Are you planning a trip to Bhutan? Or wondering if you should plan a trip to Bhutan?
Then you must go through this list of the Top 10 things to in Bhutan! Because if you miss even one of these then I bet you won’t see or know Bhutan as it truly is. Bhutan provides a spiritual, adventurous and an eye opening experience to all those who love to travel and I promise it’ll take your breath away!
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 THINGS THAT YOU MUST DO IN BHUTAN
1.HIKE UP THE TIGER’S NEST :
The Taktsung Palphug Monastery also known as the Tigers Nest Monastery sits on the side of a cliff at 900 meters from the Paro valley. The 8 km hike to the monastery is energising and has a panoramic view of the valley. The Monastery is a magnet for Bhutan Tourism and is a sacred place for the monks. It is also the part of all Bhutan Packages.
2. ENJOY THE BREATHTAKING VIEW OF THE HIMALAYAS FROM THE PASSES:
The Kingdom of Bhutan lies on the slopes of Himalayas. Go on long hikes and walks to various monasteries or hills to get better view or drive on high passes like the Dochula Pass or the Chele La Pass which will give you a clear panoramic view of the majestic range. If you want explore the Great Himalayan Beauty then this is the place to be!!
3. RIDE UP THE CHELE LA PASS :
Being 3988 meters high, this pass is one of the highest motor-able passes. This pass offers a cornucopia of flora and fauna like red, pink and yellow rhododendrons. You can also get a spectacular view of the holy peaks – Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. With prayer flags fluttering on either side, this Pass has a very spiritual and beautiful feel.
A major attraction for Bhutan Tourism, the Chele la Pass is very popular amongst the adventure enthusiasts. A Road trip to Bhutan is be a must if you enjoy driving to off beat destinations.
4. SPICE IT UP THE BHUTANESE WAY :
Bhutanese cuisine is a must-try! The Bhutanese cuisine is spicy and healthy with cheese, chilli, meat and rice being their main ingredients. Ema Datshi, made of cheese and chilli, is their national dish as its so unique and flavourful. For those who can’t handle spice a simple yet scrumptious meal of boiled vegetables, rice and meat is also available.
Read about the Top 5 Discoveries of Bhutanese Cuisine, here.
5. EXPLORE THE DZONGS AND THE GOEMBAS :
Feeling spiritual? The Kingdom of Bhutan is known for its Fort/Fortresses (Dzongs) and Monasteries (Goembas). Visit the various monasteries like Taktsung Palphug Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Trongsa Monastery.
These Monasteries and forts have a very tranquil and serene feel to them and one can also learn more about Buddhism by looking at the scriptures, figures and paintings. It is a proud part of any of the Bhutan Packages.
6. DRIVE UP THE DOCHULA PASS :
While driving towards Punakha, stop at the Dochula Pass. It’s usually fog filled but has an amazing view on clear days. It’s lined with lots of prayer flags giving it a peaceful and holy atmosphere. It also provides a majestic 360-degree view of the mighty Himalayas. This is a must on your list of Top 10 things to do in Bhutan.
7. EXPLORE THE NATURE AND THE WILDLIFE :
Bhutan is a paradise for the Nature and Wildlife lovers. As it’s located on the slopes of Himalayas its full of beautiful varied species of flowers, trees, bamboos, birds and animals.
The endangered species like their national animal, Takin, Snow Leopards, Black Necked Cranes and Tigers can be spotted in the National Parks that were specially built to protect them. Takin Festival is celebrated in the national parks to spot the animal and go on long hikes in the dense forest. The Jigme Dorji National Park is a major attraction for Bhutan Tourism.
8. GET AN ADRENALINE RUSH! :
Bhutan Tourism offers plenty of adventure sports for those who are adrenaline junkies. Go for long hikes or treks like the Druk Path Trek. They offer adventure activities like Rock-Climbing, Cycling, Kayaking, Rafting and Fishing. These activities are fun with friends and family and leave you highly energised.
9. CELEBRATE WITH THE LOCALS :
Tsechu is the local word for festivals. The Bhutan Tourism celebrates Paro Tsechu and Thimpu Tsechu with a lot of hullabaloo. These festivals are a once in a lifetime experience because of its variety and showcase of culture which is why it features in our TOP 10 Things to do in Bhutan.
You can mingle with the locals and watch the Cham dances, which include colourful masked dancers, eat local festive food and have a merry time!
10. MAINTAIN THE HIGH GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS (GNP) OF BHUTAN :
In Bhutan people value happiness more than money. The Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an indicator that shows that the happiness and social quality of life is more important than the economy that is the Gross Domestic Product. So remember to have the time of your life and increase the GNH of Bhutan.
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