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High in the Himalayas, Bhutan is a small dream paradise. A country where rice is reddened and chili is considered a vegetable, where growth is measured not by gross national product, but by gross national happiness, Bhutan is the last remaining Buddhist kingdom in the world. A visit here will bring you face to face with ancient monasteries, forts (called dongongs), prayer flags in ancient temples and the warmth of its people.

A group of male dancers get ready for a traditional item during Thimphu Tshechu (festival).
Photo by Pema Gyamtsho / Unsplash

1 What to see in Bhutan?

Paro: The Varuna Valley Valley is considered to be the most beautiful of all Bhutan. Take in the grand and breath-taking scenes associated with history, traditional homes, monasteries and rice fields sprinkled with ripening. If you are a nature lover who is looking for some peace and tranquility, this is the place to be

Takatsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest): Situated on the edge of an uncertain high cliff, the iconic Takhatsang Gomba (Monastery) is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan and one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites. A pony ride up to the 'cafeteria' is available at the wooden teahouse-restaurant on the ridge, offering spectacular views of the monastery. Whether you are spiritual or adventurous type, it is a spectacular journey that offers breathtaking views along the way. To enter the monastery, visitors need a special permit, which needs to be purchased in advance.

Trishi Chhore Dong: A must see on every visitor's list, the impressive structure with large golden Bhutanese-style spire at the top is the National Government, the National Library, the throne of His Majesty Bhutan's throne and the country's largest seat. Math. It is also the site of the famous Buddhist religious festival, Thimpu Tchechu.

2 What to do in Bhutan?

Trekking on snowman trek: Snowman trek is one of the most challenging and adventurous trek in the world. It starts from Paro and takes you to the remote corner of Lunana Valley via Lungshi and Laya. Camping at high altitudes, crossing four different routes at a walkway of over 5,400 meters. The best time to enjoy the trek here is between September and October.

Mountain Biking in Paro and Punakha: If you want to explore further ruins and monasteries, mountain biking trails are a great and great option. Crossing the route from Paro to Bumthang, passing through rice fields, rugged terrains and spiraling descents are popular among bikers. Punakha also has several trails for bikers; One of the popular ones is one that starts from Pho Chhu and the other goes to Tschochagsa.

Rafting and Kayaking: The Lower Paro Chho River extends for about seven kilometers and consists of several small boulders. Mo Choo on the other hand is more suitable for beginners and as the river flows through the valley, you get to see beautiful places like the Queen's winter residence, the King's winter retreat and the beautiful farmland.

Traditional Kitchen, Simply Bhutan Museum
Dec 2019
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3 What to eat in Bhutan?

Ema Datsi: A dish made of fresh yak cheese and chili, Ema Datsi is an everyday specialty and is found in most restaurants. This delicacy is Bhutan's national dish.

Phaksha Paa: Chilli is an essential part of Bhutanese cuisine. Phaksha Paa is a pork dish cooked with radish or spinach with spicy red chillies. If you are a pork eater, this is a must for you!

Hoentoe: An interesting take on dumplings, Hoentoe fragrant buckwheat dumplings are stuffed with turnip greens, datshi (cheese), spinach and other interesting ingredients.

4 When to go:
September to November: The month of September marks the beginning of autumn in Bhutan and is considered very good to come. Visitors are greeted with clear skies and pleasant weather. The maximum temperature rarely crosses 20 ° C and the minimum is around 4 ° C. It is also a good time to enjoy adventure activities like trekking. Rain showers are common during this time of the year, so it is advisable to carry an umbrella.

December to February: Bhutan is beautiful and less crowded in winter. It is easy to get a great deal on hotels during this time of the year. The days are sunny, although the evenings and nights can be very cold. These months are ideal for white water rafting and bird watching. During this time the maximum temperature drops to 9 ° C and the minimum temperature to -10 ° C.

March to May: This time of year is perfect for enjoying nature. Bird watchers will also be able to see the abundant bird life in this area. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the peaks and also Paro Tsechu, a famous festival. Don't forget to take Vullen, as it can be very cold.

June to August: Summer begins in Bhutan with heavy rains. The mountains are wrapped in clouds and look absolutely real! The maximum temperature drops to around 21 ° C and the minimum temperature to 7 ° C. Since this is the busiest time of the year in Bhutan, make sure you carry an umbrella.

5 Getting there:

By Air: Bhutan's only international airport is in Paro, which is 6 km from the city. It is about an hour from Thimpu.

Road / Self Drive: Bhutan is well connected by roads. There is a city bus station in Thimphu from where inter-district buses depart and arrive. Taxis are available from Paro Airport to Thimphu and can cost up to Nu800. Self-driving from Funtsholing is a scenic and enjoyable journey, which takes about five hours (172 km).

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Getting Around 6:
Taxi: To travel, you can hire a taxi, which can be a bit expensive. These tourist taxis charge about NU 15 per kilometer, with a minimum of around Rs 1,400 per day (which includes the driver's food, accommodation and fees). Keep in mind that taxis do not run on meters and you may have to negotiate fares in advance.

Walking: A great way to visit the cities of Bhutan. Also, some villages are not connected by road, so it is advisable to travel on foot or by pony.

7 what to pack:
Heavy warm clothes and a light jacket for the rest of the year while traveling in winter and autumn
Walking shoes and trekking gear will work because the area is hilly
It rains heavily in early summer and it is a good idea to carry a strong umbrella
Bhutan is a pastoral delight with cascading rice fields, beautiful valleys, hilly ranges and presents for every traveler. So come and experience the charm of ri last Shangri La ', one of the most inexplicable countries and you must be mystified as you explore the world's best-kept secret Bhutan.