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Bhutan

With its beautiful mountains and valleys, wild Himalayan peaks and countless monasteries and fortresses, a visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan is truly enriching. Read more...

Bhutan is a country steeped in Buddhist tradition, so it’s no surprise a visit here can be a deeply spiritual experience. With a population of joyous people, happiness and freedom are embedded in the core of Bhutanese culture.

The country’s capital, Thimphu, is located in a lush valley surrounded by grand mountains. Here, you should visit the renowned Buddhist monastery and fortress, Tashichho Dzong. This impressive feat of traditional architecture stands after years of fires, earthquakes and rebuilding. The whitewashed fortress of Punakha Dzong, possibly one of Bhutan’s most enrapturing fortresses, sits Punakha, a bit over two-hours’ drive from the capital.

For insight into some of Bhutan’s oldest Buddhist culture, a trip to the region of Bumthang is essential. Scattered with temples and monasteries, the scenic valleys here are fertile and filled with fresh produce.

Perhaps the most famous of all destinations in Bhutan is the Tiger’s Nest monastery, which was first built in 1692 and is considered one of Bhutan’s most sacred sites. Undertake the long, and at times physically challenging trek to its impressive location on the edge of a cliff. You’ll be rewarded at the end of your hike with breathtaking views 3000 metres above sea level.

Mix culture with incredible natural beauty on a trip to Dochula Pass in the Himalayas. Here you’ll find 108 stupas, which have been built to remember Bhutanese soldiers, as well as stunning snowy views of the tallest mountain in Bhutan, Gangkar Puensum.

With its array of ancient monasteries dotting the land between unbridled mountains and valleys, a trip to Bhutan offers an unforgettable adventure into spirituality.

 

NIRAJ’S HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit during one of Bhutan’s many monastic tsechus (festivals) which are colourful events accompanied by Buddhist chants and masked dances.
  • Trek to spectacular Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), perched on a rocky ledge with a  sheer drop of more than 800 metres.
  • Visit Thimpu Zoo to be bemused by the sight of the Takin, the national animal, is as strange a creature as you’ll ever see!
  • Walk through the nature trail that leads to Gangtey Monastery, one of the largest spiritual sites in Bhutan