Last Shangri-la, the Land of happy people, the Kingdom of the Thunderous Dragon – these are just some of the poetic epithets that Bhutan used to describe – a small state in the Himalayas that opened its doors to foreigners just over 30 years ago. Bhutan is distinguished from its neighbors, India and Tibet, by almost complete isolation from the outside world until the most recent times, so that when you find yourself here you literally feel out of time and space: the locals walk in cities around the streets in colorful costumes, Dzongs, lost on the Himalayan forest covered slopes. Tourists in Bhutan It offers to enjoy amazing exoticism, visit Buddhist shrines, including unique rocky monasteries, make ascents in the Himalayas, go rafting, and also feel the healing effects of Tibetan medicine – there are enough “five” with excellent spa centers in the country.
Things to do in Bhutan
- Visit the legendary monastery Tigress’s Nest, located on a 900-meter-high cliff.
- Rate the variety and well-known luxury of five-star hotels in the high mountain capital of Thimphu.
- See the top of the mountain where the Thunder Dragon lives – the symbol and patron of Bhutan.
- To learn, without batting an eye, to eat fresh pods of chili pepper, praising the sharpness.
- Buy a piece of colorfulwoolen material “yatra” and sew something for yourself on chilly autumn.
- Try to find the Yeti in Sakten National Park.
- To practice archery – the national game of Bhutanese.
Entertainment and attractions of Bhutan
The sights of Bhutan are a huge number of important Buddhist monasteries and temple complexes, historical monuments and surprisingly beautiful unspoiled nature of the Himalayas.
The main attraction of the capital Thimphu – 350-year-old royal residence Fortress of the blessed religion. Now government offices are located here, and there used to be the largest monastery in the country for 2000 monks. You should also see the memorial stupa of the third king of Bhutan “chorten”, not forgetting to give the father of the current ruler honors “inform” (as the guide will instruct), visit the National Library, where valuable Buddhist manuscripts are kept, look at the Tank School, where they learn to create paintings on religious subjects, and see the process of making traditional paper from plant fibers according to ancient Chinese technology – it is extremely durable and is acquired by Buddhist monasteries from different countries.
In Paro you should definitely visit the amazing high-mountainous monastery Tigress Nest – the main Buddhist shrine of Bhutan.
In Paro, you should definitely visit the amazing high-mountainous monastery Tigress Nest – the main Buddhist shrine of Bhutan. The monastery is located on a steep 900-meter cliff and includes seven temples, monastic huts and a waterfall. The Bhutanese National Museum Ta-Dzong, located in the ancient tower, the Queen’s Mother’s Palace, the large monasteries of Paro-Dzong and Rinchen-Pung-Dzong (“Fortress on Mount of Jewels”) and others are also interesting here. The best tank samples are kept in the Chelila Convent.
Jakar in central Bhutan is the spiritual heart of the country. Located among four valleys, it boasts an impressive number of Buddhist temples with ancient relics, pilgrimage sites and fortified dzong temples. The circumference of one of the largest dzongs in Djakar is more than one and a half kilometers.
Sakten Valley is the residence of the ancient nomadic pastoral tribes of Bhutan, who still speak their own language and have not changed the age-old lifestyle. And it is here that the mythical “Yeti” – the snowman dwells. The trekking route laid here with the same name takes about 30 days and is considered one of the most difficult in the world.
In Bhutan – 10 protected areas, covering more than a quarter of the total area of the country. Nature lovers are guaranteed to charm the national parks of Bomdeling and Khaling. In the first, more than 100 species of mammals live, including snow leopards, Himalayan bears and Bengal tigers, as well as about 250 species of nesting and migratory birds. In the tropical rainforests of Khalinga, elephants and dwarf pigs dwell.
Tracking is a distinctive feature of Bhutan as a tourist destination. The gentle and steep slopes of the Himalayas, interspersed by spacious valleys with picturesque lakes and deep rivers, make it possible to build a route of any complexity – from one-two-day transitions to beginners to tracks of monthly duration. The most popular is the Druk route from Paro to Thimphu (65 km), which takes 6 days, during which the forests of blue spruce change to high mountain passes and sparkling lakes with villages, dzongs and monasteries scattered throughout. Beginners can be advised by an uncomplicated three-day “Bumthang” route along valleys and rivers with many ancient temples on the way. Also popular are the six-day track “Thousand Lakes”, whose name speaks for itself, and the route around the sacred mountain Jomolhari
A series of colorful festivals accompany the lives of the people of Bhutan throughout the whole year – at least two dozen of them. Among the most colorful are the Thimphu and Paro festivals, as well as the Tsechu festival held in monasteries and dzongs of the country at various times. It is dedicated to the birthday of Guru Rinpoche, has been held annually since the 8th century, and consists of festive processions and blessings by the lamas of the faithful.
You should also see the competition in archery – the national sport of Bhutan. They are regularly held at any level – from the village to the “all-but-one”. The main competition takes place during the celebration of Bhutanese New Year, Losar.
Bhutan is a perfect destination for Bhutan Luxury Family Holidays, Treks & Tours. This place is full of adventures, Natural beauty with highest mountain peaks among the world. Adventure tourism in Bhutan offers tourists rafting, kayaking, fishing, as well as biker and bicycle programs. Motorcycle and bicycle tours have good tourist potential. Thus, the 600-kilometer route from the eastern to the western borders of Bhutan along the state road is particularly popular among tourists.