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The Kingdom of Bhutan, also
known as Drukyul - the Land of
the Thunder Dragon, is one of the
few unexplored tourist destinations in the
world. It has been declared a global hot‐spot
by the UN organisation ‐ World Wildlife
Fund, because of its pristine environment
and rich bio‐diversity. Straddling the eastern
Himalayas with China to the north and India
to the south; this landlocked Himalayan
kingdom (almost the size of Holland) is a
land of immense natural beauty and rich
ancient cultural, traditional and social values.
It is often referred to as the last Shangri‐La.
Bhutan’s eco systems stretch across
all climatic zones ‐ from the sub‐tropical
vegetation in the south with an altitude of
200 to 300 metres to moderate height of
2,000 to 2,500 metres in the central region.
Then there is also a much higher Alpine
zone with the towering Himalayan range
and glacier. These give spectacular views to
The Bhutanese people are described
as good natured, friendly and fun loving.
However the ruggedness of the country’s
terrain and remoteness of the valley have
led to the settlement and formation of many
scattered communities throughout Bhutan.
Although the state religion of the Kingdom
is Mahayana Buddhism, people in the eastern
part of the country follow the Nyingmapa
sect of Buddhism. The natural environment
is mostly undisturbed and in pristine form.
With a national goal of maintaining 60
percent of the countr y under forest cover for
all times to come, the future of Bhutan’s rich
bio‐diversity is ver y secure. Today, about 65
percent of the country is under forest cover
with 26 percent as protected areas (National
Parks and Biological Corridors), enabling
harmonious existence of the eco‐system.
Leading Aussie travel agent Gay Globe
has created a tour of Bhutan with unique
experiences rarely available to the general
touring public. With their specialist local
Bhutanese operators, this tour takes guests off
the beaten track and offers the opportunity to
meet Bhutanese people and experience their
rich ancient cultural, traditional and social
values inside their own world. Commencing
from the capital city of Thimphu to visit
some of Bhutan’s most important and striking
historical monuments, the tour continues to
the valleys of Punakha, Bumpthang , Ura and
Gangtey, the trip will culminate in a 4-hour
hike to Taktshang Monastery, perched on a
cliff, 900 metres above the valley floor where
legend has it that Guru Rinpoche brought
Buddhism to Bhutan in the eighth centur y.
Gay Globe’s tour of Bhutan promises to deliver incredible memories.
Gay Globe’s 10-day trip to Bhutan reveals the
wonders of an ancient world.
Highlights include sightseeing in Thimphu,
where you can visit the national library and
see ancient Tibetan texts, the Painting School
and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum
(the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan).
Journey to Dochula where you will be treated
to an uninterrupted view of the Himalayas.
Travel to the confluence of the Mo Chu and
Po Chu rivers where you will discover the
Punakha Dzong – the winter residence of
Bhutan’s monks. Visit Trongsa, the land where
ancient kings formalised their ascension. Visit
Jakar Dzong the largest Dzong in Bhutan and
explore the Tamshing Monastery.
The tour departs Jan 13. Prices $2990. More
info (02)8005 1690 email info@gayglobe.
com.au or visit gayglobe.com.au
...The natural environment is
mostly undisturbed and
in pristine form.
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