TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN BHUTAN
1. Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
Taktsang Monastery, located on a high cliff north of Paro is one of the country’s most frequented sites by the tourist. Built in 1692, it is on this site where a Buddhist Saint called Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) is said to have meditated in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to the location from Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditations in one of the caves and emerged in eight incarnated forms. As a result, the place is known as the Tiger’s Nest.
The hike up to the place is physically challenging
2. Treks and Hikes
Bhutan has some of the best treks in the world. There are more than 23 trek routes throughout the country and they can take anywhere from three days to more than 25 days to complete. The Treks will be physically demanding, however the experience is hugely rewarding.
All most, all the treks offer a combination of natural discovery and insight into the country’s delicate and unique daily life. Bhutan’s treks are also famous for the majestic views of the Himalayan peaks that provide a sense of awe wonder and a point of contemplation for trekkers along the way.
The festivals known as Tshechus are a rich form of oral history tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology and spiritual beliefs through the dance drama. These religious celebrations are lively, high-spirited affairs during which people dress up in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewelry of coral and turquoise.
There will be Tshechu taking place at least once a month in various parts of the country.
4. Visiting Dzongs
Dzongs or Fortresses are architectural masterpiece built on strategic locations. Each Dzong is unique with a rich religious and cultural history further entwined in myth and legends as to how and why it was built. Most of the Dzongs functions as the centre place of governance and houses the monastic body.
You’ll marvel at these massive construction that defended Bhutan from numerous invasions.
5. Wildlife and Bird watching
The land of the Thunder dragon is, today, one of the world’s top ten global hotspots, boasting a rich and varied biodiversity. The raw and natural beauty of the earth characterizes much of Bhutan’s environment that has made it so stunning and captivating to visitors.
Bhutan enjoys a reputation as a bird watcher’s paradise. The country boasts 675 species of birds which includes the endangered Black-Necked Crane.
The country’s flora offers much to the delight of botanist with more than 7000 plants, 300 species of medicinal plants, 50 species of rhododendron and 600 species of orchid.
The country is also growing home of the endangered Bengal tigers, Red Panda and Golden Langurs.