Bhutan Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by anilpradhanshillong
  • Things to Do
    by anilpradhanshillong
  • Things to Do
    by anilpradhanshillong

Bhutan Things to Do

  • At the Border

    You need a visa for Bhutan. It must be pre-purchased and in line with Bhutanese regulations. It must be obtained by a tourist operator.The first thing I noticed as we drove into Bhutan was the quiet. No horns! The traffic had decreased also. Yes, there were still TATA trucks as Bhutan is heavily alligned with India but no-one was honking. The...

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  • Bhutan : Jambay Lhakhang Drup

    I just visited this festival this year, 30 Oct 2012. I would say this festival is rather special and not the usual masked dances festivals you will attend in any part of the world.My first trip to Bhutan was in March 2011 for the Paro festival. I fell in love with this country because of its cultural, friendly people and beautiful sceneries....

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  • WHERE IS IT ???????? IN BHUTAN

    Bhutan is a land-locked country bounded by Tibet and India. It's about 300km long, and 150km wide.Altitude ; 180m to 7550mm above sea level.Population; 699,000.Capital; Thimpu.Almost all of the country is mountainous,and can be divided into three regions; The high Himalayas ;The valleys and hills of the centre;The foothills and plains of the...

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  • Takstang: The Tiger's Nest Monastery

    Probably the most famous site in Bhutan for outsiders, the Tiger's Nest Monastery, sits alongside a sheer cliff thousands of feet above the valley. This Buddhist enclave was consecrated as the site where Guru Rimpoche, riding a flying tiger, faced, battled, and defeated the demon that lived on the mountain. This pious deed was remembered in the...

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  • Hiking the Royal Botanical Garden

    Hiking through the Royal Botanical Garden (which is more akin to a National Park than a garden), the landscape has a wide variety, ranging in elevation over 800 m and covering a diverse array of biomes as well as wildlife, including red pandas, Asian elephants, and even the elusive tiger. Up in the higher elevations, around 2700 m, the moist cloud...

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  • Dochula Pass

    In 2003, Bhutan was pushed towards war. Indian rebels were hiding in Bhutan, and the Indian government had given Butan an ultimatum of either driving the rebels out or the Indian Army would be forced to cross the border and do it themselves. Bhutan's traditions of pacifism and peace wanted to avoid a conflict, with an army of only 7,000 enlisted...

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  • Bird watching - wildlife

    Bhutan has a unique wildlife and is worth a trip for bird watchers.Even waiting for the plane to leave you can spot a black eagle gliding not to high over the runway.Black necked crans spend the winter in Bhutan (in Lhadak too). Once male and female bird have chosen each other, they spend all her life togeather.

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  • Best Route

    It is possible to have a good overview of Bhutan doing the following route: Paro, Thimphu,Wangdue,Punakha and Trongsa

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  • Search blue poppy

    National flower of Bhutan is blue poppy, or Meconopsis. Since it lives in high altitudes, we couldn't see it on our way. I just bought a stamp with its picture and used it on my own postcard. I have read that it is hard to grow from seeds and I am sure that it is impossible to find its seeds.It is not the only special plant in this land. I wish I...

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  • Drink the local booze

    In Bhutan, drink Bhutanese beverage. They have local beer and whisky. I tasted both and remember that the beer was smooth and delicious, and the whisky was hard and good. I had beer on a lunch and it was in a big bottle so I shared it with my friend. I tasted whisky in Wangdue, before dinner. And it wasn’t the only whisky on the menu. I drank it...

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  • Taste local fruits

    For example; apples. I ate most delicious apples here(except Amasya apple of my country). In September, all apple trees were full of fruits. They have a very dark red color. I’ve seen some trees, they were barely carrying their branches under the weight of fruits. I am still dreaming about having an apple orchard in Bhutan someday.

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  • Find some natural medicines

    Bhutan has a great flora and they use plants as medicine. I’ve read a lot about it but couldn’t find herbal medicines to buy. I asked about it to our guide and he said that they use herbal medicines but they only have it in a hospital in Thimphu. Medicines are prepared when they are needed. The only information about herbal medicines I got was from...

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  • Take some photos of children

    I’m not very fond of children. I like some of them but generally try to avoid them. In Bhutan, we saw many children. They all were cute and lovely. Maybe it’s because I didn’t understand what they said, but I think the modesty of country prevents people having spoiled children.They love to be photographed and pose voluntarily. If you don’t take...

