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Offerings- a part of life

Incense is practically a “food group” in Bhutan! Everybody uses it daily, and in some instances in very large amounts.  Smoke offerings are, very simply put, performed to clear karmic debts, heal land and create a more positive environment. The lovely fragrant incense from Bhutan is coveted by many Buddhist people. This story from the paper in Bhutan on the topic, with a wonderful video, was enjoyable.

“Incense- part and parcel of Bhutanese every day life” by By Chimi Dorji, Paro

Incense stick or locally known as Poi is an integral part of Bhutanese ritual. It is a must for every home, be it small or big, to have incense burnt while offering water to the altar every day. Besides, no Bhutanese visit a lhakhang without incense sticks.    For Full Story Click here http://www.bbs.bt/news/?p=12140


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Coverage of Bhutan by CNN, answering the important question:

Is it worth $250 to visit Bhutan?

And the answer is….

“5 reasons Bhutan is worth the US$250 daily fee”

By Lester V. Ledesma 9 October, 2012

Intact culture, tantric Buddhism and a cuisine in which “spicy” is default — Bhutan offers a “cash course” in awesome.

Bhutan’s strategy of “low volume, high quality” tourism has made it a highly regarded destination among discerning travelers.

It costs an official US$250 per day per person to sample the charms of this isolated Himalayan kingdom, an amount that includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.

While it’s not quite an arm and a leg, the cost does seem restrictive for some. It’s the government’s way of keeping the country from being overrun by mass tourism, while at the same time ensuring its preferred visitors get the most value out of their trips.

So is it really worth the money? These five experiences have convinced us it is.

1. Bhutanese lifestyle

The word “authentic” is more overused than the word “sorry” in tourism, but Bhutan is a place that can remind us of the true meaning of cultural authenticity.

Tourism got here less than four decades ago. The hermit kingdom has preserved its rich cultural identity throughout years of isolation.

Click here for full story http://www.cnngo.com/visiting-bhutan-268086



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