Travellers to Bhutan now have a choice on the popular Paro-Bangkok air route with new carrier Bhutan Airlines. Operating an Airbus A-320, the Tashi Air subsidiary is operating daily commercial flights from Bangkok to Paro via Kolkata for refuelling before returning from Paro to Bangkok also via Kolkata.
Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava, popularly known as ‘Guru Rimpoche’, the saint who was responsible for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. The Tsechu draws hundreds of Bhutanese people in a spirit of reverence, blessing, festivity and celebration. The Tsechu comes to life with colour, music, dance and drama as villagers and townspeople gather to witness the masked dances, sword dances and other sacred rituals.
Jigrne Dorji National Park under the Department of Forest and Park Services is organizing the first Jomolhari Mountain Festival on 23rd and 24th October 2013 at Soe Dangochong. The festival is just one part of a larger effort to promote conservation the rare Snow Leopard. Visitors to the festival will be able to sample local cuisine, purchase locally made handicrafts like authentic yak fur robes and enjoy the traditional songs and dances of the region.
“Haa Valley” remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest. This valley only opened to foreigners in 2002 due to its proximity to the border with Sikkim and Tibet. This unspoilt valley harks back to a simpler, more traditional time, and its wooded hills give us an ideal setting for hiking and mountain biking. There are several pleasant walking trails in Haa and biking on the virtually traffic free valley to visit local areas of interest and village homes is an enjoyable way to spend the day.