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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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Culture of Hot Stone Baths in Bhutan
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The Traditional Healing Culture of Hot Stone Baths in Bhutan

Hot stone baths are imbued in Bhutanese culture and are recommended for a wide range of ailments. Bhutan, the “Land of Medicinal Herbs” (Menjong), derives its name from the country’s abundance of medicinal herbs. The traditional healing culture of hot stone bath in Bhutan, dates back centuries. It is a medicinal method that involves soaking

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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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Shingzo- the art of carpentry in Bhutan
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Shingzo, the art of carpentry in Bhutan

Bhutan’s unusual architecture is one of the most charming and omnipresent elements that the visitor observes across the kingdom, whether in the more crowded towns and metropolitan centres or in the rural valleys and settlements where the human population is minimal. Shingzo, or woodwork, has been used in the construction of beautiful dzongs and palaces,

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prayer flags in Bhutan
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Colourful Prayer Flags In Bhutan

Colourful prayer flags (dhar) are one of the most prominent features of Bhutan. The Buddhist prayer flags can be seen fluttering across the Kingdom. They are considered sacred and holy and should be treated with the utmost respect. On a trip to Bhutan, one is likely to notice colourful prayer flags fluttering throughout the countryside. 

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Cordyceps Sinensis, the medicinal fungus
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Cordyceps – the medicinal fungus from Bhutan

Every year, Bhutanese climb more than 17,000 feet to get a bag of cordyceps referred to locally as “Yartsa Goenbub”. Cordyceps Sinensis is a rare and powerful fungus found high in the mountains of Bhutan. Before the rainy season begins, spores of the Cordyceps land on the heads of caterpillars living underground, the fungus invades

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Tsharzo - the art of bamboo weaving
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Tsharzo, the art of bamboo weaving in Bhutan

Bhutanese have always lived in complete harmony with the natural environment, as have people from anywhere in the world before industrialization. People learned to obtain all of their basic needs, such as food and water, medicines, housing, clothing, and other key necessities, from their immediate surroundings in a sustainable way. Taking advantage of these abundant

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Rinyang Artisan - earrings
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An interview with Sonam Yangchen, the artist behind Rinyang Artisan

This week, we interviewed the very passionate Sonam Yangchen. An artist who paints and handcrafts statement wooden earrings that intricately incorporate Bhutanese textile patterns and designs, under the  Rinyang Artisan. Having loved painting since childhood, she is now sharing that love with others through her art. The first painting she ever sold at VAST was

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Gho and Kira, Bhutan traditional dress
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Gho and Kira, the traditionnal dress of Bhutan

There was a time when you could often tell where a person was from by looking at their outfits, but with modernisation, traditional attires are slowly becoming something of the past and people are wearing easier outfits often inspired by trends. In Bhutan however, the traditional dress of Gho for the men and Kira for

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singing bowl bhutan benefits
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The healing benefits of Tibetan singing bowl

A Tibetan singing bowl is a kind of bell that vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when struck. Also known as singing bowls or Himalayan bowls, Tibetan singing bowls are known to induce relaxation and offer powerful healing properties. They are thought to have originated 2500 years ago in the Himalayas (including Bhutan, Tibet,

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Shagzo - Woodturning in bhutan
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Shagzo: the art of woodturning in Bhutan

Blessed with an untouched and pristine natural environment, nowhere in the Himalayas is the natural environment as rich and diversified as it is in Bhutan. Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and deep valleys are home to spectacular natural biodiversity. An essential part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage, the thirteen traditional arts and crafts are closely associated with

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