Go Now: Intimate Venues and Mountain Views at Bhutan's Literature Festival this August | Nat Geo Traveller India

Go Now: Intimate Venues and Mountain Views at Bhutan’s Literature Festival this August

Pico Iyer, Amitav Ghosh, Mridula Koshy, and Zac O’Yeah will be there. | By NGT Staff  
Dochula Pass, Bhutan
An hour’s drive away from Thimphu, where the festival will take place, is the Dochula Pass. Here, 108 chortens (stupas) have been built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers. Photo: Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)/Flickr/Creative Commons (http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Among the many things Bhutan is getting right—over 72 per cent of the country’s land is covered by forest—is the Mountain Echoes literature festival, a gathering of writers and book lovers that takes place in Thimphu, the country’s capital city.

From August 25-28, 2016, Mountain Echoes will host stimulating panel discussions on writing, spirituality, and most significantly, about climate change and its impact on Bhutan’s compelling history. The speakers in attendance include literary heavyweights Pico Iyer, Amitav Ghosh, Mita Kapur, Mridula Koshy, and Zac O’Yeah. There are also workshops on creative writing (by writer and development specialist Sonam Wangmo Jhalani), brand building and advertising (by Piyush Pandey, the creative director of Ogilvy & Mather India and South Asia), and yoga (by writer and yoga teacher Ira Trivedi).

The Guide

Where Mountain Echoes 2016 will take place in Thimphu, Bhutan. The sessions will be held at the Royal University of Bhutan and Hotel Taj Tashi.

When Thur Aug 25-Sun Aug 28, 2016. The inauguration ceremony is slated for the evening of Aug 25; talks, workshops, and exhibitions will commence on Aug 26.

Fee Entrance to the festival and talks is free; no prior registration required, except for workshops (To register for the workshops, go here). For ₹2,500 per day, attendees can become delegates. This fee ensures access to lunch, tea, coffee, and dinner.

Schedule The schedule for the festival is here.

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