Episode 17



May 12th, 2024

1 hr 9 mins 51 secs

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About this Episode

Landing in Bhutan was like entering a new world, nestled between towering mountains at Paro Airport, where the intricate architecture hinted at the cultural richness waiting to be discovered. Our arrival was marked by traditional white scarves and local rice wine, setting a welcoming tone for our adventure. As we journeyed through the lush landscapes to Thimphu, each sight—from the serene local temples to the vibrant markets—offered a deeper understanding of this quiet yet profoundly spiritual country.

Exploring further, we encountered the unique traditions and daily life of Bhutan. Hiking through the Himalayas was challenging but rewarding, revealing breathtaking monasteries perched in the mountains, each adorned with colorful wall paintings and golden Buddhas. The tranquility of these sacred spaces, combined with the natural beauty of the trails and the genuine hospitality of the Bhutanese people, left us with a profound sense of peace and a deep respect for this secluded kingdom.

Episode Links

  • Locolust — A weblog about the joys of travelling. By yours truly.
  • Druk Air Official Website — The national airline of Bhutan, known for operating in challenging conditions and offering routes to and from Bhutan, including business class services on modified planes for landing in mountainous Paro.
  • Welcome to Bhutan — The official tourism portal of Bhutan providing information on travel, accommodations, and local customs such as the use of traditional welcome scarves.
  • Betel Nut — An article discussing the impact of betel nut chewing, including cultural significance and health implications.
  • Zombala2 Restaurant — A popular restaurant in Thimphu, Bhutan, noted for its delicious momos and unique chili fries.
  • 108 — The meaning of the number 108 in Buddhism – and elsewhere.
  • Six Senses Bhutan — A luxury hotel known for its exquisite service and dining options, including local and international cuisine.
  • The Tiger’s Nest — One of Bhutan’s most revered and iconic landmarks, perched on the cliffs above the Paro Valley.
  • Kira (Bhutan) - Wikipedia — Provides information on the traditional national dress for Bhutanese men and women, including the significance and occasions for wearing the dress.