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Buddhist Prayer Beads-Strings of Enlightenment

Held in the hand and fondled with love and devotion by monks and all devotees alike, Buddhist prayer beads are highly revered as the “strings of enlightenment”. The prayer beads assist in one of the most spiritual aspects of Buddhist practice, aiding in focusing the mind and letting go of all earthly desires. Prayer beads are …

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Hunt for the World’s Most Expensive Fungi

When you’re on the hunt for Cordyceps Sinensis, you’re looking for a mushroom that grows out of a caterpillar’s head. It’s said to take the form of a “plant” in the summer and an “animal” in the winter. The Bhutanese and Tibetans call it Yartsa Guen Bub, which means “summer grass winter worm.” Cordyceps has …

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Bhutan Opens for Tourism After Two Years of Relentless Efforts

In 2020, when the travelers around the globe were geared up to be immersed in the mountains capped with gleaming colours of nature, the Travel corridors closed. The country suspended Tourism visas on 6th March 2020 after a case of Corona Virus was reported. Though the parts of the international community have begun to see …

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6 women-owned Bhutanese brands to shop this year

Gone are the days when women were only recognized for caring for their families and were restricted to their homes. In the past, Bhutanese women were rarely seen doing business upfront because, like many other countries, it was considered a man’s realm. Entrepreneurship in Bhutan was a  man’s dominion traditionally with Bhutanese men traveling to …

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Hand Spinning Prayer Wheels: Spinning the Wheels of Dharma

Hand Spinning Prayer Wheels: Spinning the Wheels of Dharma

Believed to help people in gaining merit and cleansing their karma, Hand Spinning Prayer wheels are cylindrically shaped wheels with sacred Buddhist scriptures inscribed in the form of mantras, which are to be chanted in a repetitive order. The hand spinning prayer wheels are a common sight in the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. On the …

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The struggle of the handicraft industry in Bhutan under COVID-19

Bhutan’s fight against COVID-19 has been successful so far with the lowest death and infection rate worldwide.  On the 6th of March 2020, a 76-year-old American tourist who had travelled from India tested positive. This was the first registered case in Bhutan. Subsequently, the country implemented strict containment measures and closed its borders to all …

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Bhutan Best kept wellness secret is making headline in UK

One of the oldest Buddhist arts, incense-making is a tradition following strict methods which are centuries old. Buddhists use incense as a sacred devotional offering. Incense is also used in Tibetan medicine, which is regarded as one of the “Four Great Traditional Medicines” in the world. In Bhutan, a small factory called Nado Poizokhang is …

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