Greetings from the Tourism Council of Bhutan
On the happy occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, the Chairperson, members and Secretariat of the Tourism Council of Bhutan offer our sincere greetings and felicitation to the Government and people of the Republic of India.
May the people of the Republic of India continue to enjoy greater peace and prosperity of all times to come and may close friendship between Bhutan and India grow ever stronger. 🇧🇹 🇮🇳 #TourismBhutan#HappinessIsAPlace#Bhutan
The Tourist carefully studying the textiles of Bhutan.
Handweaving textiles are commonly found all over Bhutan, despite factory-made textiles are cheaper and easily available.
Bhutan takes preserving the traditions carefully. #bhutan#happy
Also known as Pungthang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang (meaning "the palace of great happiness or bliss"), is the administrative centre of Punakha District in Bhutan.
Constructed by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in 1637–38, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures.
During its construction Ngawang Namgyal became the first leader of a unified Bhutan, following his concerted efforts to unify the country into one unit.
The House of Wangchuck currently rules the country. This monarchy was established in 1907. The same year, Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck (or Deb Nagpo) as the first Druk Gyalpo. At that time, Punakha was the capital of Bhutan.
Back in olden days, It was first introduced by the Tibetan saint who came to Bhutan in 16th century.
(Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel).Along with these he is also regarded as the unifier of our country #Bhutan .
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I drew butterflies of Bhutan.
The only nunnery in the Capital it is popularly known as Zilukha Anim Dratshang. It is located above Zilukha Lower Secondary School, overlooking Tashichodzong in Thimphu valley and is a few minutes’ drives from the town. It was built in 1976 by the 16th emanation of Thangtong Gyalpo (1361-1485), Drubthob Rikey Jadrel. You may interact with some 60 nuns or so that has devoted their life to spirituality and Buddhism.
Saint renowned as the great Siddha, the most accomplished Master in the Tibetan Buddhist world, and father of Tibetan Opera and builder of numerous iron chain bridges across the Himalayas. This was established with the aim of promoting Buddhism in general and teachings associated with the Tangtong Gyalpo in particular.
Under the Rikey Jadrel Rinpoche, the nunnery is started with forty-five nuns but today it houses more than the sixty nuns engaged in Buddhist study and practice. The nunnery mainly follows the Jangter lineage and Abham Terchoe of Nyingma School and Shangpa.
In a SPECIAL OPERATION concerning High Alert & Vigilance on the occasion of upcoming Republic day; today at around 1030 hrs 'C' Coy Jaigaon led by Company Commander Neeraj Kumar Sharma seized 02 Country Made 7.62 MM Pistol, 03 magazines and 13 rounds live ammunition alongwith two apprehension namely Sojai Ali & Md. Israf Ali of Malda(WB) from Jaigaon bus stand. The seized items with apprehended persons were handed over to Police Station Jaigaon. Further investigation is under process !
Info: Arvind Kumar, Commandant, 53 BN SSB Simlabari.
Ada keributan apa hari ini? Tolong spill the tea while I’m drinking honey ginger lemon tea sembari menikmati pemandangan #Bhutan yang segila ini dari balkon kamar di @comohotels uma punakha.
Di ujung sana, puncak gunung es bersalju. Di samping sungai, ada sawah yang sudah dipanen sehingga warnanya kecoklatan. Sungainya sendiri adalah sungai cewek (seriusan, ada sungai cewek, ada sungai cowok wkwk) So, ada keributan apa plis kabari. Tengs.
“How do you measure happiness?” Tanyaku ke guide yang langsung nyengir lebar sekali — mungkin karena wajahku superserius ketika bertanya, sehingga tampak lucu.
Sebagai pencetus GNH (Gross National Happiness) sebagai ukuran kebahagiaan rakyat di #Bhutan , bukan lagi GDP, infrastruktur, kemajuan teknologi, kemampuan ekonomi dll, Bhutan memang mencuri perhatian dunia atas konsep ‘nyeleneh’ mereka. Apalagi, di daftar indeks negara paling bahagia sedunia, Bhutan berada di posisi 95 — bahkan di bawah Indonesia (kita di 92), Top 5 dihuni Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland dan Belanda.
