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 Chimmi 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.
Apple plucking season starts from July to August in the region of Paro and Thimphu.
Black Necked Crane Festival
During the festival, the local communities organize various cultural programs in Phobjikha, including crane dance performance and stalls selling colourful local items and Bhutanese handicrafts.
This day tour will bring you to visit Jakar Dzong, one of the largest in the country, hike through, Kurjey Lhakhang's beautiful landscape to Tamshing Monastery, experience first-hand the unique local cottage, brewery and cheese industries.
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.
Cycling up the Pho Chhu River
Take a morning cycling up the beautiful Pho Chhu River, famous for the White-Bellied Heron and dramatic scenery. Take a walk into the local village for a spot of tea before having a lovely picnic lunch overlooking the river before returning to Punakha.
Day in Punakha
In the morning head to Khasum Yuley Namgay Chorten before walking down to Punakha Dzong. In the afternoon take a walk across the rice paddies to Chimmi Lhakhang, the fertility temple.
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.