Bhutan Educational Tour | Learning Bhutanese Culture | Bhutanese Way of Life

Special Interest Trips to Bhutan

Sustainable / Responsible Tours:

Educational Study Tour

The course will introduce students to a country which survives as an ancient culture in a modern world, a Shangri-La. It features outdoor types of adventure activities such as camping, short treks and the Bhutanese national sport of archery. These activities will also enable us to move in closer to the local population and be true travelers, instead of simply tourists who view ‘the locals’ through the panes of a bus window. There will also be many opportunities for appreciating the arts and magnificent Himalayan landscape. This course is for students who are seeking cultural and geographical wonder and understand the true sense of community based tour by camping nearby villages and exploring their day to day activities by working with the farmers.

This program introduces students to the peoples, cultures, religion, values and history of Bhutan and the main objective of this tour is to promote sustainable tourism.

The course also takes the form of pilgrimage, leading students on an intellectual quest through multiple boundaries of space, time and consciousness. Students will explore what it means to travel from west to central and back again, thinking deeply about their pre-conceptions and their newly acquired perceptions. In Bhutan itself, students will confront both the modern and the traditional, as they travel through Thimphu, the developing capital of Bhutan; Bumthang, where the present-day monarchy was born; the traditional cultural center of Bhutan and other traditional areas.

Course Objectives : (Bhutan: The land of Thunder Dragon, in search of Shangri-la)

  1. Students will become aware of Bhutan’s technological seclusion and what that means to the culture of the country.
  2. Students will become familiar with how daily life in Bhutan connects seamlessly with nature and religion.
  3. Students will gain an overview of the socio-religious structure of Bhutan, and its continued influence on the culture.
  4. Students will appreciate the richness of Bhutanese art, music handicrafts and architecture.
  5. Students will be introduced to the ecosystems associated with Bhutan’s Himalayan Landscape, including current environmental issues.
  6. Students will gain a personal understanding of the potential impact tourism has and why the Bhutanese government would seek to restrict it.

Study Tours For Students Abroad : Options Given Below

  1. Day 1 to Day 7
  2. Day 1 to Day 10
  3. Day 1 to Day 13
  4. Day 1 to Day 25