Tashi Air inaugural int’l flight on Oct.10

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

  Aviation: Private airline Tashi Air released its international airfares and sold its first passenger ticket on Saturday.  The airline is planning to fly its first international flight between Paro and Bangkok, Thailand on October 10. A one-way fare for Bhutanese and Indian nationals flying Paro to Bangkok will cost Nu 11,000, while a round trip […]

The archery national game of Bhutan

Friday, April 26th, 2013

For Karma Wangda, 51, the excitement of participating in an archery tournament is almost like contesting an election.  The night before a match he can barely sleep, thinking about the next day’s competition. This has always been the case, despite having participated in umpteen tournaments, starting in the village as a 12-year old boy, and […]

Ablaze in the land of snow

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Not far from the Northern borders of Bhutan lies the Land of Snow, Tibet. It is a country whose history, traditions, and culture, are intertwined with Bhutan’s; our strongest link to Tibet being is our religion, our Buddhist heritage. The Bhutanese and Tibetans have battled with each other sparring over territorial and religious issues, but […]

The Bhutan highlighted Bhutanese culture

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

From art, crafts, language, literature, music and films to spirituality, the government has taken numerous steps to preserve and promote Bhutanese culture, according to the State of the Nation report. The Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley in his recent state of the nation report delivery to parliament detailed the developments on these fronts. Choedhey […]

Bhutan, World’s hotspot for felids

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Golden cat, marbled cat, leopard cat, clouded leopard, common leopard and tiger were caught on 60 camera traps The Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) covering 1,057sqkm has been named as a world’s hotspot for wild felids. The presence of six species of wild felids – golden cat, marbled cat, leopard cat, clouded leopard, common leopard […]

International Day of Happiness

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Search for Happiness: Tolstoy, Bhutan and the United Nations The tiny nation of Bhutan played the role of the physician, suggesting that the search for genuine happiness might be the cure the international community so desperately needs By Vinciane Rycroft, Educator, co-founder of Mind with Heart and coordinator of the Empathy and Compassion in […]

Bhutan Festivals

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Talo Festival: Every year, two weeks before the annual Talo tshechu in Punakha begins, a group of lay monks and elderly women gather below the Talo goenpa and practice mask dances and folk songs. It is not that there is no other space around the goenpa for them to practise.  But it’s believed that Gangsa […]

Druk Wangyal Tshechu – An Artistic Masterpiece!

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

On Thursday, 13 December,  I tweeted around 6.30 in the morning, “Going to attend and study Dochula Tshechu.” Indeed I had the great privilege of attending Druk Wangyal Tshechu. I could not attend the festival last year. However, I was fortunate to witness its three main dances which Her Majesty the Queen Mother Azhi Dorji […]

The resilient structure upon sleeping elephant.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Wangduephodrang Dzong: Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel was at Chimi lhakhang in Punakha when he met a bedraggled old man, who described the ridge in present day Wangduephodrang as a ‘sleeping elephant’. He told Zhabdrung that his aspiration to unify the country would be realised if he built a dzong on the neck of the ridge. Divining […]

The story of a man and a mountain

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Number did not matter. Out of 70 writers and artistes who spoke at the Mountain Echoes literary festival in Thimphu this week, the only indigenous Dzongkha writer, who presented himself and his work through English translation on Wednesday, made his mark among the largely English-speaking audience. Sixty-two-year-old Lopen Kunzang Thinley from Trashiyangtse, a foremost Dzongkha […]