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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan
    huge bus loads We use 4x4 jeeps and small minibuses all well maintained and driven by careful and experienced drivers ROADS AND DRIVING TIMES The mountainous terrain and winding roads mean that distances are covered slowly but the landscape is ever changing and often breathtaking With spectacular views of snow capped mountains terraced rice paddies villages in lush green valleys and turquoise rivers the journeys are never boring but any

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - GETTING THERE - BHUTAN
    on most of group journeys which includes Druk Air flights and a night in India or Nepal at the beginning and end of the Bhutan itinerary please see individual itineraries for details We can book intercontinental flights for you or if you would prefer to book your own flights help out with flight research and advice Flight Options Bhutan only has one international airport Paro PBH and one airline Druk Air It is possible to fly into Paro from India Delhi Mumbai Kolkata Bagdogra Gaya Bangladesh Dacca Nepal Kathmandu Thailand Bangkok and Singapore There is a huge choice of flights including direct flights to these destinations We are able to book scheduled flights from the UK The Druk Air flight schedule changes by season and times are subject to change at the last minute When booking your international flights we recommend that you leave enough transfer time preferably 24hrs between your Druk Air and onward flight to allow for these changes Overland It is also possible to enter Bhutan from India overland at Phuentsholing which is about 4 hours drive from Baghdogra Airport and 5 6 hours drive from either Kalimpong Darjeeling or Sikkim in India Paro and Thimphu are

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Mongolia, Bhutan Holiday and Journey Specialists - Bhutan Regions - West
    West Introducing Bhutan Regions History People and Culture Festivals Ecology The Arts Religion What to Expect Climate Accommodation Food and Drink Transport Getting There Guest Book Journey Planner Download Brochure How to Book Order our Calendar Events and Shows Film

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  • Tours of Mongolia, Bhutan & Burma
    home to the Chin people Very few foreigners have done this There will be trekking to local villages and the chance trek to the summit Mt Victoria at just over 3000 metres The area is fantastic for wildlife especially birds and will be extraordinary culturally View in a larger map Includes a homestay Suitable for people with good fitness levels Far off the beaten track itinerary JOURNEY OVERVIEW Day 1 Bagan Kampatlet Day 2 Kampatlet Mt Victoria Aye Day 3 Aye Village Kyar Htoe Mindat Day 4 Mindat Kyin Chaung Bagan Day 5 Depart Bagan we really discovered hidden Burma especially when going to Mindat when we didn t see another tourist for 5 days Malin Arvidsson CHIN VILLAGES MT VICTORIA EXTENSION 5 Day Departs Oct May Days 5 Price pp TBC Price ca pp 0 EXTENSIONS Tailormade extensions are available before and after the trip Prices Include Accommodation based on shared twin rooms Meals as specified in detailed itinerary Activities as specified in detailed Local English Speaking guide Ground transport Local taxes Prices Exclude International flights Travel insurance Visa vaccination charges Private excursions Bar Bills Laundry Telephone calls items of a personal nature Photography charges www panoramicjourneys com info