Hari itu kami sedang menuju ke @comohotels di Punakha, dan tak sekali pun aku melihat wajah-wajah merana. Tak sekali pun! Kami bahkan sempat diajak makan siang di rumah penduduk setempat, disambut penuh kehangatan yang tak dibuat-buat, senyuman tulus, makanan lezat di rumah panggung dari kayu dengan perapian antik, duduk di lantai beralas bantal empuk dan mendengarkan para pendeta Buddha mendaraskan doa untuk kami supaya kami selalu diberikan keselamatan dan keberuntungan dalam hidup.
“Are you familiar with the concept contentment?”
“Very good. That’s happiness for us.”
“A state of being content?”
“Yes. It’s not about how much money we have, or how many branded stuff we own, or being jealous of what we don’t have. It’s an art of feeling enough.”
Aku balas tersenyum. Konsep yang familiar, rupanya.
“We are taught to appreciate what we have rather than wanting what we don’t have. We are learning that all lives matter, that’s why we don’t kill animals here.”
Aku kembali mengangguk. Masuk akal.
“Have you encounter an event when people don’t smile back at you when you are here?”
Aku menggeleng. Selama di Bhutan, setiap bersiborok pandang dengan siapa pun, mereka selalu, SELALU, tersenyum.
“Well, that’s happiness for us. It comes from here.” Ia menunjuk dadanya, dan tersenyum. Cuaca dingin hari itu mendadak hangat sekali.
From @himalayan_edges Kashmir calling, Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in the Baramulla district of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The town is situated in the Pir Panjal Range in the western Himalayas. #Wikipedia
I am a sucker for unique, unheard, rewarding experiences in new cities and countries. Meeting a head-monk of a nunnery was the greatest, most highlighting experience of my Bhutan trip. Thanks to @graylangurtours for making it happen for me.
So, I got a chance to be in conversation with the Head Monk of a Nunnery. The conversation helped me learn a couple of interesting as well as important points of this Nunnery situated on a mountain top of Punakha. "This is the Biggest Nunnery in Bhutan, known as Snagchen Dorji Lhundrup Nunnery in Punakha. It is also the only Buddhist University in Bhutan for Nuns. Its construction was started in 2008 and the first academic year was 2011. They started with 30 nuns, now consists of 130 from all over Bhutan". The most interesting and inspiring part of this entire conversation was that the nunneries were never popular in earlier days as there wasn't any government support. Now that things are changing, they focus on gender equality and plan to send the first graduation batch from University for a retreat, for a period of 3 years 3 months 3 weeks & 3 days. Just the monks have been doing this for all these years. Wait, really? Isn't that motivating? I am so happy to know all this by the person who stays, organises and lives in the nunnery itself to ensure everything smoothly!! There were many stories and anecdotes he shared throughout the conversation, but I'll share that some other day.
Punakha. The Capital of Bhutan until 1955 before it moved to Thimphu.
After Paro and Thimphu, Punakha is the most famous destinations across Bhutan. Annnnd it is worth being famous. What a gorgeous valley I tell you.
The rivers Mo chu and Pho chuu running through the valley with the Dzong Punakha also known as Punthang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang by the side leading to this gorgeous- the longest one of its kind in Bhutan.
There is a famous and unique monastery Chimi Lakhang aka Fertility Temple and then there is this Only Buddhist University of Bhutan for Nuns. (Gonna tell you more in this later). Punakha has a lot to offer 🙌
PS This Bridge is A Must if you happen to be in Punakha, don't let this be skipped. It may be crowded with locals getting from one side of the valley to the other but WORTH ITS BEAUTY.
Personally, I would have skipped the Punakha Dzong and instead would have done a hike nearby. The Dzong has lot of history and beautiful architecture but not story and life attached as far as I could understand. Else, Punakha is sheer love set in the valley.