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Things to do in Bhutan

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Test of Bhutan Trek: The best way to explore Bhutan and its diversity is to trek from Paro to Punakha via Thimpu. This route goes past ruined forts, windy ridges, spectacular mountain scenery, and architectural delights.  Paro-Thimpu-Punakha trekking is an excellent choice for both experienced as well as first-time trekkers.  This route is mostly easy but has some demanding ascents and descents. During the trek, you will go through Paro Valley, visit of iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Ta Dzong, Jele Dzong, Jangchulakhang, Jigmelangtsho, Phajoding, and Thimpu. This trek takes typically takes about 10-11 days but can be shortened to 6-7 days by adding some scenic driving. Just let us know your interest, and how much time you want to spend in Bhutan, we will make a customized program to fit your time.

Thimphu: The capital of Bhutan is home to around 80,000 residents. It is also the largest city in Bhutan and possibly one of the safest places on earth. Thimphu is home to many impressive monasteries, temples, museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. While in Thimphu, we also recommend you visit The National Folk Heritage Museum, School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts, the Botanical Gardens in Serbithang, Trashi Chhoe Dzong, Takin Preserve, and Kuenselphodrang, the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan. There is also a chance to stroll around the Norzin Lam neighborhood, an energetic and unique way explore Bhutanese art, culture, and food.

Paro: Home to merely 4,500 people but over 55 temples and monasteries, Paro is a picturesque historic town located in the southwest Bhutan. One of the distinctive features of Paro is that it is situated in the bottom of a flat valley and follows a grid-like pattern. The central plaza, adorned with a large prayer wheel and a small amphitheater, is also a location which hosts different concerts and events. Surrounding beautiful town of Paro, the greater Paro valley expands from the union of the Paro Chhu and the Wang Chhu rivers at Chuzom up to Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North. This beautiful region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley.  There are so many things to explore in Paro and the Paro Valley. Some of the must visit places in the region include National Museum of Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong,  Drugyel Dzong, Jangsarbu Lhakhang, and Kichu Lhakhang Monastery.

Taktsang Monastery: The iconic Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger Nest Monastery, is one of the must-visit destinations while you are in Bhutan. The monastery which hangs on the side of a cliff provides every visitor with a once in a lifetime experience. Great Bhutanese myth has says that Guru Rinpoche had flown on the back of a tigress to this place and meditate in the cave for three months. Said to have been built in the 16th century, the monastic complex also contains the Lhakhang monastery which provides visitors with a breathtaking view of the Paro valley.

Punakha: Located at an altitude of around 1275 meters (4200 ft) and 72 km north-east of Thimphu, Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Home to the Palace of Great Happiness, known as Punakha Dzong locally, Punakha remains one of the major attractions for anyone visiting Bhutan. When you are in Punakha, make sure to visit Punakha Dzong Buddhist Monastery, Chimi Lhakhang Temple, and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten Temple. For those seeking something more adventurous, you can hike over Punakha Suspension Bridge or go whitewater rafting on the Mo Chu river.

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