168. Journey to a Magic Kingdom!

Roberto Cavalli168. Journey to a Magic Kingdom!

I am in flight… Royal Bhutan Airlines.

Before returning to Italy, I wanted to visit one of the most fascinating countries in the world, Bhutan! Recently opened to tourism, the Kingdom of Bhutan lives on religion and peace.

I would like to visit the Buddhist monasteries in order to breathe a pure spiritual atmosphere, one that unfortunately our country is not able to give us.

Here wealth is measured in degrees of happiness!

I look out of the window… the pilot announces that we are flying over Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world… completely covered in snow… a majestic peak that emerges from a sea of white clouds… it seems to shout its record by pointing to the immensity of the sky!

How exciting, I never thought that one day I would see the majestic Himalayas!

Bhutan mapToday I begin my journey into the magical lands of Bhutan and Tibet and I will tell you about every moment of my new adventure. A diary I will share with you and for you!

At the airport the guide who will accompany me in the coming days is waiting for me. He is wearing traditional dress, the Gho. It is a red-burgundy knee-length tunic, black socks and big black moccasins!

A one-hour journey will take us to the hotel. We travel through forests and farms with large plantations of rice. My hotel is tucked away among the trees in a small forest,

Everything around me is peaceful. Even the smile of those who greet us is sweet and serene. In my room a wood burning stove and, under the covers, a hot water bottle. It’s like a blast from the past.

Early in the morning the driver is waiting to take us to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

I spend the day as a normal tourist…museum of Tibetan cloth… a weaving school for children… a museum of introduction to the Buddhist religion… a lot of time looking for books with ancient Chinese illustrations which could be useful for a future collection.

A little shopping, as a tourist, fabrics of course! I am helped by a Monk to meditate. The monastery is dimly lit, a pungent smell of incense in the air. It is not easy, I have to let go of all my thoughts… I promised myself to come back soon… it would take weeks to get away from much of what binds us to the earthly world.

The feeling is intense… special… attractive!

On my return to the hotel, the manager tells me of a phone call from the Royal Palace. The King and Queen have invited me to a private dinner and will arrive at the hotel this evening! They knew from Manav, my partner in the New Delhi boutique, that I was coming.

Punctually at 7 pm their Royal Highnesses arrived, preceded by various royal assistants and bodyguards dressed in long black robes.

Roberto Cavalli with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema

Roberto Cavalli with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema

A beautiful young couple, The King is 32 years old and the Queen is 22. A delightful, uncomplicated, couple. We talked as if we had known each other for some time. The Queen wanted to know a lot about my life as a designer. She is a great fan of my fashion.

I was interested to learn about life as a King. My questions seemed to be addressed to an old friend. After dinner the King left us for a few minutes and returned with a large Buddha in gold metal. It is the work of a great Indian artist, a beautiful piece of art!

We left with hugs and a promise to meet again in Florence – they love Italian art… then perhaps on to Milan for my Fashion Show.

An unforgettable meal in wonderful, hospitable company! A new emotion to add to the many of my life…

Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli

32 replies
  1. Maria Grazia
    Maria Grazia says:

    Bellissimo con quale gioia e serenitá esprime la sua avventura…
    ineffetti é nella semplicitá della vita che si trova la vera Felicitá.
    Come trovare la borsa dell’acqua calda nel letto… 🙂
    Meravigliosi dettagli delle pitture sui muri e sopratutto degl’intarsi con il legno…Fantastici!!!
    Un mondo di Colori…Bellissimi…ci ha fatto sognare ancora una volta Sign. Roberto.

  2. Francesco
    Francesco says:

    Grande Cavalli……
    Che dire…Bellissimo post!!
    Che posto speciale deve essere il Buthan, e poi il Re e la Regina…..splendono di luce da quando sono belli come esseri!! 🙂
    Certo che deve essere stata davvero dura andarsene da lì….un posto così non c’è da tutte le parti!
    Quando vengono a Firenze, oltre a mostrargli la nostra favolosa città, regalagli anche una Sciarpa Viola!!! 🙂
    Un Abbraccio,

  3. talentosprecato
    talentosprecato says:

    Sembra un posto da favola, belli e dolci i regnanti: ps: io uso ancora la borsa dell’acqua calda, anzi, la bottiglia di plastica da due litri, che scalda di più:)

  4. Kuls
    Kuls says:

    we are more happy to know that you liked our beautiful country, anyways thank you for sharing your happy moments and nice pictures taken by you. tq n c u again.

  5. Maia
    Maia says:

    Bhutan is the kingdom of natural beauty and happiness. It offers the only thing that should really matter to human beings. I am sure the king and queen will promote their country having un mind that an intelligent balance should be kept between tradition and the needs of tourism . Thank you for sharing such an exceptional experience with us! Enjoy it!!!

  6. Pachisia
    Pachisia says:

    Dear Mr. Cavalli,

    Would you be interested in visiting my tea plantation? It is very close to Thimphu and adjacent to the Indo-Bhutan border. It is beautiful at this of the year and I would love for you to experience it.

  7. Alexia Chavez
    Alexia Chavez says:

    Hi, Mr. Cavalli. How are you? Thankyou for sharing all the pictures. I hope you are having as much fun as I am right here in the United States of America. I am on vacation and I am having a great time with all my friends. I don’t have to go back to work until next year. Good luck with everything!!

  8. Anjana Mongar
    Anjana Mongar says:

    Such a wonderful piece of writing. I am amazed by the way you have described Bhutan. Its truly a piece of heaven on earth. Please do visit again :))

  9. Tandin Dorji
    Tandin Dorji says:

    Indeed a treat reading the wonderful blog. Awed by the genuineness and enthusiasm I got to see in it. Besides the beautiful compliments to the great royals, lovely pictures that made me feel much homesick. 🙂

  10. Samten
    Samten says:

    Dear, REbort,
    You have enjoyed our king and queens low lying humble and gracious nature but you hand taking till the shoulder of our king and queen was really upsetting and unacceptable for the people of this kingdom. You seems not to even know how to show respect to such a royal whose personal life is far humble like this but it doesn’t mean should abuse it. I am sorry, I didn’t like the way you portrayed our royals to the world….!

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