Verken Bhutan: The Land of Monasteries and Mountains

Verken Bhutan: The Land of Monasteries and Mountains

High in the eastern Himalayas, shone between India and China, Bhutan is a little paradise of paradise. It is a country where development is measured by Gross National Happiness (and not by Gross National Product), where peppers are considered a vegetable and rice is red. Come on a tour with us through this magical country:

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Known as the Last Shangri-LaBhutan is blessed with far-reaching valleys, magnificent Himalayas and an abundance of rare fauna and flora.

1) Rinpung Dzong, Paro

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Rinpung Dzong is popular as the Fort on a heap of jewels and is a classic example of Bhutanese deep-rooted traditions and architecture.

What will attract you: Five-storey central tower (Utse), open courtyard guarded by soaring walls.

Must know: Travelers are requested to wear all long sleeve shirts (including men) for all Dzongs.

2) Buddha Dordenma statue, Thimpu

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The huge 51-meter statue of Buddha Dordenma is an exemplary gold and bronze statue that can be seen almost everywhere in Thimphu.
The huge 51-meter statue of Buddha Dordenma is an exemplary gold and bronze statue that can be seen almost everywhere in Thimphu.
 

What will attract you: Kuensel Phodrang Natural Park, meditation hall seated under the giant Buddha statue.

Shhhh..Secret: The Buddha Dordenma Statue encapsulates 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha. Wow! That is excellent!

3) Tiger’s Nest, Paro- Unofficial symbol of Bhutan

The Tiger's Nest Monastery is perched on a cliff and stands 900 meters above an attractive forest of blue pines and rhododendrons. That is a majestic view!
The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is perched on a cliff and stands 900 meters above an attractive forest of blue pines and rhododendrons. That is a majestic view!
 

What will attract you: Sacred monastery of Guru Rinpoche, scenic view of the valleys of Paro, cave temple.

Keep in mind that: Camera, telephone or other gadgets are prohibited in the monastery.

4) Punakha Dzong- The Palace of Happiness

Impressively spectacular and distinguished, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan.
Impressively spectacular and distinguished, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan.
 

What will attract you: Intricate paintings and the architecture of the fortress, ‘hundred pillar hall’ with ornate wall paintings.

A visual treat: This Dzong is strategically placed between two rivers that show a noticeable difference in color, leading to a beautiful sight.

Fascinated enough? Top 5 facts about Bhutan

Bhutanese calling their home “Druk Yul,” meaning “the land of thunder dragons.”

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Indulge: things you must try

1) Snowman Trek

From Paro, Snowman Trek leads you to the remote corner of the Lunana Valley via Lingshi and Laya.

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Best time: Mid June to mid October

2) Mountainbiking in Paro en Punakha

For exploring further ruins and monasteries, mountain biking trails are an excellent choice.

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Quick tip: Ditch your car and hop on a bike to experience rugged terrains, swirling dives and beautiful rice paddies.

3) Rafting a kayak

River Mo Chhu is perfect for beginners, while the lower Paro Chhu River will attract a more adventurous crowd with its many small boulder rapids.

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Highlight: Opt for a rafting tour that will cross different places in Bhutan through the white waters.

A surge of flavours: Bhutanese cuisine

Unlike any other food you will ever eat, food in Bhutan is delicious. In Bhutan, try the following dishes:

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The five need to know phrases in Bhutanese

Phrases To Help You Converse In Bhutanese:

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Choose your dates: best time for Visit

Weather breakdown to help you choose the right travel time:

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Bhutan with its pristine beauty, breathtaking landscapes and legendary ancient temples really deserves your visit. So don’t wait any longer! Plan a trip and explore the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’.

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