Things to Do in Bhutan
Bhutan’s experiences immerse you in the truly breath-taking scenery around you. Bhutan is famous for its festivals which are a myriad of colours, movements and blessings and worth spending a day soaking it all in if you visit while one is taking place. On each experience you will learn about the mystical, magical and truly unbelievable folk tales which make up Bhutanese history and the guides will bring each story to life as you embark on your journey through the country.
Bhutan’s most famous site is Tigers Nest Monastery which is perched on a cliff face and once you hike up the hill, sit back enjoy the majestic valleys while you are educated on the Divine Madman. There are also some stunning Dzong fortresses (government buildings) which sit majestically on riverbanks or centre stage within each valley and are worth getting lost for an afternoon. Bhutan is perfect for those who enjoy the flora and fauna while hiking in the countryside, the guides are totally adaptable to your pace but always willing to walk up the nearest mountain or hill to get to the incredible vista or temple at the top where you can take a breather while taking in the spectacular views.
Paro Sunday Market
If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.
A visit to Chimi Lhakhang
The Chimmi Lhakhang Temple is a temple of fertility dedicated to the Buddhist saint known as the Divine Madman. A short walk through paddy fields takes you to the temple and is popular with Bhutanese families wanting to start a family.
Afternoon Tour of Thimphu
Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing around Thimphu. This tour includes a visit to Tamchog Lhakhang, the beautiful National Memorial Chorten, the golden Buddha Dodernma before taking in the views and enjoying the local farmers' market.
Cultural Tour of Thimphu
Spend the afternoon visiting some of Thimphu's cultural artistic sights. Your guide will take you to the impressive Zorig Chusum, Weaving centre, Folk Heritage Museum & Jungshi Paper factory. All play an important role in understanding Bhutanese culture.
Day in Thimphu
You can easily fill an afternoon or day exploring Thimphu. It is worth visiting the Tashiccho Dzong, where essentially Bhutan is governed from. Also of interest is the Simtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Changagkka Temple & Folk Museum.
Day Trip to Chelela Pass and Hike Kila Goenpa
Chelela Pass, Paro
Chele La Pass is known to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and provides wonderful views over Ha Valley and Paro District, which you have the chance to view today before taking a scenic hike and visit to Kila Nunnery.
Day walk through Phobjikha
Take a day walk around the Phobjikha valley, an ideal hike to see the black-neck cranes from November to late March, or simply to experience the villages and farms along the way. See the Crane Information centre at the end.
Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
Evening Prayers at a Buddhist Monastery
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
Farmhouse Visit & Home-Cooked Dinner
Visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan dating back to 7th century before meeting with local community members in a nearby farmhouse to enjoying a home-cooked dinner.