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  • Top 5 Festivals in Mongolia - Traveller's Tales
    all things camel Taking in the beautiful scenery of the Gobi Desert with its towering dunes glacial canyons and red sandstone cliffs this is the land of the Bactrian camel and is the best time to see them in all their winter splendour as their coats are impressively fluffy and warm 4 Nauryz Spring Festival Nauryz Festival in Western Mongolia Nauryz is a new year celebration for the Kazakhs who are sunny Muslims in Bayan Ulgii province Celebrated on 21 22 March the day of the spring equinox Kazakhs call the month of March Nauryz the day of the renewed life which comes with the spring It is the day when the first spring thunder strikes birds are singing in the trees and vegetation grows wildly This non religious celebration of the spring and renewal is closely linked to some other Kazakh holidays such as a farewell to winter festival People believe the more generous the celebration of Nauryz the happier the year would be A time to settle rivalries upset and debts then fill all vessels in the house with milk airan plain yogurt grain and spring water to gain good yield fortune and plenty of rain during the coming year 5 Countryside Naadam Festival Local Naadam Festival Khatgal Local Naadam celebrations are our favourite of the Naadam festivals none of the queues or crowds of the big festival in Ulaanbaatar The atmosphere is fantastic buoyed by the legendary hospitality of the Mongolian people In traditional dress the colourful spectators watch competitors take part in the three manly sports of archery wrestling and horse racing Tradition states that only men will wrestle men and women can participate in archery and children some as young as 5 are jockeys for the races up to distances of 35km 6 Eagle Festivals Parade Golden Eagle Festival Western Mongolia There are two Golden Eagle Festivals held each year September and October when the weather is beginning to get cold and the eagles are livening up ready for a winter of hunting The ancient art of falconry as practised by the Kazakhs in the west has remained unchanged for millennia Admire the speed and power of the noble eagle and marvel at the close relationship that exists between her and her master Set against the majestic Altai mountain views this is an experience that truly epitomizes Mongolia Panoramic Journeys can design a bespoke tour to Mongolia incorporating any of these festivals alternatively we have designed several small group tours timed to coincide with the festivals reflecting our own personal highlights of Mongolia For other Mongolian festivals click here otherwise please contact one of the team to discuss your journey 44 0 1608 676821 or info panoramicjourneys com camel polo golden eagle festival July travel Kazakh Spring festival Lake Khovsgol local Naadam festival March travel Mongolia festivals Mongolian Ice Festival Nauryz Festival New Year Celebrations October travel September travel Thousand Camel Festival Tsaagan Sar Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet

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  • Mongolia | Traveller's Tales
    and plains of Gorkhi Terelj National Park No fences no restrictions and no speed limits I love just Read More Where to go in Mongolia Mongolia is one of the most sparsely populate countries in the world with a population of just 3 million people in an area of 1 564 116 km² To give you more of an idea the UK would fit into Mongolia nearly 7 times and it is 2 368 km 1 471 miles east Read More 5 Surprisingly Modern Things You Didn t Know About Mongolia It is true that for most travellers Mongolia is a distant land unfamiliar unspoilt and largely unchanged for thousands of years All of which we consider good things Another good thing is Mongolia s unfailing ability to surprise Mongolia manages to be at once a place of tradition and a Read More Living in Mongolia Part ll Trina and Mickey Cofer are missionaries who have spent the last ten years living in Mongolia Last year Panoramic Journeys spoke to Trina to get the low down on raising their children in the Land of the Blue Skies and published the interview on the PJ blog in December 2014 Read More Newer Entries Older Entries PANORAMIC JOURNEYS Welcome Welcome to the Panoramic Journeys blog We hope it paints an intimate portrait of the countries we visit Mongolia Bhutan and Burma Here you will find stories and adventures useful information interesting facts and beautiful photographs And every month we bring you the travel news from our three destinations Take the Trip of a Lifetime Trips to BHUTAN Trips to BURMA Trips to MONGOLIA PANORAMIC FIXERS CATEGORIES BHUTAN 69 BURMA 88 FAMILY FUN 3 FESTIVALS 12 FOOD DRINK 3 GENERAL 100 INDIA 2 INSPIRATION 16 MONGOLIA 129 PJ 10th BIRTHDAY 7 PJ NEWS

