Bhutan is a place where smile is common; where people does not hesitate to invite a foreigners for a supper and where humanity is valued more than money. This tiny landlocked Buddhist nation 700,000 people offers a generous serving of beauty, nature and happiness and a window to its rich culture through architecture.
1. Hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Paro)
Taktsang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. Popularly know as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have traveled to meditate in it.
2. Visit Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong is know for its marvelous ancient architecture. You’ll find such dzongs scattered throughout the land. Each dzong happens to a monastery, administrative centre and fortress rolled into one. One has to be decently dressed to visit these dzongs.
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3. Must Taste Ema Datshi
Ema Datshi is Bhutan’s national dish where Ema means Chillies and Datshi means Cheese. Yes it is prepared by chillies and cheese. Best to have it with white rice and red rice.
4. Try the local wine Ara
Ara is a traditional alcoholic beverage consumed in Bhutan. Made up of rice, maize, millet or wheat. The beverage is usually clear, creamy or white color.
5. Visit Centenary Farmer’s Market (Thimphu)
The largest domestic market for vegetables and foodstuff on the bank of the Wang Chhu attracts farmers from across the tiny kingdom. Built in 2008, the two-storied building has 400 stalls neatly stacked with farm and meat produce.
6. Adventure activities
Bhutan being the rural nation in this urban age offers adventure activities like River Rafting, Kayaking, Trekking, Mountain Biking, Cycling, Rock Climbing, etc.
Bhutan has a lot more to offer like saying Hello to Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and learn the story behind the mystical animal. Also discover the tales of Phallus and get blessed. Participate in the festivals to truly feel the culture of happiness.
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