The Kingdom of Bhutan, or the Land of the Thunder Dragon, basks in a secluded spot in the eastern Himalaya. Magnificent mountains, lush fields, thick forests, traditional lifestyle and a serene atmosphere are what Bhutan offers. Life goes on as it used to in the past, uncomplicated and peaceful, in this quiet sanctuary of art, culture and Buddhism. The Mahayana school of Buddhism flourishes in Bhutan in its purest form. The country is dotted with monasteries, which are repositories of Buddhist texts, impressive images and exquisite scroll paintings. The monasteries hum with the sound of monks reciting the scriptures and gaily decorated houses brighten up its quaint towns. Bhutan is like a trip into another world, into an exotic era untouched by modernization.
Our journey starts with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Paro airport on Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines). From Paro we move on to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang via the Dochula Pass (3090 m). The capital of Bhutan, Thimpu, is a thriving town on the banks of the Thimpu Chhu river.Its center of attraction is the massive Tashichhodzong building, the administrative and religious center of Bhutan.