The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. The lofty mountains, colorful dzongs, serene monasteries and unspoilt surroundings make this place look like a fairy tale location. Bhutan focuses on Gross National Happiness and so is ranked the eighth happiest country in the world. This tiny little country is a wonderful travel destination for trekkers as well as those who want to explore a new culture. As a happy country, Bhutan comes to you as a bunch of joy, fun and serenity. There is a lot of things to do in Bhutan so here is a list of some best activities and attractions in Bhutan. Choose what you like the best and make your trip a memorable experience.
The deep Paro valley is a treat to the eyes of all the nature lovers. The Paro Chhu rises to the south of Chomo Lhari . The Jigme Dorji National Park can be found here. Alpine meadows and deep gorges, sub-alpine and temperate forests make Paro a perfect holiday destination. It is home to the Rinpung Dzong, a fortress monastery. Visiting Paro Valley is one of the most awesome things to do in Bhutan.
Trekking to the Taktsang Monastery, commonly known as the Tiger’s nest is an amazing experience. The boulder-strewn winding path poses a tough challenge to the trekkers but it is fun. Perched at a height of 3000 meters above the ground, it gives you a mesmerizing view of the magnificent Paro Valley.
Often called the ‘Rice Bowl’ of the country, Punakha valley is well known for its organically grown red and white rice. Chimi Lhakhang is an interesting attraction of this place. This temple was built in 1499 at a site blessed by Saint Drukpa Kunley who had an unorthodox way of teaching Buddhism. A visit to the Punakha Dzong is a must to admire its grand structure.
The A city with no traffic light has a lot to show and offer. The National memorial chorten, The National Folk Heritage Museum, The Zorig Chusum School of traditional arts, Changlimithang Stadium are some of the important attractions of the capital city. Sundays in Thimpu are pedestrian day so taking a tour of the city is best possible on Sundays.
Dochula Pass is set between Thimphu and Punakha at an elevation of 3,100m. With snow capped Himalays in the background, this place is nothing less than a paradise. The 108 Druk Wangyal Khang Zhang Chortens is a striking attraction of this place. It was built by Queen mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk as a tribute to Bhutanese soldiers who fought with bravery with Indian insurgents in December 2003.
The most important attraction of Bhutan is its Dzongs. Scattered all across the country, these colorful structures are an example of Bhutan’s great architecture. Each dzong happens to be a monastery, administrative centre and fortress rolled into one. The Punakha Dzong, Trashi Chhoe Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Tashichho Dzong and Tongsa Dzong are some of the most important dzongs.
Bhutan celebrates a number of Buddhist festivals. Masks, dances and traditional ritual are the main features of most of these festivals. Monks narrate Buddhist history and myths through religious or folk dances.
Go trekking on the lofty mountains and deep gorges of Bhutan and watch Mother Nature in her most beautiful avatar. The high altitude Snowman Trek (25 days) is laborious but in Bumthang, travelers can join four to seven day cultural tours through the villages. You can even hire bikes for trekking.
The national dish of Ema Datsi is a must for all those who plan to visit Bhutan. Chiiles in Bhutan are used as a main ingredient rather than seasoning. Meat, red rice, kewa datshi (potatoes with cheese), and vegetables with cheese and of course Ema Datshi are the staple diet of people of Bhutan.