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  • Find a tour company

    No one can visit Bhutan individually. You must have contact with some tour companies. Even if you are a single traveler, you need a local guide and a program. Intrektour was our local company during our visit. They arranged the accommodation, lunch and dinners, busses, etc. for us. They also provided two young local guides and they did all the...

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  • Taschichho Dzong

    Today the Taschicho Dzong is the seat of the government - the king has his office here. But there are also a huge number of monks. You can visit this place also from inside - but the entrance is restricted to half of the place. Still certainly worth a visit!

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  • The ruins of Drukyul Dzong

    This Dzong played an important role in defending Bhutan against Tibet. The founder of the State of Bhutan was a refugee from Tibet. After unifying Bhutan, these Dzongs - fortified monasteries, that also function as castles - guaranteed the freedom of this state. In fact Bhutan is one of the view countries that has never been conquered by...

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  • Dochu La Mountain Pass

    Dochu La is our peak point on our Bhutan trip. It has a 3050 m height and there are 108 stupas here. Mountain passes are sacred places and 108 stupas is for its sanctity. We were on our way to Punakha from Thimpu. We stopped here for a while and took some photos. With all the mist around, we had the most mystic images of Bhutan. Some people were...

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  • Send a postcard to yourself

    Bhutan’s postage stamps are so special and have fame among philatelists. Spare some time to buy a postcard and stamp and send it to yourself. Generally, you’ll receive it after your return and it is great to receive a non-electronic mail these days.I usually do this everywhere I visit, but I only send postcards to my loved ones. This is the first...

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  • Looking for the Blue Poppy

    Travel to Buthan on it own was a fantastic experience, starting from the plane ride overlooking Mt Everest, followed by one of the softest landings I have ever had. Once you touch the ground you start noticing the clean air, friendly people and of course the simple yet beautiful architecture.Paro was the start of the trip, we stayed a couple of...

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  • Takshang Monastery - Tiger´s Nest

    The Tiger´s Nest Monastery is the most spectacular building in Bhutan. Situated on a steep rockcliff around 1000m above the ground. Clouds were covering the scene just like in those romantic-dreaming Chinese paintings....unbelievable, I always thought scene like that were just fantasy.The way up to the monastery is steep and quite long since you...

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  • Rinpung Dzong

    Rinpung Dzong is a big fortified monastery at the entrance of Paro. This monastery offers vivid scenes with monks and pilgrims. Inside you can watch monks preparing for tests. If they feel ready for the examination they stand up in front of the higher ranked monk and wait until it is their turn.By the way, this monastery was the setting for...

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  • Magnificent Mountainview -...

    Since you have to do at least one way to or from Bhutan by the bhutanese monopoly carrier Druk Air, you have the mountain flight included. If you are lucky and the clouds dont cover the peaks you can see magnificent mountains like Choy Oyu, Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga - which are all above 8.000m.On my returnflight I had an...

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  • Tatksang Monastery

    This is the most impacting monastery incrusted in a high mountain. It is called in Bhutanese Dzong Taksang (Dzong means monastery, and Taksang is “The Tiger Nest”). It is the most revered in the whole Bhutan because Padmasambhava, the 8th century Indian holy monk who introduced Buddhism in Tibet, stayed there during his hazardous journey accros the...

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  • Phelchey Toenkhyim

    The Phelchey Toenkhim is an open air museum showing the old traditional way of life and farming in Bhutan. You can walk through complete furnished old houses. Even farming techniques get expalined. The vivid explainations of how the men used to get closer to the farmer`s daughters without the knowledge of the family was very illustrative ;-)

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  • Rockpainting on the way to Cheri...

    This is a beautiful rockpainting of Padmasambhava - Guru Rinpoche - on the way to the Cheri Monastery. Next to the painting there is a small house with a big prayer wheel moved by a watermill. Buddhists are quite creative in spinning prayer wheels of all sizes to send prayers to heaven. By hand, water or even the hot air of a yak butter lamp!

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  • The city of Paro

    Paro is the second biggest city - which still is very small - in fertile green valley. You can walk down the main street within 5 minutes, but that is what gives the charm to this place. Even new buildings are built with the traditional look and style. A nice and relaxed place, with sights like the Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong and Drukyul Dzong close...

