Bhutan is known for its snow-capped mountains, shadowy forests, monasteries and picturesque landscapes. So, if you are planning a trip to this country, we are here to help. Here are the 10 best things that you can do in the Himalayan kingdom to make the most of your trip.
1. Visit Tiger's Nest Monastery for peace of mind.
Tiger's Nest, also known as Taktsang Monastery, is situated just outside Paro and it is the most visited tourist destination in Bhutan. It is considered as one of Bhutan's most sacred sites that you should visit if you have the time. Visit this place if you want to meditate, relax and find your inner peace. Trekking to this place and witnessing the spectacular views of the mountains will definitely leave you mesmerized.
2. Go for a trek if you love nature and adventure.
The stunning natural landscape, snow-capped mountains, lush greens valleys and crystal clear lakes make Bhutan worth exploring. If you are into adventure sports, you should go on a trek to the most unspoiled and remote parts of the country where the beauty of the pristine landscape will charm you. On the way, you can also interact with the locals and experience the rich culture and tradition of the country.
Click here to know some of the most popular trekking routes.
3. Try kayaking, if you are up for a challenge.
If you are into adventure water sports, Bhutan is the place to be. The majestic rivers of this country offer plenty of opportunity for indulging in fun activities. So, if you want an adrenaline rush you should definitely give this water sport a try.
The locals of Bhutan visit hot springs to cure their body of aches and pains. This is an age old tradition that rejuvenates the body and mind so, you can also visit one of the baths if you want to relax and forget about all your worries.
If you want to spend some quality time alone, head to a meditation or yoga retreat in Bhutan. You can visit the retreats to find some inner peace and to be one with nature. There are meditation and yoga centres throughout the kingdom, so finding one won't be a problem. Temples, monasteries and hotels in Bhutan also provide meditation and yoga session facilities.
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6. Learn to ride a horse.
If you don't want to indulge in water sports, head to Punakha or Bumthang to ride a horse. There are quite a few ranches and clubs in Punakha and Bumthang that teach horse back riding under the supervision of an expert rider. You can also go on a horseback trek if you wish to ride through plains and beautiful valleys.
7. Visit one of the largest Buddha statues in the world.
Buddha Dordenma, in Thimpu, is an architectural masterpiece that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. The massive bronze statue of Budhha is more than 50 meters in height and it is plated in gold. There are about 125,000 other Buddha statues that are placed surrounding the Buddha Dordenma statue. This is one of the best places to visit in Bhutan if you want to experience a sense of calm and peace.
If you want to take souvenirs for your family and friends, head to the local market in Thimpu to buy locally produced items. The market starts on Friday afternoon and ends on a Sunday afternoon so plan your day accordingly. Edibles, handicrafts, textiles, religious stuff, baskets and clothes are just some of the items you can buy here.
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9. Hike around Haa valley.
You can hike to Haa valley to have the time of your life and to witness the spectacular views that is surrounded by lush green vegetation. You can hike up/down the valley with your loved ones and make wonderful memories.
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10. Visit Bhutan's Jigme Dorji National Park.
Wangchuck Centennial Park is the largest national park in Bhutan but it is protected by the government and cannot be visited by anyone. The Jigme Dorji National Park, on the other hand, is home to Takins, snow leopards, bengal tigers, himalayan black bears, red pandas and over 300 species of birds. So, if you are a wildlife enthusiast, this is the place to be.