Goway Opens The Door


Goway is opening the door to one of the world’s smallest and most exclusive kingdoms, Bhutan. With t

Bhutan Airlines now flying to Paro from Kathmandu, travellers have more options to access this mysterious country. Connections can be made through Bangkok, Kolkata, and Kathmandu with Bhutan Airlines, or with Drukair, the national carrier via Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Bangladesh and Singapore.

Maureen Atkinson, product & marketing manager for Goway, observed: “Bhutan is certainly an emerging destination for us. We find the majority of our clients are well-travelled individuals who are constantly in search of that new ‘untouched’ destination and Bhutan fits the bill perfectly.”

The tour company points out that Bhutan packs a rich cultural heritage into one of the smallest countries in the world. Its preservation of that culture is part of what makes it unique and a major lure for visitors. It’s also the only country in the world to measure ‘Gross National Happiness.’

Bhutan has remained detached from the rest of the world for centuries, and has only been open to tourism for 40 years — remaining one of world’s most exclusive tourist destinations.

One of the highlights of this country is a hike to Tiger’s Nest in Paro. Also known as Paro Takshang this is Bhutan’s most sacred temple complex, and is perched on the edge of a 3,000 foot high cliff in the Paro Valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha, flew onto the cliff on the back of a tigress, and then meditated in a cave which now exists within the monastery walls.

And not to be missed are the colourful festivals held in each village, the most famous one being the Tshechu in Paro. Rise early in the morning on the last day of celebration to watch the monks unveil a gigantic thangkha (embroidered painting) on the outside of the dzong. This takes place every year in March/April.

With rates starting at CDN$1057, Goway offers a 4 day Bhutan Interlude which highlights Paro and Thimphu.

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