Bhutan is a small country located in the eastern part of the mighty Himalayas. This small country is the last Buddhist kingdom in the world, and its neighboring country, India and China where it is landlocked between its neighbors India and China. It is the only carbon-negative country in the world, and this is the only one of many reasons why it is called the last ‘Shangri-La’.
Bhutan offers endless adventures during trekking in the Himalayas. Some of the best preserved temples and monasteries in the world are here, most of which are traditional and use no nails at all. In fact, Bhutan has more to offer to visitors, they will never get enough Bhutan. Here, we list the top ten things to do in Bhutan, if you are lucky enough to visit this wonderful country. Although many places in Bhutan have not been touched by modern tourism, there is plenty of scope for adventure.
- Villages of Bhutan -Make Yourself Home.
The villages of Bhutan are still the same as the good times of the past. They still practice ancient customs and traditions and maintain these traditional values more than urban residents. These people in rural communities are very friendly and welcoming to tourists.
Here, you not only have the opportunity to interact with locals, but also indulge in their customs, food, games and agricultural activities. If you can even save time, you can even spend a few nights here, and the villagers won’t mind.
- Experience the Magnificence of the Punakha Dzong.
It is known here as numerous fortresses or Dzong to fill the country of Bhutan. One of them one stands out among the rest and is a must see when you visit here. Punakha Dzong is the most beautiful Dzong in the country, usually associated with its ordinate woodcarvings and beautiful paintings. In the spring, the Lilac tinted jacaranda trees brings a green sensibility to the towering white walls of dzong.
Punakha Dzong was the second to be built in Bhutan until the mid-1950s, when it was the capital and capital of the government. Most Bhutanese kings are crowned in this place. Dzong is still the winter residence of Dranshang. (The Official monk body).
- Immerse yourself in the Local Festivity.
You can always find a perfect festival holiday for yourself here. Tshechus is a cultural festival and a grand event where the entire community gathers to witness religious mask dances, blessings and simple social events. People from all over the world wear their best Bhutanese costumes, made of expensive hand-woven textiles, with complex designs, witnessing mask dances and colorful folk dances and traditional dances.
You really enjoy like to take photo shoots of peopleand mask dances. Tshechus and other local festival times are the best time to visit Bhutan. These festivals are held throughout the year, , in different parts of the country.
- Dancing with the nomads.
Join nomads in the festival of the Royal Highland festival, which is a nomad festival that takes place at 3800 meters in Laya, the highest settlement in Bhutan. This festival aims to promote a sustainable livelihood of the Highlanders.
This festival brings together highlanders from various parts of Bhutan to exchange values, skills , knowledge and special practices related to highland and yak farming.
- Getting to know the thirteen traditional Arts and Crafts of Bhutan.
And Art lovers, this is for you. If you are a lover of Art and craft, then the Institute of the traditional 13 arts and crafts in Timphu is where you should be. This if from where the young Bhutanese acquire the skills that decorate Bhutan’s architecture, textiles, jewelry and everything else.
Since the 15th century, the art and craft you see here have been practiced since the 15th century and were categorized into the 13 traditional groups towards the end of the 17th Century. Having been passed down from generation to generation, studying these arts and crafts today involves an intensive 4- 6 years of training at the Institute.
- Witness An Archery Tournament.
Archery is much more than just a sport in Bhutan. It is an obsession. Men devote vast amounts of time, energy and money on the game.
The traditional of this game involves bamboo bows and arrows, as much as with the world’s most expensive hunting archery equipment. The top archers here have earned a nationwide respect and adoration while key match winning exploits become the stuff of legends.
- The Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek
Considered by guides as one of the best hiking spots in Bhutan – Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek, with the most pristine and unspoiled landscape of Bhutan. The journey begins at Drukgel and lasts for about fourteen days and two hundred and seventeen kilometers. The trek goes through magnificent alpine meadows, high mountain passes and thick subtropical jungle, and then ends in Damji in Tashitang, Gus.
- Partying in Thimphu
If you want a bit of local brew while travelling,then don’t miss the weekend nightlife in Thimphu. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, where you can find several nightclubs and live music venues as well as many other traditional dance venues called “Drayangs”. These Drayings are very unique in Bhutan’s experience – girls wearing Kiaras will dance and sing for any song you request.
- East Bhutan
As a scheme to open up and improve tourism activities in Eastern Bhutan, the Royal Government of Bhutan is offering a waver on the Sustainable Development Fee of USD 65 paise per person per night to halt in various districts to the east of Bhutan.
So explorers, this is your chance to head out and explore the unexplored, as there is a culture waiting there to be known. This place offers the visitors the experience of a semi- nomadic lifestyle, culture and the vernacular in one of the most scenic pastrol vales in the protected area of the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary.
- The Tiger’s Nest.
The Tiger’s nest is the most popular and most visited tourist travel destinations in Bhutan. The look of the monastery, holding on precariously to a Cliffside, is truly a sight to behold. After an hour and a half’s worth of climbing you will not be disappointed.
It is said that the place is so enchanting, that many tourists have actually broken down to cry at such a pretty sight.
And there you have it, the top ten most unique things to do in Bhutan. It is truly a heavenly place to visit. If you do have the opportunity to travel to the roof of the world, you ought to make the best out of it. Beauty and culture couldn’t come together in one picture and here you have it in Bhutan.