritage and its unique progression.
“Bhutan has, across the century, made unique progress as a nation. We have continually fortified the values of our traditions and cultural heritage, and the essence of what was observed of our country, a hundred years ago, still remains.” – Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.
The Kingdom of Bhutan may seem an unlikely place for bicycling culture, but today the sport is taking root in the mountainous country! One of the reasons for the increased interest is Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Bhutan’s fourth Druk Gyalpo. He is an avid cyclist who can often be found biking the steep foothills that circle the capital city of Thimphu. Another reason is The Tour of the Dragon, one of the world’s most challenging bike races which takes place in Bhutan once a year.
Whatever the reason, the current prime minster Tshering Tobgay says it best. “Gross National Happiness is about wholesome development. And cycling, like any worthy sport activity, is also about wholesome development. It is good for the soul, good for the body and good for happiness. You cannot love cycling and not be an environmentalist. It is one of the reasons we must encourage more cycling in Bhutan.”
An eventful year ahead indeed! The Royal Government of Bhutan has declared 2015 as Visit Bhutan Year to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Bhutan will also commemorate the events by observing National Reading Year to develop a national reading strategy to instil a healthy reading habit by establishing e-Libraries in all Districts.
The Jomolhari Mountain Festival, a community based initiative for the conservation of snow leopards, took place on October 8-9 at the base of Jomolhari. The festival included snow leopard themed folk songs and dances, traditional sports such as Khuru (darts), shot put, horse and yak riding, sampling of local delicacies and boutique handicrafts, and various picturesque guided hikes in and around Jomolhari!
Learn more about the Jomolhari Snow Leopard Conservation Programme from The Bhutan Foundation here!
One of the biggest annual festivals in Bhutan is the Thimphu Tshechu. Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country. This year the festival will take place between October 3rd – 5th in the capital city of Thimphu! This festival is in honour of Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. The Tshechu is also considered an occasion for praying and receiving blessings.
The highlight of Thimphu Tshechu is the showcase of ethnic folk dance in colourful costumes performed in the courtyard of the famous Tashichho Dzong. Many of the dances performed at the festival are designed to teach lessons about how one’s behaviour on earth affects the afterlife, while others are believed to influence the actions of the spirits or to purify sacred ground.
To learn more about the Thimphu Tshechu and to see a calender of events in Bhutan, visit the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s website!
One of the world’s most challenging bike races returns to Bhutan! The fifth Tour of the Dragon will take place September 6, 2014 in the mountainous region of Bhutan, covering 268 kilometres! The race covers elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,340 meters and crosses four mountain passes before concluding in the capital city of Thimphu, all in one day!
The race is aptly named the Tour of the Dragon, not only because it is being held in Bhutan, which is also called the Land of the Thunder Dragon, but also because of its difficulty. As difficult as it is to conquer a dragon, so is it difficult to complete the race! Stay tuned to see if any of the participants can beat last year’s fastest racer, Sonam from Bhutan, who completed the race in 11 hours and 13 minutes!