16 Unique Reasons Why You Should Visit Bhutan
Tucked into the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan gives you a time travelling experience. Most tourists who visit Bhutan don’t like to return from there and many seriously even consider of getting a Bhutan citizenship. Here are some top reasons to visit Bhutan:
01: A Unique Tour
One of the best aspects of visiting Bhutan is that it’s a place hardly visited by the tourists. Therefore, the chance of knowing about it even before reaching there is least. As a result, the visit will have a “surprising element” attached to it.
02: A Smiling Country
The warmth of a country depends on the behavior of that country’s people largely. The Bhutanese people are sweet enough to say you ‘good bye’ (it is used to welcome people in Bhutan) with smiles always attached to their lips.
03: Tiger’s Nest – 10,200 feet above
Hanging on a cliff 10,200 feet above the city of Paro, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery was completed in 1692. The monastery was restored after it suffered blazes from a butter lamp. It is believed that Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) flew there on the back of a tiger. It is one of the most sacred places of the country.
04: Takin – The National Animal
The Takin, the national animal of Bhutan is said to have been created by Lama Drukpa Kunley (also known as Divine Madman) by cutting off a goat’s head and attaching it to a cow’s body.
Monkees, also known as little-kid monks in their orange robes are a cute sight to watch.
06: A “Really Hot” Dining
It can be called as an ‘adventurous dining’. The Ema Datse, Bhutanese National Dish is a mixture of chilies and cheese. It is really hot, so always venture into these with proper arrangements of water or you will be left sputtering, coughing and sweating profusely. Watching a Bhutanese eat these with ease may make you wonder whether the Bhutanese are born without their taste buds.
07: No Chain Stores
If you want to give away the addiction of going to Mc Donald’s, Bhutan is the best place to be. You won’t find a single Mc Donald’s, a nice break from your everyday life.
08: No Effect of Recession
The pulse of Bhutan is reflected and seems to be ruled by “Gross National Happiness” and not Gross Domestic Product. The people out here are so happy irrespective of what is happening in the share market. In addition, it seems there will never be a ‘recession’ in their happiness.
09: Druk Air
In the flight towards Bhutan, you will get a sense of the happiness that lies ahead for you. The in-flight food of Druk Air, unlike most other airlines is another pleasant experience for which you will remember Bhutan.
10: Lovely Mountains, Good King, Untouched Trekking Routes and Dense Forests
Bhutan has its fair share of Eastern Himalayas, with a King on the throne. Though the King has recently given away his kingship to Democracy willingly, still the Royal Palace is the place to be. Bhutan has the last virgin trekking routes of the Himalayas, and still there are forests in Bhutan where no man has ever stepped.
11: See the Festivals
Local festivals called ‘Tshechus’ are special events celebrated annually throughout the country. Huge crowds throng the courtyards of Dzongs (fortresses) and monasteries to witness masked dancers swirl in colorful costumes depicting special events in Buddhism.
12: Go Trekking
A trekker’s paradise, Bhutan offers a range of trekking routes for both beginners and professionals. Among many, the recently opened Merak-Sakteng trekking route in Eastern Bhutan takes you to places virtually unvisited by the outsiders. Or you can challenge yourself with the world’s most difficult trek-the snowman’s trek.
13: Enjoy Nature
Bhutan is home to numerous exotic plants and animals. Orchids, blue poppy and rhododendrons thrive in the wild. Takin, the golden langur, the red panda and the black-necked cranes are among the rare and endangered animals and birds found in Bhutan.
14: Experience Adventure
There is more to Bhutan’s scenic beauty. The fast flowing rivers, the winding roads and the varying terrain provide ample avenues for activities like mountain biking, river rafting, kayaking and many more.
15: Get Spiritual
Unpolluted environment and tranquil surroundings are perfect for those looking for a peaceful getaway. Experience holistic treatments and take yoga or meditation courses to awaken your spiritual soul.
16: And of course there are other things to do
Learn to cook traditional Bhutanese food with a local family. Participate in a fun game of archery, the national sport. Visit the local weavers to see them at their handlooms, creating beautiful local textiles. Spend an evening with a learned Buddhist monk to learn about Buddhism and meditation.
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