The national flag of Bhutan is one of the national symbols of Bhutan. Each part of the flag has a specific significance. The white color of the dragon is said to symbolize purity, while yellow symbolizes Kings of Bhutan and orange stands for the Buddhist tradition. The jewelry held by the dragon represents the wealth and security of Bhutan. The flag in general represents our nationalism as well as our rebellion and everything else in between.
Archery is the national and most popular sport in Bhutan. The bow and arrow play an important role in many of Bhutan’s myths and legends. This sport is played during religious and secular holidays in the country. It became a regular social event that the whole family could attend. In addition to target shooting, cheerleading, singing, and dancing are just as much a part of Bhutan’s national sport as yelling at the opposing team.
The national emblem of Bhutan supports various elements of the national flag of Bhutan. The decoration is slightly different and contains a lot of Buddhist symbolism.The national emblem is surrounded by a circle and consists of a double diamond thunderbolt (dorje), which is placed on a lotus flower, crowned with precious stones, and framed by two dragons. The light represents the harmony of secular and religious power. The lotus symbolizes purity; the gems represent the government. The two dragons, one male, and one female represent the name of the land they proclaimed -The Thunder Dragon (Drukyul).
The royal crowns are well decorated with the figure of an ornamented raven. The Raven represents one of the most powerful deities in the country, Jarog Dongchen. People believe that deity leads and unifies this land in the form of a raven. It looks a lot like a crow, but the raven is much bigger in size.
The Takin (Budorcas Taxicolor) is the national animal of Bhutan due to its connection with the religious history and mythology of Bhutan. Legend has it that in the 15th century, the Tibetan saint lama Drukpa Kunley, known as the “Divide Madman”, created this unique animal-having a head of a goat and a body of a cow-the Takin. This is a very rare mammal with a thick neck and short muscular legs. It lives in groups and is found over 4000 meters in the northwest and far … northeast parts of the country.
It takes two to three years for a plant to develop from seeds. In the early 1990s, the blue poppy was declared as the national flower of Bhutan. One unique feature of this flower is that the blue blood flows through the plant and it’s a rare flower. It grows to 1 meter high and is found at higher altitudes. It was discovered in 1933 by a British Botanist, George Sherriff in a remote part of Sakteng in eastern Bhutan.
The national tree is cypress, which is rich in resources, and large cypress trees can be seen near the temple. This tree grows in a temperate zone between 1800 and 3500 meters. Its ability to survive in rugged terrain is comparable to bravery and simplicity. Bhutan is also known as Tsenden Jong- the Land of Cypress because the tree is abundant all over the kingdom.
Himalayan Hotels And Lodges
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The Village lodge Bumthang
Bumthang is a religious central hub, and one of the most desired tourist destinations in Bhutan.
The Valley Camp Phobjikha
The valley camp is a one of a kind retreat that offers cozy rooms and amenities.
The Village Lodge Paro
Paro is home to many fascinating things. Experience the relaxing lifestyle in the village.
Taktsang Village Resort
Paro has many highlights for tourists. One of the most beautiful of Bhutan’s valleys.
Things you should know
The Daily USD 100 Sustainable Development (SDF) Fee.
Foreign visitors to Bhutan must pay a sustainable fee of USD 100 per day.
The Minimum Daily Package Rate (MDPR) has been removed.
Tourists will be able to engage service providers directly and pay for their services accordingly.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.