Drum Roll! Eventraveler is monumentally kicked to announce that we are the official event partners for one of the most elegant and sublime of all literary festivals, Mountain Echoes. Held every autumn in Bhutan, this literary soiree is not the stampede that is the JLF or the rote run of the mill panel session that is almost every other event. Mountain Echoes is intimate despite the grandeur setting of the Himalayas and is eclectic by way of its panelists, which feature artists, artisans, writers, actors, and filmmakers among others. You don’t have to stand in line for hours to meet an author because you’ll probably be sitting next to them at lunch or having high tea with them. You don’t have to strain your neck to get a good view of the panelists because the numbers are small and the session subjects unique to the land. If you have ever wondered what the literary salons of yesteryears might have been like, this is where you come to find out. Amrita Patil once called it a ‘summer camp’ for lovers of all things written. And that’s just the festival.

Sponsored by Jaypee Group and an initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation, in association with Siyahi, and the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, Mountain Echoes is now in its seventh year. Its venues are strewn across the city of Thimphu and the country is perfect for both the traveler and culture hog even if books are not enough of a lure. Bhutan measures its progress not by GDP but GNP (Gross National Happiness). With 60 percent of the country devoted to forest cover that is protected by the constitution, you can rest easy that everywhere you go the views are astonishing be it the ever changing skies, where clouds are stacked like white stones or during your day trip to the Tigers Nest, a sacred temple perched on a cliffside in the upper Paro valley. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing with you detailed itineraries and program schedules as well as our famous EAT, SEE DO in Thimphu and Bhutan. But before that here’s a quick round up of the packages we are offering.

Our Mountain Echoes 2016 packages begin at Rs 42,750 for travel starting from Kolkata and Rs 47,100 for travel starting from Delhi and include to and fro flights, stay for 5 nights and 4 days (include breakfast), local travel, pick up and drop from the Airport (itself a beautiful drive), delegate passes with access to three lunches, six high teas and special invite only dinners (our writer Reshma Krishnan happened to dine with the Queen mother at her palace but that’s for another story) and all the performances. Indian citizens do not need a visa. There is accommodation to suit every budget from the sumptuous Taj Tashi to Terma Linca Spa and the budget friendly Bhutan Suites. We can fully customize an itinerary if you like as well. For further queries write into us at info@eventraveler.com or call us at +918213932129.

Reshma Krishnan Barshikar attended the festival a few years ago and will be happy to answer any queries you may have. She attests it is, hands down, the best festival she has ever attended. You can reach her directly at reshma@reshmakrishnan.com.

(Image by Birger Hoppe)

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