Colourful Rituals of Bhutan
Imagine a Hidden Kingdom that spans towering mountains and subtropical forests, where spirits speak in colours and happiness is the measure of progress.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
A Country with a Different Hue
The view of the Himalayas from the plane was breathtaking. It is not often that you can write a highlight on your traveller’s journal before the actual trip has begun. The moment you land in Paro, you feel that you have traversed a barrier into a Hidden Kingdom nestled by the giants of this Earth. You meet your guide, Mr. Sangay, and you soon discover that he is surely one of Andrea’s most colourful friends. It comes as no surprise that he has pursued the study of colours, and their symbolic meaning in all aspects of Bhutanese culture. The drive to Thimphu is a pleasant one. The countryside is lovely, and you can see the effect that Bhutan’s conservation policies have had on protecting the environment.
Lessons in Impermanence
Your day begins with a purification ceremony. After breakfast, you partake in a mandala offering. Before your eyes, Buddhist monks work dyed rock powder to create art. They are masters in their craft, and the beauty they create is inspiring. You have a go at your own mandala. It is not a masterpiece but your intent and effort have gone into it. It will be painful to see it destroyed. You leave the monks, who are still hard at work. Bhutanese Traditional Medicine draws from the wisdom of experience, and a Buddhist worldview. Colours, Mr. Sangay points out, play a role in it. Here, expert practitioners and healers analise you thoroughly and tell you your elemental colour. Through it, you will connect with the spiritual and cultural forces in Bhutan. Read more