7 Best Things To Do During Your Bhutan Trip

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Bhutan popularly known as “The Land of Thunder Dragon” is a Himalayan gem that mesmerizes travellers with its alluring landscapes and rich culture. With a trip to Bhutan  explore its historical monasteries, lively festivals, and serene valleys. Brace yourself for a joyful journey as you immerse yourself in the alluring beauty of the surroundings.

Pre-book those  Bhutan Holiday Packages online and revel in the magnificent scenic locations, outstanding architecture, and delicious Bhutanese cuisine. Every nook and corner of Bhutan provides its visitors with enchanting scenery and the warm hospitality of the locals.

Trek to  the Tiger Nest Monastery

If you are a couple travelling to Bhutan, then the highlight of your Bhutan honeymoon packages has to be the visit to the Tiger Nest Monastery. It is perched on a cliffside and the sacred site offers alluring views of the Paro Valley. Couples can trek up to this place as it takes around two hours to reach.

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery locally known as Paro Takstang was built in 1692 as the buildings are precariously perched at an astounding elevation of 10,000 ft above sea level. The monastery is still functional with monks living on the mountain. The trail up to the monastery is 4 km and one may find colourful flags along the way that make the trail more enchanting and vibrant.

Indulge in White Water Rafting

Feel the thrill of whitewater rafting as Bhutan provides the perfect destination for river rafting with its untamed rivers that meander through the terrain. Mo Chhu Paro Chhu in Punakha, Sankosh River, and Dangme Chhu are considered the best and safest sites for the same.

Located near Punakha, Mo Chhu is a 10 km stretch that takes nearly an hour and a half to complete. The riders can traverse through the thrilling rapids and untamed wilderness, encompassed by verdant forests and towering mountains. The riders can spot migratory birds, marvel at the royal palace, and float on the lowest part of the valley with gentle rapids. This expedition is perfect for both amateurs and experienced rafters.

Relish Authentic Bhutanese Cuisine

Savour the Bhutanese delicacies which mirror the country’s rich cultural heritage and unique cultural traditions. The dishes are known for their flavours, and use of spices, and the focus is on locally sourced ingredients. One of the most famous dishes of Bhutan is “Ema Datshi”, which is a spicy cheese and chili stew and is regarded as the national dish of Bhutan.

Other local dishes to try include Datsi Kewa cooked with potato and cheese, and Phaksha Paa which is a dish made with pork and dry chillies. Rice is the staple diet of Bhutanese meals which accompanies most of the dishes. The rice used is grown here locally and is easy to cook. If you yearn for your daily dose of tea then try ‘Suja or Po Cha’ which is made from fermented yak butter. The butter is boiled with tea leaves and water and is considered a comforting drink in cold weather.

Ride across Bhutan’s Highest Motorable Pass – Chele La Pass

Chele La Pass lies at an astounding height of 13,000 feet amidst the Paro and Haa Valley. It is famous for its stunning views of the Himalayas especially of Mt Jhomolari, which is Bhutan’s most sacred peak at 22,000 feet along with views of Tsherimgang mountains and valleys.

Enjoy a thrilling two-hour motorcycle drive from the valley in Paro to Chele La Pass which lies dotted with unblemished forests and houses flora and fauna. The encompassing area of the pass has many ancient trails which are perfect for hiking. The drive to Chele La Pass is through thick forests of spruce and larch where the riders can spot yaks, frozen rivers, waterfalls, and forests of rhododendrons.

Hike to Rinpung Dzong in Paro

Rinpung Dzong in Paro is also known as the Paro Dzong and it is famous for its tranquil environment and beautiful architecture. It gets illuminated at night and has many illustrations which portray the life of Buddha. The hike to the top of the fortress is challenging and rewarding due to the spectacular views of the valleys.

Paro Dzong is officially known as Rinpung Dzong which means “Fortress of a Heap of Jewels” and it dates back to the fifteenth century. It was built as a temple and later many complexes were added to make it a huge fortress. Once you reach the dzong, you get to explore its inner courtyards, which are embellished with colourful murals, sacred relics, and prayer halls. Soak in the serene ambiance and enjoy panoramic views from the vantage points.

Relax with a Hot Stone Bath

After all the hikes, treks, and enriching experiences, it is time to relax with a traditional hot stone bath. The bath has a unique and traditional method and uses fresh river water which is mixed with Artemisia leaves. The water is then heated using river stones which are roasted on fire till they turn red. It is believed that the stones release minerals in the water which are believed to have medicinal properties. The temperature can be increased by adding more heated stones. One can relax in the water for an hour or two as one sips on a hot beverage. The bath is followed by a salt scrub to remove dead skin and is accompanied by an oil massage to relax tired muscles.

Attend Vibrant Festivals of Bhutan

Bhutan also known as the Kingdom of Thunder Dragon is known for its rich culture, spirituality, and celebrations of numerous festivals with great joy and vigour. These vibrant local festivals are known for their masked dances, traditional music, and colourful costumes. One of the vibrant spring festivals in Bhutan is Paro Tshechu where monks and laymen come dressed up in vibrant attires and represent demons and gods.

Thimphu Tshechuis another popular festival that brings thousands of locals together all dressed in colourful dresses at Tashichho Dzong Fortress courtyard. The festival’s history dates back to the 19th century and takes place in September.

Conclusion: The enchantingactivities offer a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich culture and the multitudes of landscapes. Enjoy adventurous treks, explore historical sites like monasteries, and unwind by relaxing in a hot tub bath. So what are you waiting for? Plan your vacation in Bhutan as it is the bucket list destination for thrill seekers with its undulating terrains and heaven for nature lovers.

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