Entries by David Kneale

Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service launched

Bhutan’s first rotary air support during emergency for public was officially launched in November. Apart from emergencies the helicopter will also be used to ferry government officials to oversee and monitor developmental activity. The helicopter can be hired for private uses like transporting passengers, scenic flights for tourists, and transportation of cargo.

Son of the Dragon

Born in November 1977, Sonam is the youngest of five siblings and comes from Kyichu village in Paro. The son of a village farmer, he spent his early childhood in Paro and went to school there. In 1999, he joined the Royal Body Guards and served for 3 years. The years from 2003 to 2005 […]

2014 Recommended Festival Itineraries

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, […]

Jomolhari Mountain Festival

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 […]

New Tour – Haa Valley Jaunt

“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 […]

Drukair flights form Singapore

Bhutan’s national airline Drukair has begun direct flights to and from Singapore.  In addition to its flights Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka and Kathmandu, Drukair now has a weekly flight from Paro to Singapore on Wednesdays and Saturdays and from Singapore to Paro on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights from Singapore to Bhutan take approximately 5 hours […]

Visit ‘Simply Bhutan’ – A Village in the City

‘Simply Bhutan’ is a living muesum set in the heart of Bhutan’s thriving capital, Thmiphu. Inaugurated in late August 2012, it is a depiction of Bhutan’s ancient cultural heritage and the living ways of Bhutanese people in olden days. Simply Bhutan has an altar, a Zhabdrung museum, photo studio where visitors can be photographed in […]

Uma Punakha Now Open

The 11-room Uma by COMO Punakha was launched in mid September 2012, on a hillside in the lush Punakha Valley with incredible bird’s-eye views across bright green terraced fields and the bending Mo Chu river. These clear blue glacial waters flow downstream towards Punakha Dzong, one of the most important and beautiful religious temples in […]