Bhutan is the land of monasteries, art, mountains and culture. Bhutan is no ordinary destination. It is the remaining part of the Great Himalayan Kingdom of yesteryear, which is still endowed with mystery, culture and tradition. Bhutan takes pride in providing a unique style of vacation, which focus on rejuvenation and minimalistic lifestyle.
This is the land of red rice, chilies being staple food, dancing monks and many other unique traditions. Bhutan bleeds with traditions, like no other country on the face of earth. This is the prime destination famous for photogenic landscapes, prime monasteries, majestic festivals, medieval styled local settings, unparalleled shopping experience and so on.
Top Activities To Enjoy In Bhutan
Tourists from all over the world are attracted to Bhutan for the following reasons:
Angling – with a license costing Nu 500 per day, you can enjoy fishing near specific monasteries (closed during October to December)
Birdwatching – Bhutan is blessed with 600 bird species, thanks to lack of hunting and preservation of unique habitats
Trekking – Bhutan is dedicated to trekking. Top places for trekking are Thanza, Jhomolhari, Laya-Gasa trek, SoiYaksa valley and others. If you are planning to have a trekking vacation, choose 8 days Gangtey Trek.
Cycling/Mountain biking – top routes include Paro, Bumthang Valley, Thimphu and others
Rafting / Kayaking – Punakha valley is the best place to enjoy these activities. You can also find many companies who provide these activities with trained instructors.
Mountaineering – Jhomolhari is the iconic place for this activity.
Best Time To Visit Bhutan
Mid of September to May is the best time to visit this region. This is the festival time and you can spot numerous cultural activities, fairs and others during this season. The climate is also mild, allowing you to explore deeper and raw regions.
Tips To Enjoy Bhutan
Do not rely on vehicles. Vehicles can scale only a part of Bhutan. Rest have to be on foot. Yaks can be used to carry your items, while you walk beside them. However, choose shorter and easier trails to enjoy the walk with your family.
Bhutan is comparatively pollutant-free. However, do not forget to wear sunglasses and sun screen to protect your skin.
You might not find electricity in rural places of Bhutan. Thus, take power banks, solar powered chargers and others with you.
Finding medical services is also hard in rural regions. Thus, bring required medications with you.
It is better to carry local cash, Indian rupee or US dollars with you, rather than cards.
Bhutan is the first country with a legal obligation to protect the environment. This is the only country where tobacco is
illegal. It has the tallest unclimbed mountain. This is one of the last countries
to have TV and internet. Beyond these, Bhutan is unique due to its culture,
tradition, geographical location, and natural beauty.
Top things not to miss in Bhutan are Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Buddha Dorgenma, National Memorial Chorten, Tashicho-Dzong, Dochula Pass, PhunakaDzong, NamgyalChorten, Fertility temple, and others. Do not miss the cuisine and natural attractions of the land.
The country’s tourism, nature, and culture are untouched by commercialization. The monasteries and Chortens provide a Buddhism culture, which is colorful and interesting. There are numerous natural beauties in Bhutan and outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, white water rafting and others are attracting tourists. Bhutan is a rejuvenating site for modern day travelers.
Top souvenirs to buy in Bhutan are silver articles, Himalayan beads, bamboo or cane articles, wooden articles, handloom, handicraft items, carved masks, handmade paper, Buddhist paintings, sculptures, and others.
Paro Tshechu is a religious festival of dance. This is one of the famous festivals in the country among tourists. Top activities to enjoy are masked dance, music, processions, and others. In 2020, Paro Tshechu is celebrated from 4th of April to 8th of April.
This is a three day religious festival celebrated every year in Thimphu. In 2020, the festival starts on 26th September. This is celebrated in Tashichhodzong as tribute to Buddhist master Guru Rimpoche, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan.
March to May and November to end of December are
the right months to visit Bhutan for adventure activities. Top activities to
enjoy are kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, camping, trekking, hiking,
archery, paragliding, and others.
If you are looking for an overall holistic vacation, you need minimum of five days to cover the iconic destinations of Bhutan. If you wish to cover one of the three regions open for tourists, a weekend getaway trip is enough.