Referred as “The Last Shangri-La,” the Kingdom of Bhutan is the hubbub of ancient Buddhist cultural riches of South Asia. People here mostly follow Vajrayana Buddhism. This small Himalaya kingdom is renowned for its national policies, one of which can be –“One of the last countries to introduce Television to its people, and later, Internet.”
Bhutan (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་ཡུལ་) is a small, landlocked nation located at the eastern end of greater Himalaya. Surrounded by China in the north and India in the south, east and west, the culture of Bhutanese is equally inspired by its neighbors. People here value their customs and arts dearly, therefore, protection of old artifacts, traditions and culture is highly practiced and religiously followed.
In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907.
Origin of Druk
The Druk (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་) is known as the “Thunder Dragon“ in Bhutanese mythology, and it is widely used a symbol for many national causes. A druk appears on the Bhutanese flag, national emblem and has many other representations. In their native dialect, they refer Bhutan as Druk Yul, or Land of Druk, and Bhutanese leaders as Druk Gyalpo.
Most of the products exported from Bhutan carry the same insignia, therefore, making it easy to identify Bhutanese products. The national anthem of Bhutan, Druk tsendhen, translates into English as “The Kingdom of Druk”.
Druk Path Trek
The Druk Path trek is a cultural tour of the greater Bhutan. One of the shortest treks in the region, Druk path undertakes the traditional route used by the early inhabitants of Bhutan. You also get an opportunity to visit Lhakhangs, Dzongs and ethnic villages.
The trek starts and ends at Paro. It is a fairly easy hike to undertake as the rest camps are available in shorter distances. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2,400-4,200 m.
After arriving in Thimphu, you can enjoy seeing the impressive Tashichoedzong, the ancient summer capital of Bhutan. It also offers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum 7,570 m (24,836 ft).
Touring Bhutan can be done in two different seasons; Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November), when skies are clearer and days are warm. Tourists mainly avoid traveling Bhutan during Summer/monsoon.
- Druk Path Trek -12 Days