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Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments.

BHUTAN TOP DESTINATIONS
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, and Jakar are the popular destinations.

BHUTAN SCENERY
Bhutan pristine ecosystem is rich and diverse, the location and great geographical and climatic variations, Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and valleys boast spectacular biodiversity.

TREKKING ADVENTURES IN BHUTAN
Trekking is awesome in Bhutan. The Druk path is the most commonly trekked from Paro, to the capital Thimphu. The Jomolhari, and Laya Gasa trek are also very popular and the Snowman Trek is reported to be one of the toughest treks in the world, taking a approximately 30 days. The recommended season for this trek is mid-June to mid-October.

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● Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Paro.
● Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery on your way to Taktsang.
● Kurje Lhakhang, Jakar. A temple built around a cave with a body print of Guru Rinpoche embedded in the wall.
● Guru Rinpoche practiced meditation here on his first visit to Bhutan and as such it is the earliest Buddhist relic in the country.

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AIRLINE » DrukAir
RESTAURANT » Coffee Culture
ACCOMMODATION » Namgay Heritage Hotel
THINGS TO DO » Namgay Adventure Travels
RESTAURANT » Namgay Artisanal Brewery
ACCOMMODATION » Zhiwa Ling Hotel
RESTAURANT» Mountain Cafe
RESTAURANT » The Zone
RESTAURANT » Mountain Cafe
RESTAURANT » The Zone
RESTAURANT » Ambient Cafe
RESTAURANT » Champaca Cafe
RESTAURANT » The Season’s Restaurant Pizzaria
RESTAURANT » Sonam Trophel Restaurant (Indian, Bhutanese, Chinese)


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Low Volume, High Value Tourism

The Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable approach to tourism in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Foreign visitors famously pay a minimum tariff of US$250 per day, making it seem one of the world’s more expensive destinations. However, this fee is all-inclusive – accommodation, food, transport and an official guide are all provided, so it’s not a bad deal. You don’t have to travel in a large group and you can arrange your own itinerary. What you won’t find is budget backpacker-style travel.

Surprising Bhutan

Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the main dish. It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where monks check their smartphones after performing a divination, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses. Yet while it visibly protects its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is not a museum. You will find the Bhutanese well educated, fun loving and well informed about the world around them. It’s this blending of the ancient and modern that makes Bhutan endlessly fascinating.

The Last Shangri La?

So why spend your money to come here? Firstly, there is the amazing Himalayan landscape, where snow-capped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests. Taking up prime positions in this picture-book landscape are the majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries. This unique architecture sets the stage for spectacular tsechus (dance festivals) attended by an almost medieval-looking audience.

Environmental protection goes hand in hand with cultural preservation in Bhutan. By law, at least 60% of the country must remain forested for all future generations; it currently stands above 70%. Whether you are spotting takins or blue poppies, trekking beneath 7000m peaks or strolling across hillsides ablaze with spring rhododendron blooms, Bhutan offers one of the last pristine pockets in the entire Himalaya.


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