ASuch openness about sex and a willingness to crack crude jokes seems incongruous to the pious and disciplined Bhutan I'd imagined, but humour, happiness and harmony lie at the heart of this in rice around Punakha
The adventure is offered in collaboration with COMO Hotels and Resorts, which owns the Bhutanese lodges Uma by COMO, Paro and Punakha
They also have recently opened a resort in Punakha
. Amankora The Aman resorts have created a range of exquisite lodges spread throughout the country, inviting you to take a OkoraO or Ocircular pilgrimageO as you go from one property to the next.
The biggest such tragedy on record hit the small Himalayan nation in 1994, when a glacial lake failed about 90 kilometers upstream from Punakha
dzong, killing more than 20 people and causing extensive damage.
Dochula, between Thimpu to Punakha
, is a cluster of stupas with an elevation of 3,100m in the centre of the valley, and offers a 360 degree panorama of the Himalayas.
The valleys along the Dochula mountain pass from Thimpu to Punakha
in Bhutan are scattered with rhododendrons and star magnolia trees in vivid splashes of pink, orange, red, and white, providing a stunning background to the mighty Punakha
dzong (fortress), temples, and chortens (stupas) along the route.
Clients will have panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas on a scenic drive to the Punakha
Valley visiting Punakha
Dzong, at the confluence of the Mo (Female) and Pho (Male) rivers.
This is the royal couple's first overseas trip after they tied the knot at a colourful Buddhist ceremony at a 17th century monastery in the ancient capital of Punakha
BHUTAN King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, left, greets the media and guests as Queen Jetsun Pema looks on after they were married at the Punakha
Dzong in Punakha
MEXICO Soldiers stand guard by Carlos Oliva Castillo, alias La Rana, or The Frog, centre, and two other detainees, Juan Carlos Garza Rodriguez, head of Castillo''s security detail, left, and Irasema Lopez Garza, Castillo's girlfriend, right.
55,000) Other significant cities--Paro, Phoentsholing, Punakha
Grags pa rgya mtsho alias Sangs rgyas grags pa (1646-1719), the famous disciple of Gtsang mkhan chen was a renowned artist and responsible for the creation of the first great applique thangka of Punakha
, the Gos sku mthong ba chen mo (mthong ba rang drol), commissioned between 1689-1692.
Package includes: Daily breakfast, accommodation and sightseeing which includes visit to Thimphu Valley, mini zoo, National Library, paper factory and Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, visit to ancestral house of the Royal Family of Bhutan in Trongsa and stay in Punakha