The Best Things to Do in Bhutan

Wondering what’s there to see or do in Bhutan? Discover the magic of the road less traveled in the Last Shangri-la. Discover Gross National Happiness Bhutan is famous for measuring the quality of life based on Gross National Happiness. This means their local government is more inclined to prioritize the happiness and well-being of their […]

  • November 13, 2019

Wondering what’s there to see or do in Bhutan? Discover the magic of the road less traveled in the Last Shangri-la.

Discover Gross National Happiness

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Bhutan is famous for measuring the quality of life based on Gross National Happiness. This means their local government is more inclined to prioritize the happiness and well-being of their people rather than the typical trade or economic figures. This concept might be foreign for most visitors, but this is one of the many things that makes a trip Bhutan special.

Celebrate the Tsechu festival

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Timing your visit during a festive season is a good idea anywhere in the world, but it’s especially worthwhile in Bhutan. The Tsechu festival is a social gathering held on the 10th day on any Tibetan lunar month, where ceremonial dances are the highlight of the event.

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Keep an eye out for the Cham dance, where monks dance to a traditional music wearing elaborate masks and costumes.

Find peace at the Tiger’s Nest

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Standing 900 mètres above Paro Valley, Tiger’s Nest Monastery or Taktsang Lakhang is the country’s most famous landmark. Both travelers and locals make the pilgrimage up the monastery, where the picturesque view is the highlight of each trip. Block off a day for a steep trek up the cliff and the R&R you will need after the tiring but rewarding hike.

Learn archery

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Bhutan’s national sport is archery, so this is the best place to learn if you’re inclined to take up the sport. The sport is also an important pastime for the locals, so much that every village in the country has a field for archery. You can coincide your visit during archery tournaments to make for a fun and engaging trip.

Hike up the Himalayas

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Want to trek the Himalayas minus the huge crowd? Choose your level of trekking and narrow down what interest you: there’s the Bumthang Cultural Trek that stops by monasteries, temples and villages; the Jhomolhari Trek, which features ancient trade routes from Jigme Dorji National Park to Jhomolhari peak along the Tibetan border; and the Snowman Trek, considered to be one of the world’s toughest and most expensive treks that will take you through the remote Lunana district and peaks as high as 5,230 metres.

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Join our upcoming Bhutan tour, departing this November 2017. For inquiries or bookings, send us an email at inquiry@travelwithaccess.com or call 534-0116.

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