Bhutan is not the most well known nation out there but some might be familiar with the name based on the land-bound country’s consistent high placement on happiness rankings. The Government of Bhutan has restricted the influx of tourists making the entrance both expensive and time consuming to secure but for those who go through the motions to get in, they’re welcomed with a delightfully unique, and culturally eye opening experience.
Check out these 3 highlights for your first vacation to Bhutan:
Thimphu: Similar to other capitals, Thimphu is popular because it is home to numerous monuments and historical legacies. Examples range from the Fortress of the Glorious Religion to celebrated fortress-monasteries such as the Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras. Thimphu is also home to an ever-increasing number of nightclubs, hotels, & restaurants while serving as a convenient hub for transportation to local attractions.
Paro Taktsang: Sometimes called the Tiger’s Nest, Paro Taktsang is a sacred site for Himalayan Buddhists built right into the cliffside of the Paro Valley. Legends claim that it is the site where Padmasambhava (the second Buddah) entered the land riding a tiger and began introducing Buddhism to the surrounding region. In modern times, the climb to see the site provides a spectacular view of Paro Valley and the surrounding cultural landmarks celebrating Buddhism in the Himalayas.
Treking: Bhutan is home to numerous treks through its mountainous landscape. However, one of the most challenging is the Snowman Trek, which crosses six mountains and nine passes. In total, the experience lasts 25 days, covering both Bhutan’s unspoiled landscape and its rich cultural heritage.
Although Bhutan is not as accessible as some of its neighbors, it is an excellent place for adventure travelers interested in challenging its heights and photography lovers looking for awe-inspiring landscapes and authentic cultural images in one of the most remote countries on the planet! We’ll be scouting out this incredible country for future group tours to Bhutan so stay tuned!