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Yathra- a Unique Weave of Central Bhutan
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Yathra- a Unique Weave of Central Bhutan

A Bhutanese woman’s most valuable asset is her traditional attire; a textile that speaks volumes about her feelings; an heirloom passed down from generation to generation. There is something unique about Bhutanese textiles. Its intricate patterns, rich with symbols and stories woven into each thread, are nothing short of mystical in their beauty. The motifs and fabric also reveal a

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Bhutan Postage Stamps—the rarest collectibles
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Bhutan Postage Stamps—the rarest collectibles

Since 1962, Bhutan postage stamps have served as a gateway for the country to showcase its creativity and innovation skills. The little emissary has been traveling the world, telling stories and spreading awareness about the existence of the blissful kingdom hidden among the giant peaks of the Himalayas. They have been sharing the country’s cultural and social aspects with the

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Weird Bhutanese Habits for a Healthier and Happier Life
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5 weird Bhutanese Habits for a Healthier and Happier Life

Bhutan is a land where the mighty borders are shrouded in a thick veil of mystery. The culture of the lush valleys fascinates every person who comes across it. Unique and, at times, bizarre traditions are intertwined among the people living in the rocky mountains.  For a long time, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan remained utterly isolated from the rest

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most popular herbal tea from Bhutan
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The 5 Most Popular Herbal Teas from Bhutan

Herbal teas from Bhutan are now gaining a lot of buzz among our customers due to the holistic wellness provided by the pristine nature of the country. The country, also known as “The Southern Land of Medicinal Herbs,” a reference to its historical name Lho Jong Men Jong, has frequently confounded visitors from all over the world. Its pure environment,

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Buddhist-prayer-beads
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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 the most beautifully crafted objects

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lemongrass-essential-oil
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Why is Bhutan’s lemongrass essential oil so popular?

Lemongrass essential oil is one of our best sellers. There are people ordering it from all over the world, and they often become regular customers. As regular lemongrass essential oil is a fairly easy product to source, we had a look at why Bhutan’s lemongrass essential oil is so popular abroad. Why are essential oils gaining popularity? We first looked

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harvest-of-cordyceps-sinensis
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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 been used as a tonic

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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 in fresh river water mixed

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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 the light of hope, one

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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, temples and monasteries, residences and

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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.  From mountain passes, bridges, monasteries,

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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 its tiny body and eventually

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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 natural resources, most of the

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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 a collage art that she

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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 the women is not something

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