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Though Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, I had such a wonderful time there and met some of the most incredible people. As your plane approaches Bhutan, take in the breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains and of Mt. Everest.

Simply unwind and stay in one of the 24-featured suites located within this resort. Experience submerging weight transformation treatments and detox & cleanse with a mindfulness experience surrounded by pine forests. Stroll on the suspension bridge and hike over mountain trails surrounded by wildlife, ample greenery and rice paddies. Take note, due to the high altitudes and hiking distances, physical training is encouraged prior to embarking on this trip.

If there is one thing you must do in Bhutan, I would recommend taking a hike up a seemingly sheer cliff to the Tiger’s Nest, the Taktshang Monastery. If you want to conserve some of your energy, consider taking a pony to the halfway point. A teahouse is located at this point and serves as a breather and spot to refuel. After your hike, nothing beats a relaxing soak in the hot-stone bath.

There are many temples, fortresses and monasteries to see in Bhutan. Visit Paro Dzong (the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels) or catch the daily ceremonial national flag recess parade by the Royal Bhutan Police Guards at Tashichho Dzong (the Fortress of the Glorious Religion). On the top of my list is the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. You can also see the world’s largest sitting buddha combined with a view of the Thimphu valley at the Kuenshholing View Point. Make your way across the rice fields to the Chimi Lhakhang (the fertility temple), visit the Memorial Chorten or make a trip to The Punakha Dzong, the winter capital of the central monk body where the Punakha Festival is held.

I also suggest walking around the Dochula Pass, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. There is also an important temple located on the crest of the pass. Of course, a better journey would not be complete without adventuring on the famous bridges in Bhutan such as the Tacho Gang Iron Bridge and the Longest Suspension Bridge, which offers spectacular views of the river and valley. 

 

Learning about the heritage and experiencing the Bhutan culture is also essential to your journey. Witness the ancient houses in Rinchengang village, share encounters with the local village folk and gain insight into the Bhutan local way of life. Walk around the Paro Farmers’ weekend market where you can find a wide assortment of fresh, organic produce and artisanal foods. This village is also famous for its masonry work. Last but not least, visit a picturesque farmer’s house of Paro as it gives a unique glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. Harvesting vegetables from the garden, learning to cook Bhutanese traditional food and savoring organic farm house-cooked food with the farmer’s family.

If your schedule permits, stay for the five-day religious festival, Llra Tsechu. Take in the unique and colorful displays and enjoy the masked dancers and traditional folk music played throughout the monasteries. The Bhutanese people dress in their finest clothes to enjoy the festival with their family and friends.

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