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  • PJ's Top 5 Tshechus (festivals) in Bhutan - Traveller's Tales
    three day tshechu is held here annually in November and is witnessed by people from as far as Trashigang and Lhuentse The festival offers numerous mask dances and is one of the most important events the area has to offer Join the celebrations of the Mongar Tshechu on PJ s Bhutanese Epic group trip where you can also see the Trashigang Tshechu in November 3 Druk Wangyel Tshechu Druk Wangyel Festival The Druk Wangyel Tshechu is a unique festival performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay people It is a tribute to the wise leadership of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck the Fourth King of Bhutan It also celebrates the continuous efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country This one of a kind tshechu is performed against the backdrop of the magnificent Jigme Singye Wangchuck mountain range Come and join us for this tshechu on the Bhutan Highlights group trip in December 4 Gomphu Kora Tshechu Gomphu Kora Gomphu Kora is one of the temples where Guru Rinpoche the great tantric mystic meditated It is a small temple in front of a huge black rock where he is said to have vanquished a local demon in the shape of a snake Each spring people from all over eastern Bhutan descend upon the narrow valley dressed in all their finery to partake in the festivities worship and to reunite themselves with their past Traditionally this festival was an occasion for the people of eastern Bhutan to choose their spouse To witness this spectacle you can join our Bhutanese Odyssey group trip in March which ends with the Paro Tshechu festivities 5 Paro Tshechu Paro Tsechu The five day Paro Tsechu is held each spring from the 11th to the 15th day of the second month of the Bhutanese calendar usually late March or April at the Paro Dzong Rinchen Pung Dzong This Tsechu is one of the largest festivals in Bhutan with pilgrims travelling from neighbouring districts to participate in the festivities The first day of the festival is usually held in the courtyard of the Dzong and includes dances such as the Black Hat Dance or Dance of the Lord of Death and his Consort On the final day a giant appliqué thangka or Thondrol is unrolled and displayed before dawn Visit the Paro Festival on our Bhutanese Odyssey group trip in March which begins with the Gomphu Kora tshechu If you would like to visit Bhutan and experience one of these unique and spiritual tsechu s Panoramic Journeys can suggest the most suitable group trip or work with you to design the perfect tailormade journey for you Look out for blogs coming soon on ideas for various length trips from 1 day to multiple weeks Until then c heck out our Panoramic Journeys in Mongolia Burma and Bhutan and contact the team at info panoramicjourneys com or 44 0 1608 676821 for help and advice Bhutan

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  • The Dragon Kings of Bhutan - Traveller's Tales
    to 1972 In 1953 he established a National Assembly of 130 members in a bid to promote a more democratic form of governance This legislative change was followed over the following two decades by the forming of a Royal Advisory Council and a Cabinet He also reorganised the judicial system and established a High Court The third king also developed Bhutan s first economic development plan which is still followed today He ended feudalism and slavery introduced wheeled vehicles expanded the education system developed a road system built hospitals He strengthened ties with other nations including Tibet China and India and in 1971 Bhutan became a member of the United Nations 4 Jigme Singye Wangchuck reigned 24 July 1972 15 December 2006 Jigme Singye Wangchuck b 1955 was the fourth king of Bhutan from 1972 to 2006 He ascended to the throne at the young age of sixteen after the death of his father He oversaw the last stages of the change of Bhutan s political system from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy allowing the National Assembly to impeach the monarch by a two thirds majority A new constitution was ratified in early 2005 and later the same year Jigme Singye Wangchuck announced his abdication in favour of his son The fourth king married four sisters the daughters of the aristocratic family of Yab Ugyen Dorji a descendant of Bhutan s founder Ngawang Namgyel He is perhaps best known for the philosophy of Gross National Happiness He believed that as a measure of a country s development and true progress GNH was more accurate than Gross National Product 5 Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck reigned 14 December 2006 present Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck b 1980 is the fifth king of Bhutan He became the Druk Gyalpo when his father abdicated in 2006 and his public coronation was held in 2008 amidst great national celebration His reign has seen Bhutan s first democratic parliamentary elections in December 2007 and March 2008 He has publicly stated that the responsibility of his generation is to ensure the success of democracy and he has travelled all over Bhutan talking about the country s new constitution what it means to the ordinary people and urging their participation in the electoral process At his coronation he said Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King I will protect you as a parent care for you as a brother and serve you as a son I shall give you everything and keep nothing I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations I shall always serve you day and night in the spirit of kindness justice and equality He continues to campaign for Bhutan s business and trade interests as well as taking a special interest in education and establishing many scholarships He married

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