12 Must-Have Experiences


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Bhutan is a treasure trove of natural beauty, phantasmal monasteries, fierce mountain alcoves, cozy resting places, lush greenery, and magical mountain peaks. Customize your Bhutan visit itinerary to soak in the best. Choose the best of stays that your budget permits, lengthen your stay as long as your work leaves permit, see all the wondrous man-made structures that you wish to see, visit all the natural grandeur that your itinerary permits, experience the sheer delight of being in heaven on earth. Build up an itinerary that includes the best of a Bhutan vacation package and gather soulful memories to last a lifetime.

  1. Cling to the Sheer Cliff of Tiger’s Nest

Tourism Bhutan offers many packages that include Tiger’s Nest. It is inevitably included in almost every itinerary. The tough climb up the sheer rock face of 900 meters is absolutely worthy. The cliff nestling Tiger’s nest is 3,100 meters in the air. Tiger’s Nest is Bhutan’s most sacred site. One has to climb about 900 hundred meters from the Paro Valley to reach the famous monastery Taktsang Lhakhang. 

The rock face with the unfathomable beauty of the monastery has launched a thousand picture postcard, brochures, travel books, and tourism websites and is a coveted beauty. The cliff-face inflames the touristic fantasy of visiting Bhutan. The popularity can be gauged from the fact that Bhutan has restrictions as to the number of visitors. 

The rocky cliff is located 10 kilometers north of Paro Valley and is mythologically famous for being the chosen site of meditation by Guru Rinpoche, who, legend says, had arrived here on a flying tiger. Tiger’s Nest tops the list of must-have experiences in Bhutan.

  1. Thimpu: Magical Capital of Bhutan

Explore the magic and melody of Thimpu, the solo capital in the world without traffic lights. Revel in the joys of shopping in the colorful weekend markets and quaint shops. It is the seat of Bhutanese art, culture, and tradition. The architecture never ceases to fascinate the visitors.

  1. Experience Bhutanese Festival

To catch the authentic flavor of Bhutan’s cultural richness and tradition attend their famous festival Tshechu. Tshechu comprises a large social gathering and is celebrated on the 10th day of Tibetan lunar month. Trading sees a peak during this time and ceremonial dances are performed to revel in the festive mood. 

This is the time when friends and family gather from far and near to enjoy together. Paro tshechu that is held in the spring season in the Paro Dzongkhag is outwardly lavish and spectacularly colorful. Another festival that is celebrated with full pomp and exuberance is the Dochula Druk Wangyel festival performed by the Royal Bhutan Army.

  1. Pay Homage at Chimi Lhakhang

The most revered and strangest temple of Bhutan is the Temple of Fertility or the Chimi Lhakhang. It was built by and dedicated to the “Divine Madman” or Lama Drukpa Kunley. It is temple especially honored by childless couples who visit it to pray for fertility. The temple is decorated with images of myriad colorful phalluses.

  1. Enjoy a Thrilling Bhutanese Archery Match

Archery being Bhutan’s national sport, the local people are really passionate about it. And you can be a part of that passion and thrill by just watching the thronging crowd of men targeting a tiny sliver from distances as huge as 140 meters. Men wearing brightly colored traditional robes called ghos continue to shoot away while the onlookers from the neighboring villages continue to cheer. 

The groups of women cheerleaders are seen singing and dancing in circles wearing their finest silk. The dancing along with the war cries and the deadly accuracy of archery skills make these archery witnessing experiences phenomenal.

  1. Drink Away to Glory

Having a glass of beer with the locals at a Bhutanese bar is an experience in itself. Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom, tobacco is banned but Bhutanese populace drinks quite a lot. Bars are found all over. The local bars give the impression of being seated in a family living room. You can then feel the ambiance which is entirely different from a seasoned Western-style bar.

  1. Eat to Taste the Authentic Flavours of Bhutan

In Bhutan, one can experience the innovation of the concatenation of rice and red chilies. In this country, you will savor the red rice and chili seasoning. Bhutan’s national dish, Ema Datshi along with Jasha Maroo or Maru or spicy chicken, Phaksha Paa or Pork in Red Chilies, Zow Shungo are some authentic dishes to try.

  1. Witness the Art of Wood Carving

If you want to experience the art of shaping wood on a pottery wheel, you can do it in Bhutan. Instead of clay, here the small elliptical machine churns out wood items.

  1. Soak in a Hot Stone Bath

The hot stone bath experience of Bhutan is based on the concept of heating up of mineral stones gathered from mountains and caves across Bhutan and shoveled into a bathtub filled with water. The therapeutic effect of the mineral stones released through the sizzling steam makes you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

  1. Savor and Relish Bhutan’s Street Food

Bhutan serves a weird combination of a mixture of Western, Chinese, and Indian dishes. Try out the spicy chili cheese, the puffed rice cereals, Jaju soup, Ara and the traditional hot butter tea. Dishes are generally cooked in soybean or sunflower oil.

  1. Dazzling Rhododendrons

The exuberant and richly colored rhododendrons blossoming in spring are a site to watch out for during your sojourn across the mountain passes. Trek through mountains and valleys that oozes the romance of beauty and rich flora.

  1. Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass is a wondrous mountain pass that remains snow covered and contains a concentration of 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens or stupas that were built in the memory of Bhutanese soldiers martyred in the 2003 war against the insurgents from India. The pass offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges.


Tom Matlack
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