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  • Beautiful view over Timphu

    There is a huge prayer flag field on the top of one mountain of the Timphu Valley, from where you can enjoy a great view over the city. Walking past and benath all those flags blowing in the wind gives you a nice experience. Sit down and relax on the grass for this view.

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  • Ta Dzong

    The Ta Dzong is a roundhouse fortress which is nowadays turned into a historical and cultural museum. History, religion and the way of life gets explained in detail. From Thankas to dresses, jewelry, tools and equipment of the past - everything is shown here. Plus the architecture of the building itself is interesting and you have a great view over...

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  • Cheri Monastery

    The Cheri Monastery is a great place for a daytrip. Situated in the green wooded side of a mountain, you have to climb up a narrow, muddy meandering path through the woods, you sometimes get a glimpse into the valley - beautiful!

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  • Timphu - the capital of Bhutan

    Timphu is the capital of Bhutan - with only 20.000 inhabitants the city offers a quiet, laid-back atmosphere. It is the only capital in the world that has NO traffic light! No joke, on the main crossing there is only a policeman looking for the traffic, but the whole traffic works without any trafficlights......But it is the best place to do some...

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  • Fields of Prayer Flags

    Wherever you go in Bhutan, you will find huge field of prayer flags. Each year the are rebuilt for special occasions like praying for good luck or after the death of a beloved family member. When the wind blows through the flags, the prayers written on them will be send to heaven!

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  • Paro Dzong

    It's like going back into another world when you visit this dzong.. Child monks learning bhuddist songs, people going about their business etc.

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  • Tiger's Nest, Paro

    A must is a hike up to Tiger's Nest or Tatsang Monastery. It's not hard, just a gradual walk up hill. There's a cafe 3/4 of the way up. If you can get there you can get to the top and the views are so much better so well worth the extra time. If you're scared of heights or have bad knees you might not like the very last bit which involves stairs...

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  • Handicraft

    Instead of going to nice handicraft shops find a handicraft school. Often you can have a look into how traditional handicraft products are made and by buying them at the schools you directly support the school. Ask locals to help you to find the handicraft schools.

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  • Farmhouses - architecture

    When you get to Bhutan have a close look at a village farm house. Ask your guide to take you inside. In the ground floor you find storage and stables, in the first floor kitchen and living/sleeping rooms and the home sancturay. To all temples and sanctuaries take off your shoes (take thick socks with you if you suffer from cold feet).It is the...

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  • Trekking

    If you have the opportinity to travel to Bhutan do a trekking. There are cultural trekkings which are easy to during two to three days . The "snowman trek" requires at least three weeks and is a challange.The picture was taken on a trek to the hotsprings of Gaza done at wintertime.

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  • Monastries - Dzongs

    What is a must to see in Bhutan are the fortified monastries (Dzongs). The used as monastries and a offices for administration.In the central court of Paro Dzong Bertolucci filmed sequences of "Little Buddha".

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  • View from Drukgyel Dzong

    Bhutan offers great views from almost any perspective. This view is from Drukgyel Dzong, one of the most important Dzongs in Bhutan. Destroyed by fire decades ago it's ruins still stand atop a hill on the outskirts of Paro. A short hike to the top provides great views of the farmland below.

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  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery

    It's a 2 hour hike to Taktshang but the view is well worth it. The hike offers great scenic views of the valley below and the monastery high up on a cliff. The monastery is roughly 3,000 feet above the valley at an altitude of 9,500 feet. Bring lots of water and prepare to stop a lot. The altitude makes the hike more difficult.

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  • THE NATIONAL EMBLEM.

    The emblem is composed of a double diamond thunderbolt placed above a lotus, surmounted by a jewel and surrounded by two dragons. It is very colourful, like all of the weaving in the country.

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  • Beautiful decorations on most buildings.

    The wonderful decorations on the homes, shops, and Dzongs in Bhutan will be long remembered by me. This is a typical decoration on part of the Paro Dzong. The homes are painted in various designs, and all have a special significance.The most common are the Swastikas, louts flowers, cloud whirls and the Tashe Tagye (eight auspicious synbols).There...

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  • Whole of Bhutan is a 'must...

    Whole of Bhutan is a 'must see'. Its a unique country and I found it fascinating just to be inside its borders. It has a arcitecture I never see anywere else, people were dressed like no other places etc. I just hope this culture will be preserved. Its said its one of the worlds poorest countries but I never saw real powerty with beggars, slum etc....

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