5 Unusual & Mind-Blowing Things To Do In Bhutan
Tucked between China, Nepal and India is the alluring kingdom of Bhutan! When a country’s standard of success depends on Gross National Happiness, somewhere something is going right here! When a country’s official dress code is its vibrant traditional dress, somewhere people value their traditions as much as we all should! Somewhere between the awesome landscapes, the rich cultural heritage, and ever smiling people, this Last Shangri La is going to spin a magical web that usurps the traveller inside you. If you still haven’t found your reason to visit Bhutan, read on Samiksha Athani’s unusual things to do in Bhutan for that off-beat experience:
Off Beat Things To Do In Bhutan – Tourist Spots You Cannot Miss
#1 Experience the dance between demons and Gods
The Tshechu festival is a 5-day religious festival in Paro Bhutan! You can witness some amazing Buddhist culture dances performed by the monks in vibrant outfits and masks. Every dance part has a story to tell. For all you know, you could well be a part of it! Rated as one of the best things to do in Bhutan, don’t get disheartened if you miss the Paro festival because there are many more such festivals you catch on your Bhutan trip.
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#2 Explore the city with no traffic lights
Wait, what? Travel without traffic lights in a city?! That’s right! When you visit Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, you may notice the odd stream of vehicles during peak hours. Walk toward the North or South end of Norzin Lam in the capital and soon you will notice there are no traffic lights. Do not miss to see the traffic commander guiding the traffic with elegant and exaggerated hand gestures. A country so peaceful and values so deeply ingrained that people barely need reminders to follow any rules!
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#3 Hike your way up to spiritual wonder
Perched atop a cliff, the Paro Taktsang monastery or the “Tiger’s Nest” is where Padmasambava arrived on a flying tiger to fight a demon and meditated for 3 years in one of the caves here. The hike itself is terrific offering amazing views at dizzying heights! This trek, definitely one of the best things to do in Bhutan, is meant to reinstate that calmness is often waiting at the other end of a difficult path. Try this Bhutan Tour package that covers this and all of Bhutan’s interesting places.
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#4 Get Gompa-ed out!
Lhakhangs or temples, Gompas or monasteries, and Dzongs or fort monasteries are the best parts to visit on your trip to Bhutan. Spiritual or not, a visit to the Cheri Gompa, Bhutan’s oldest Gompa and a famous Bhutan tourist spot, will leave you in wonderment about its architecture and history and the myriad Buddhist stories. Other Gompas include Gangtey Gompa, Dzongdrakha Gompa, and many more. The most recommended things to do in Bhutan is to chant Om Mani Padme Hum during your visit to the monasteries and get blessed by the monks, and you are all set to be happy for the rest of your lives! And it works!
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#5 Experience Bhutanese cuisine
A place where chillies are eaten as vegetables and the rice is red, Bhutan has a very vibrant and simple culinary style. One of the best culinary things to do in Bhutan is to try Ema Datshi, a popular dish cooked from chillies and cheese, and devour in some Doma, betel leaves, areca nuts and lime, to experience a different palate. A biggest boon here is that there are no McDonalds or KFCs in sight. Bhutan loves its food and culture and visitors!
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#6 Shop for errr… phallic memorabilia
Your Bhutan vacation will not end unless you see phallic representations on walls and rooftops of houses. In Bhutan, also known as the Land of Phallus, a phallus represents prosperity and fertility and wards of evil. Visit the Garden of Phallus (Wangchuk Chenmoi Dümra) in the living museum of Simply Bhutan or “penis-focused monastery” (Chimi Lhakhang) to believe it. Also, if you happen to be around Thimphu’s craft market, one of the best things to do in Bhutan is to shop some phallic keychains for your loved ones!
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Bhutan Holidays Travel Tips:
- The best time to plan your Bhutan Holidays is during the spring months of March–May to witness natural beauty. Several festivals are also held during this period.
- Smoking & tobacco are illegal in Bhutan.
- It’s a respectful gesture to keep shoulders and knees covered when visiting the monasteries. Do pack warm clothes as it can get chilly at higher altitudes.
- Indian Rupee is accepted although the denominations of 500 and 1000 are no longer accepted in Bhutan.
- Windy roads and high altitudes can cause motion sickness while traveling. Carry your anti-nausea tablets.
Bhutan is everything you are looking for, if you need a quick escape from your mundane life. With these amazing things to do in Bhutan and other tourist spots, your Bhutan holiday would definitely be a great experience!
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