Nestled in the slopes of the Himalayas, Bhutan is one of the most majestic destinations bordered by India and Tibet. Bhutan prefers quality over quantity that is why it is not a destination for typical backpackers who are looking for a budget destination. You’ll be amazed to see the untouched beauty of this majestic country.
Bhutan has achieved eco-friendly and conservation practices long ago when the world was even aware of it and is the world’s very first carbon-negative country. Cigarettes and plastic bags are banned, and you will be amazed to know that the constitution states that 60% of the land will remain in forest cover all the time, and the internet and television was introduced in 1999 for the very first time. Bhutan is a very unique, green, lush, and absolutely gorgeous nation. Bhutanese people take pride in their country and perform every possible effort to save the environment with harmony along with appreciating comparative isolation from the world. Here are some of the ways to explore Bhutan.
Bhutan’s most sacred religious site: Tiger’s Nest
Taktsang Lhakhang is ordinarily known as Tiger’s Nest, which is Bhutan’s most religious and sacred site. Taktsang is one of the most iconic landmarks of Bhutan and situated at the edge of the Paro valley around 1000 meters above the sea level. The monastery was first built in 1692, where Guru Rimpoche was assumed to pray. It was devastated in the fire, after that they mounted the current structure in 1998. It’ll take 2 to 3 hours to reach monastery depending upon the fitness level. No trip in Bhutan will be complete without hiking to the Tiger’s nest.
Explore world’s largest main road without red light – Norzin Lam
Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan and the largest city in this country. It is the economic, political, religious, and cultural center of Bhutan. The main landmark of the capital is Tashichho Dzong. The capital is also the home of the king. It is worthy of paying a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum and National Memorial Chorten. The national library introduces one to the unique Buddhist texts. Norzin Lam is the world’s largest main road without any traffic light. Thimpu buzzes with crimson-robed monks, youth in contrast and traditionally clothes citizens. You may walk on the road and enjoy a cappuccino at the roadside cafes. You will be amazed to see the blend of old age traditional culture with new commercial exhilaration.
Taste authentic and spicy Bhutanese cuisine
Renowned for chilli- based flavors, fiery, Bhutanese cuisine is a mixture of culinary styles from China, Tibet, and India. Red rice is a major part of each meal, guided by main dishes like chicken, pork, beef, and vegetables. The main ingredient of any side dish or snacks is cheese and chilli. Datshi prepared through sour milk of cow and used as the primary content for preparing sauces. Main dishes are specially flavored with red and green chillies for making it extremely spicy. Ema Datshi is an extremely spicy dish with which you can start your food adventure. You may try Kewa Datshi, Jasha Maru and Phaksha Paa – some of the must-try cuisines. Dry yak meat and yak cheese are some of the must try from this country. It is suggested to taste slowly as Bhutanese cuisine will try your patience level for spices.
Trek in magnificent valleys and mountains
Bhutan showcases the Himalayan Mountains at their best. The country’s policy of reducing tourists helps in leaving the region untouched. Snow-clad peaks, pristine mountain lakes, vast green valleys, and towering glaciers make a perfect destination for trekking. The best time to go trekking is between March-May and September to November. Bhutan has a plethora of options from one or two days trek to month-long treks. The main trekking attractions are Snowman trek, Druk path trek, Jomolhari trek, and Yaksha trek. You may find shorter rides in Punakha and Paro. If you hike from Paro you’ll reach the tiger’s nest and if your hike towards Punakha you will reach Geon Tsechu, both the locations will not disappoint you for breathtaking views of the Himalayas along with the diversity of flora and fauna. It would be an incredible experience to explore monasteries and authentic villages on your way so far removed from the mean world.
Shop for Thangka Paintings
Thangka paintings are traditional Tibetan Buddhist paintings which represents spiritual events, or Buddhist deities on cloth, paper canvas, or mandala. In ancient times these paintings were created with delicate embroideries with vibrant silk threads weaved across the portrait. Mainly these paintings are used for meditation and they are hanged behind the main altars in the Buddhist temples and Monasteries. Artists make detailed paintings to enhance concentration. Earlier people used these paintings for religious practices, but nowadays they use these as a decorative item.
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